Picking the right bag is always something of a challenge, and especially if you want to stand out from the crowd. Some of the leading bags and clutches for Autumn and Winter 2012 can help you achieve the right look in a number of ways, from embodying current trends for structured accessories, metallic colours, and prints, through to simply being a gorgeous example of designer fashion. It’s worth, then, looking at a sample of the best bags available from top designers for the coming months, even if some might be out of the average buyers’ price range. These bags, listed in no particular order, include:
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Maison Martin Margiela
The Maison Martin Margiela brand is all about combining functionality with very high quality materials and dynamic styles. The latest bags from the designer include elctric colours, oversized models, zigzag trims, zip fastening, and prominent branded barcodes to distinguish their designer appeal.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Von Furstenberg’s bags are defined by their simple chic looks, and her latest bags represent variations on sleek leather, with mini sizes also available. These bags also feature calfskin and daybag options, as well as flat top handles, tassel pulls, and turn lock details.
Recently popularised by Elle Macpherson, Pierre Hardy’s bags include mini print suede clutches, and focus on geometric looks that recall some of the best bags from Alexander McQueen.
This egg shaped bag is available in silver and gold as a stylish clutch. Featuring a press top, the bag is inlaid with crystals and stones, while still being functional enough to be worn as a practical bag at formal events.
While fur might not be the most practical option for the British Autumn and Winter, faux fur and short and long haired option mean that a bag in this style can be a bold statement. Christian Dior and Elie Saab collections have more recently experimented with this style.
The trend for shoulder bags doesn’t seem to be losing its momentum, with more recent styles pushing towards more geometric styles, and structured looks. Notable brands for shoulder bags this season include Lanvin and Chanel.
Celine ‘Trapeze’ Tote
The Celine bag has been a consistently popular option this year, from its black on black classic look, to bags available in multiple textures. More recent bags have included the Python trapeze tote, which is distinguished by colourblocking, and embodies the trend for fold out wings.
Sisley ‘Bucket’ Bag
This practical bag features long straps and double handles, making it ideal for more practical uses. White and leather bucket bags in the Sisley brand are typically complemented by bags in orange and red shades.
The latest trend from Burberry has focused on heritage and retro styles, with large satchels and totes featuring abstract patterns continuing the impact of the British brand.
Phillip Lim Shoulder Bag
Another popular shoulder bag, the Phillip Lim range is notable for making bold prints and Pop Art an important part of designs. Brighter colours, and elegant, structured looks are key to this brand.
Matt Mynors is a freelance copywriter, currently writing on fashion and lifestyle subjects for glam crystal bag retailer Glam Confidential.