Bags this spring 2006 are busy, busy, busy, with lots of stitch detail.
Busy, grossly oversized bags are the latest 'it' bags of the season.
Don't worry if you can't afford a top of the range designer bag, because the
high street has done it's best to accommodate everyone. Last season's
craze for a bag such as the Fendi Spy, Chloé Paddington, Silverado or
Marc Jacobs Stam, means that you will be able to find high street gear that has similar elements.
In both designer and high street shops look out for larger handbags than you have ever had before. Examine bags with extra buckle down straps, edges wrapped with leather thonging,
plaited areas and plait handles. Other textural techniques include studs, padlocks, frills, gathers and
tassels. Most of all, check out the metallic finishes, including
inexpensive fast fashion bags, such as those shown in the header at a Marks and Spencers
Per Una section.
These two pocketed bags, images below are courtesy of
Debenhams and both are very
attractive examples of pocketed bags. They retain an element of
neatness missing on some bags smothered in oversized locks and bulky extra end pockets. The pink
bag is a Designers at Debenhams
model by Jasper Conran and is one of my favourite
summer bags this year, it is also affordable at £55. This bag would work well with
all the tones used in
the colours of
Blush Looks for spring.
The red bag image is also courtesy of Debenhams - they have a fine range of
leather fashion bags. Debenhams Red Herring studded shoulder bag £22 - Debenhams Stockist enquiries: 08445 61 61 61
Printed bags are very much the current vogue, as is the new deeper taller bag shape
and deep tote styles. Ogle the variety of decorative trimming on
bags from sailor rope, bamboo, beading, gold studs or silver studs.
Frequently, headscarves or gold chain are slotted through its eyelets. Handles may
incorporate chain in twists with leather or be simply made of chain. Many
handles are made of plaited leather pieces and of course, seek out woven
leather bags as shown below and in imitation of those made popular by Bottega Veneta.
The latest bags are so very busy that they are textured and embellished, even when inexpensive. Raffia is over embroidered, studs and stones like turquoise
are embedded in the extremities or even the main body of bag materials.
Leather and suede is frequently presented as washed and distressed, tie
dyed, tool impressed, cut-out,
frilled, made into rose trims and generally made of huge proportions.
This spring the current seasonal fashion trend is for the slouchy bag. In 2006
it has fully integrated itself with the masses as a major fashion. This
fashion owes much to the Gucci Hobos, the Fendi Spy bag, the Chloé
Paddington and the Silverado. Oversized large squashy outsized slouchy
hobo bags complete the fashion look of spring 2006.
Consider investing now in a bag with a chain handle as this look is
destined to be a strong one next autumn.
Hardware and ironmongery on bags are reaching a new peak and many bags have
studs in rows, or bands of extra metal trimmed leather over the body of a bag. White bags are set
to be popular, but please make sure it's not a cheap looking bag as white
bags can look tacky quickly. They also mark very easily whatever they cost,
so avoid using pens near them. This white studded
example is from Debenhams.
Butterfly white button circle shoulder bag, £55 by Matthew Williamson for the
Spring/Summer 2006 range of Accessories at
This is also the year of the metallic bag that
shimmers and glistens with silver gunmetal, gold, copper or bronze tones.
This photo below is of a metallic bag by Julian MacDonald and is
courtesy of Debenhams. Notice the metallic grey gunmetal finish and
the tassel feature. I rather like this bag too, as it is not OTT for a
metallic finish. Grey will also be a strong colour contender next
autumn. This design below courtesy of Debenhams, is Star by
Julien Macdonald - Gathered Small Shoulder Bag Spring/Summer 2006 - £30
The Oatmeal crocheted raffia bag below is courtesy of
Laura Ashley - please call 020 7880 5262 for
further details on price.
The very dark brown leather tote bag is from Marks and Spencer has surface texture created by weaving panels of leather
strips. (See above picture, right hand bag). It very much pays homage to Bottega Veneta bags and the bag can
be ordered online from Marks.
These felt Doctor bags from Buckles and Bows in UK are also great fun. They
neatly marry the idea of a handbag with that of a clutch bag. This could be
a good bag for a wedding as the flowers make the bag ideal for the woman who dislikes wearing a
hat or corsage. It looks roomy, but is uncluttered and would team well with
Other bag looks include western saddle bags such as those by Toast and look
out for new uses of old fabrics for bags such as the thick felt bags above
from Buckles and Bows.
Women are cramming more and more unnecessary items into their bags! They need to learn to judge the occasion and to pare down a little choosing a smaller bag where appropriate. Decoders know
that more structured lines of traditional 1950s styled handbags and tall totes are the way to go.
For some time, I've noticed that bags are showing a trend to change shape
growing taller, sleeker, cleaner and more structured and this is without the
lumpy untidiness of excessive bulky outside pockets on every
available surface. Many have interesting trims such as studs, piping
lines and tassels, but retaining a less fussy more streamlined look. The lines of some of
the hobo bags are gradually being morphed into newer taller more pyramid
handbag styles, which follow the lines of fuller skirts.
Status driven habits mean that women pursue the designer handbag dream.
One reason they like the designer handbag is that the rest of the body may
well be quite dressed down. A woman can don jeans to feel relaxed,
but they still want an item of cachet to tell the world they are making it.
The item of cachet is the European designer handbag.
Bags are incredibly important accessories for every season. 'It' bags
have driven the market to such an extent that many high street retailers
have upped their bag styles a notch and added higher priced bag ranges. Naturally the high street bags pay homage to copies of 'it' bags. The bags are upgraded and so sold
complete with dust bag.
Those ahead of the pack already know know that after 5:00 pm, small bags work best
in the evening. Since cargo pockets moved off pants onto bags, we have
seen a plethora of over weighted bags whose contents overflow into already
bulging sacks. I am with Tom Ford on this one.
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