all know that women change their handbag styles often. You don't
need to lose any weight to buy the perfect new handbag, nor do you need to
embarrass yourself by squeezing into it in front of a helpful, but sneering
assistant. You can read more about selecting a
handbag from the 2006 bag pages.
This fall the new trend of a clutch bag will update evening looks.
Another must have fashion accessory is a tiny
bag or minaudière like the ultra small designer evening gold bag. See Blugirl evening bag image courtesy of IFTF.
Marks and Spencer gold bag called Midnight (available for Christmas) is a
large barrel bag, it would be perfect for a change of clothes when out and
about in the evening whilst having to stay on overnight. This barrel bag
is also be available in cream, silver and black.
For day looks, a big bag is still the bag of choice for many women. Although I do feel that beyond a certain size a big bag becomes LUGGAGE! Read about all types of other bag
styles and how to avoid purchasing a fake bag in the
2006 range here.
The new film ‘Snakes on a Plane’ shows the complete hype of snakeskin
handbags, belts, wallets, purses, shoes and bangles all in reptilian skins. This
may have an influence on purchasers of fashion accessories, but the
importance of the film in relation to the trend seems over hyped to me.
Exotic leathers or reptilian skins have been with us for some time
and still captures the textures of fall. These handbags come in either real or faux impressed patterns with a high glaze.
Fur bags are a newer use of fur and if you can't wear the bulk that the more
voluminous looks currently give then try the bulky fur bag.
Far right is a
Gucci Hobo fur bag.
Animal print shoes and
fashion handbags abound. These give an instant update without
creating too much of a 'Bet Lynch' barmaid effect, as these prints in
sometimes do. Left is an animal print bag from the autumn 2006 range, image
courtesy of Debenhams.
I recently treated myself to a Russell and Bromley small cute suede leopard
print bag (£145) with partial gilt link chain in its Linky style. It's
a perfect expensive looking small boxy shaped bag for day or as an evening
bag and still holds a few essentials. It does not have that weighed
down look some of the current super sized bags have and which can look
ludicrous with evening wear. Leopard print looks terrific with black
or gold. With leopard or any animal print choose the bag
material carefully to avoid the bag looking cheap.
Fur women's fashion handbag image courtesy of IFTF.
This capacious Billy Bag will hold everything you need.
Don't forget fashion handbags come in a wide range of great colours, for example, this berry
red is such a great tone that even if red is not your colour you can team it with a black and grey outfit.
There is no doubt, even if
you cannot wear a red
dress, the colour red need not pass you by this autumn 2006.
purples are also a strong colours for Autumn 2006 and the
purple bag in the
header is from
Boutique and is an Emma Gordon design.
On designer handbags, casual looks are mixed with luxury details often
in the form of gold plated hardware attachments that can form the function once
performed by jewellery worn on the neck or wrist.
Chain handles are used often on grab bags. Decorative chain is also applied to the handbag body. Cabochon stones decorate bag corners. Studding
is everywhere especially on distressed leathers.
Fashion Accessories are now
'precious' with hardware becoming an accessory to the accessory.
An example of bags of this type include this Gucci clutch evening bag shown right.
It is the latest fashion trend and has the functional addition of wristlet hardware - after all holding a
clutch does put one's other hand out of action.
On many other designer handbags, the accessory additions
are just so OTT, but in this case, the wristlet is truly useful. I find it the ultimate silliness to accessorize the accessory with extra
charms and brooches. Leave that to the consumer to think out for themselves
with real personal items owned with love.
Shoulder bags with a chain strap
are another look of this fall. Some bead bags have long bugle beads
Gucci brand has been having a boom in sales in the Asia pacific region,
double digit growth globally. Gucci was founded in 1881 and so is 85 years
old. Gucci's Frida Gianni reworked the
Hobo bag at Gucci to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Gucci House.
Other top brands for fashion accessories include Bottega
Veneta with their handbags performing well. Bottega Veneta is the most prestigious luxury brand of 2006 and is
Gucci’s second main string to its bow. Bottega Veneta is understated,
but makes goods of the highest quality. Very Chic. They are famous for their
woven leather distinctive tasteful bags. Such bags account for 83% of the Bottega revenue.
Bottega Veneta has a website
and one section has a unit called Tomas’ Picks which is updated 6 times a
year to match ready to wear collections. They have 540 styles, but what is
online is more limited making it a more exclusive outlet. One concept will be
to produce handbags online that are not found at Bottega Veneta retailer
Bottega Veneta has a reputation for incomparable quality. Its trademark recognisable understated fashion handbag is that of the interwoven leather style. Owned by the Gucci Group since February 2001. Tomas Maier, who trained in Paris,
joined in June 2001. His shows have been highly acclaimed and he utilises fine materials such baby lizard and soft crocodile often adorned
with further embellishment of embroidery or appliqué. The luxury products
are available globally from a website designed to satisfy discerning clients
Other brands like YSL have had good sales of the Muse bag. Recently LVMH
has extended its stores to Abu Dhabi, UAE and Luxembourg and will soon be in
Budapest. They are also set to open a Louis Vuitton outlet in Leeds UK this
If you are feeling wistful because this year you simply can't run to a
party gown consider adding great accessories to existing outfits.
You may already own a glamorous dress quite suitable for the one evening
function you may attend this winter. If you don't want to buy a new
gown then simply re accessorize your existing gown. Use an
accessory such as this
House of Fraser lovely flower
corsage at the waistline and bring your dress bang up to date with a cinched in
waist. Or buy new
fashion accessories such as a hard case
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