With fashion month coming to a close, I’ve been doing my fair share of gawking at bags. (Tough life as founder of Purseblog, I know). Here are my top five bag picks straight off the runway and, if luck will have it, into my arms.
Chloe: In her second outing for the French brand, Clare Waight Keller has made it clear that her hire was a smart one. The bags of Chloe Fall 2012 are modern, feminine and luxurious, plus actually hold everything you need for the day. Can you look at them without wanting to be the Chloe girl? I certainly can’t.
Mulberry: Mulberry comes every season with a great hybrid of luxury materials and a contemporary look, and bag after bag on the British brand’s London runway spoke directly to my personal style, and more importantly, to my future Fall 2012 closet. Trying to pick which expertly detailed piece I want to add to my collection is almost dauntingly difficult.
Balenciaga: Nicolas Ghesquiere always strays from the much-loved motorcycle bags when it comes to Balenciaga’s runway, sometimes to bizarre results. This time, though, the bags incorporate Ghesquiere’s signature proportion play without getting in the way of the designs’ retail potential. Plus, how slick are the portfolio clutches?
Marni: With a beautiful, womanly collection fall collection full of quirky minimalism and just enough maximalism, this is Marni’s moment. Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni is making the most of it, and Marni’s show, as always, was full of enough retro-modern handbag glory to satisfy nearly anyone.
Prada: What can I say? It’s Prada. The harshly graphic ‘60s patterns and huge gemstone embellishments won’t be appealing to everyone, but for hardcore, capital-F Fashion people, it’s hard to improve on Prada’s huge array of structured satchels full of print and modernist glitz.
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