From Chloé's new colorblocked Amelia shoulder style to Chanel's amazing hula-hoop pouch, the runways of Paris offered no shortage of gorgeous bags. Herein, the very chicest of them all.
Phillip Lim is the latest designer to offer up his Spring 2013 bags for preorder — and the pieces on offer couldn't be more exciting. The collection brought eye-catching updates to the brand's most iconic bags — like the popular Pashli satchel and a new drawstring bucket bag — in a colorful, floral digital print. Adding to his Spring lineup were sleek crossbodies and a black leather duffle with hardware-clad corners, which are sure to stand up to the heavy-duty use they are sure to be put through. Slated to ship in January, all of the bags are available right now on Moda Operandi.
When it comes to Spring 2013 bags, the city that both Mulberry and Burberry call home did not disappoint. From technicolor duffles in slick vinyl to ostrich clutch-tote hybrids to chain-strap pouches shaped like pineapples, there were plenty of styles to admire. Herein, the very best of them, straight from the runways of London Fashion Week.
While it may be too early to say which of the styles recently spotted on New York's runways will turn out to be the It bags of Spring 2013, there are already plenty of contenders. From the checkered and chained clutches at Victoria Beckham to the boxy totes emblazoned with florals at 3.1 Phillip Lim, the possibilities are endless. To make the competition just a little easier, we've gathered up some of the best of them — and we'll be adding more as they come in. Start the bidding now.
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It's safe to say that our handbags aren't just arm candy reflections of our style sensibility, they've also become a necessary extension of our lives. Without these trusty companions, where would we put our wallet, miscellaneous receipts, pens, phone, sunglasses, on-the-go makeup options, and hand sanitizer? Life without these accessories seems, well, unorganized. Thus, our heavy reliance on our purses means it's really only a matter of time until the wear and tear shows. We're here to put the kibosh on handbag damage. Just by being a little more careful, providing some product-enhanced TLC, and utilizing an old pillowcase for greater purposes (believe us on this one), your sidekick will look as new as the day you got it. Keep reading below for quick no-fail handbag care tips.
- Treat it. For leather and canvas bags, it's wise to treat them before taking them out into the wild (or just out of the dust bag). That way, the bag's surface is preconditioned to weather to storm, literally, in those situations where you may just be caught in a downpour sans umbrella. For leather iterations, try the Armor All leather protectant spray ($7), and for canvas totes, opt for the Scotchgard fabric protector ($5). Here's the snag though: be sure to test the protectant on a small piece of the fabric before getting spray-happy. Some of these protectants can actually change the color of the original leather or canvas, so it's good to make sure your bag isn't subject to a little makeover in the treatment process.
Actually, make that a very lucky 13 — or a very lucky girl who walks away with any of these coveted Fall satchels. We've compiled a bit of a lust list: the bags that are at high alert on our style radar this upcoming season. Yes, each one requires a commitment and a real investment from its buyer. But we're firm believers in spending when it's truly worth the money, and these satchels, clutches, and carryalls have proven their worth. Even if you're just window-shopping, each of these beauties is worth a look (or a longing stare, at the very least). Click on to see the bags that made our list and the reasons why they're worth the splurge.
You have the floaty sundress and a woven wedges, so now it's time to complete your sunny-day look with a classic straw bag. Dolce & Gabbana, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Prada showed straw and woven bags on their runways, solidifying their place in our fashion consciousness as a chic Summer staple. Whether you opt for the iconic shoulder bag to stash your beach essentials or a sleek straw clutch to sweeten up an LBD, this relaxed piece is perfect for adding a bit of retro pop to your Summer look. Jordana Brewster, Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, and more of our favorite style-setters have given us the inspiration to snap one up this season. See how they wear theirs, and shop some of our editors' picks now.
We're trading Winter's heavier hardware for Spring's lighter fare — bags and all. We watched bags in every hue, print, silhouette, and style make their way down the Spring '12 runways, and now we're translating those styles to our own wardrobes with a closer look at all the options. From the oversize clutch to the sportier colorblocked styes, we zeroed in on this season's biggest bag trends — just consider this your Spring bag field guide. Whether you're ready to make a serious investment or just looking for a little fun, we promise there's something in here for everyone. Just click through to find your It bag for Spring.
>> Milan Fashion Week has come and gone, and in its wake? No shortage of gorgeous shoes and bags to covet. From the cherub-embroidered chain-strap pouches on offer at Dolce & Gabbana to the colorblock Kabuki platforms spotted at Marni, they're all right here. See them up close — in all their drool-worthy glory — now.
Handbags: we all need them, we all love them — and this past week on the Fall 2012 runways, we were given scores of new ones to drool over. Designers like Michael Kors, Elie Tahari, and BCBG Max Azria played to the season's cozy fur obsession, while Diane von Furstenberg won our hearts with her cheeky, colorful clutches, and Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang introduced styles we have to have. We're sure you'll feel the same as we do — so we've rounded up 80 of the hottest bags from New York Fashion Week to get you excited for the Fall season.