Get ready for a clash of the titans; a meeting of masters. The best handbags of the season are in the ring and it’s time to decide which side you’re on.
By Alannah Sparks
Twinkles Versus Tassels
When the rhythm starts to play, do you like to sashay and sway or do you twinkle and twirl? Dippy hippy dancing girls will love to shake their stuff in lashings of fringe (and Sara Battaglia’s bags offer just that), whereas tiny dancers will opt to twinkle the night away with the light-catching jewels of Marni’s clutch. Which finish will be first past the post?
Little Versus Large
Are you the type of girl who requires the kitchen sink to come with her when she heads out the door for work in the morning? Or would a lip balm, bank card and mobile phone suffice? Perhaps you’re one but wish you are the other? Perhaps you’re the other but wish you could be both? Aha! Luckily, this season, designers have made everyone’s favourite handbags in macro and micro versions so that it can fit right into your life – or you can fit your life into it.
Left: Mini Legend tote by Alexander McQueen from Luisa Boutique, Miki Bracelet by Aurélie Bidermann from Uzerai Right:Legend tote by Alexander McQueen from Feathers, Pearl cuff by Chloé from Changing Room
Monochrome Versus Multicoloured
Keep things chic or taste the rainbow? Purists will always opt for the stark minimalism of monochrome, and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s stripes would no doubt delight Coco Chanel, who said, ‘Black has it all. White, too. Their beauty is absolute.’ But what about that surge of unadulterated glee that you get when you open your cupboard doors and take out a starburst of colour? Only those who own a Paula Cademartori bag will understand.
Left: Soleil Tote bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim from Excelsior Milano , Tripple Ring by Aimee.Aimer from Kabiri. Right: Fay shoulder bag by Paula Cademartori from Eraldo, Daimer bangle by Charlet par Aime from Kabiri, Nico double bar ring by Selin Kent from Kabiri, Pearl ring by Ruifier from Kabiri
Fun Versus Fancy
Uptown girls, look to Dolce & Gabbana’s Miss Sicily bag: flawlessly structured, timeless, and undeniably feminine – it’s the Monica Bellucci of handbags. Of course, not everybody wants to be a lady. Anya Hindmarch’s spring offering will bring out the naughty schoolgirl in everyone; the pranking, vandalising, truanting nuisance that all of us wish we could be every once in a while. Lady or Lolz? It’s time to lay down your bets.
Left: Imperial Eyes box clutch by Anya Hindmarch for Pozzilei, Lapis ring by Delfina Delettrez from Dolci Trame, Iris ring by Charlet par Aime from Kabiri Right:Large Sicily tote by Dolce & Gabbana from Stefania Mode, Gold & Diamond cuff by La Brune et La Blonde from Kabiri, Pearl ring by Ruifier from Kabiri
Slouch Versus Saddle
When it comes to this season’s must-have shape, the fashion world is divided. Should you plump for the horsey lines and rich-girl hardware of Chloè’s Drew bag, which has stealthily crept its way onto every street style blog this season? Or will you slouch your way into the biggest bag trend of the season via Sophie Hulme’s soft-but-sturdy, brilliantly roomy bucket bag? Bonus points for it being able to fit in your lunch Tupperware.
Left: Bucket tote by Sophie Hulme from Bernard, Vita Fede crystal bracelet from Kabiri, Telepathy ring by Pamela Love from Dolci Trame Right: Drew Shoulder bag by Chloe from Gretta Luxe, Sculptural ring by Selin Kent from Kabiri
Suede Versus Snake
Rock ‘n’ rollers rejoice: both of your favourite skins are hot hot hot this season. The only problem... how in the name of Mick Jagger do you choose between them? Do you opt for Maison Margiela’s stage-hopping suede – soft and pliable, just like the morals at Woodstock? Or Proenza Schouler’s hard-edged snakeskin, which gives your backstage look just the right amount of bite? Strokeable or serpentine? Only you can decide.
Left: Suede tote by Maison Margiela from Solis, 'Planetaria' bangle by Lara Bohinc from Uzerai Right: Multicolour python 'PS11' by Proenza Schouler from Stefania Mode, Gold and pearl bracelet by Vita Fede from Kabiri, Silver wire cuff by Philippe Audibert from Bernard