Bags for all sea­sons

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this month, we take a look at the lat­est bags for both men and women, and how they’ve be­come life­style choices that re­flect our in­di­vid­ual tastes and per­son­al­i­ties.

ORO­TON is a lead­ing lux­ury brand from Aus­tralia, syn­ony­mous with fine leathers and su­pe­rior crafts­man­ship, since 1938.

It made el­e­gant gold com­pact cases a fash­ion state­ment in the 50s and brought the world its sig­na­ture me­tal­lic mesh bags in the 70s.

With a name de­rived from the Latin words “oro” and “ton”, which lit­er­ally trans­lates as “a tonne of gold” com­bined, the Syd­ney-born brand is all about the glit­ter. Its lat­est Au­tumn/Win­ter 2011 col­lec­tions – the Royal Visit and Caro­line On The Left Bank – gleam with op­u­lence and time­less ap­peal.

Oro­ton’s creative di­rec­tor Ana Maria Es­co­bar shares that clean lines and clas­sic shapes mark the Royal Visit col­lec­tion.

“I didn’t do it with the royal fam­ily in mind,” she says with a laugh. “I was think­ing more about the ev­ery­day wo­man who is ex­pect­ing a ‘royal’ visit – like when your mother-in-law comes to town and you want every­thing to be per­fect with­out over­do­ing it, or when you go on a date and want to look your best with­out try­ing too hard.”

This sea­son, its col­lec­tion of clutches, totes, ho­bos, mini and satchel bags come to life in marsh­mal­low pas­tels, cloud cream, grasshop­per khaki, nut­meg and bold an­i­mal print.

Es­co­bar adds that this Au­tumn’s star, the Luca col­lec­tion, makes the per­fect day-time ac­ces­sory. It fea­tures linen that is worked back with soft nappa leather. The Luca satchel, the col­lec­tion’s cen­tral piece, boasts so­phis­ti­ca­tion and func­tion­al­ity with its pol­ished, three-tone de­sign. The struc­tured clutches are evoca­tive of la­dy­like el­e­gance.

The Serene col­lec­tion, on the other hand, brims with de­mure chic. Made from ul­tra-soft peb­ble grain leather, the stylish look is off- AF­TER 70 years, Coach is still com­ing up with great New Yorkin­spired bags. For its an­niver­sary, there are a few bags to look out for − the Madi­son Quilted Chevron Lind­sey, Madi­son Caro­line, Bleeker Tick­ing Stripe Courier bag, Tote and Week­end bag.

The Fall 2011 col­lec­tions are also avail­able in stores now, with ac­tress Gwyneth Pal­trow fronting the cam­paign.

The new Chelsea Col­lec­tion – clas­sic, re­fined and fem­i­nine – is seen with the leather-bound edges of early Coach styles but up­dated with a new, elon­gated clo­sure, com­bin­ing the clas­sic Coach turn­lock with the lozenge shape of the orig­i­nal Coach logo.

The Chelsea Dowel Flap up­dates the clas­sic dowel de­signs from 20 years ago, while the Chelsea Suede Pocket Flap rein­ter­prets a sim­ple, rec­tan­gu­lar sil­hou­ette in vel­vety suede. Small scale ver­sions are avail­able.

The Madi­son col­lec­tion of­fers an up­dated ver­sion of last year’s in­stant clas­sic Sophia Satchel as well as the Pleated Sophia. There’s also the smaller-scaled Se­quin Mini and Se­quin Ocelot Mini day-to-evening bags in dif- set with soft tassels and in­te­grated chain and leather strap. For a night out, there is the glitzy Opera mini­bag and the Icon Crys­tals clutch, a minaudiere of crys­tals in five eye­catch­ing jewel hues.

Fem­i­nine de­tail­ing res­onates through­out, which in­cludes elab­o­rate state­ment jew­ellery, re­fined knits and bal­let flats.

Oro­ton con­tin­ues its au­tum­nal Royal Af­fair with its re­gal Win­ter col­lec­tion, Caro­line On The Left Bank. Es­co­bar says it was in­spired by the time­less beauty of Princess Caro­line of Monaco, whom she met dur­ing a re­cent trip to Paris.

“I had a spe­cial mo­ment while walk­ing along the left bank of the Seine when I no­ticed the most beau­ti­ful wo­man try­ing on a leop­ard dress in a vin­tage shop. She had an en­tourage around her and that was when I re­alised it was Princess Caro­line. She was just so ef­fort­lessly el­e­gant in her beau­ti­ful lit­tle dress that it in­spired me to cre­ate a col­lec­tion to cap­ture that pre­cise mo­ment, of that bold, leop­ard print dress she had on and how spe­cial a piece can make you feel.”

The range is all about spe­cial mo­ments, she elab­o­rates. “It’s about wait­ing for that some­one spe­cial, hav­ing a party you’ll never for­get n Prices start from RM150. Avail­able at Coach stores in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, KLIA and Pe­nang. or hav­ing a spe­cial place to go to – ev­ery bag is de­signed for that spe­cial mo­ment in time.”

It plays with print and tex­ture, fea­tur­ing ny­lon, pony-skin and glossy Ital­ian resin un­der­pinned by clas­sic fem­i­nine lines with tinges of nos­tal­gia.

“Ev­ery Oro­ton col­lec­tion has a lit­tle bit of nos­tal­gia to it. It is a 73-year-old brand, af­ter all. I think it brings us back to the very core of what the brand is about,” she adds.

The range isn’t short on ro­mance, ei­ther, with calm neu­trals like rose pink, tan and caviar as the high­light of the col­lec­tion. De­tailed hard­ware strength­ens the range in glad­i­a­to­rial bronzes, gun­metal and gold.

“We are in­spired by trends but we don’t nec­es­sar­ily try to fol­low them. For in­stance, dusky pink and grasshop­per green are in this sea­son, and we played that up in our col­lec­tion, but the shapes and hard­ware pieces of our de­signs are still dis­tinc­tively Oro­ton. We are known for our qual­ity and soft leathers as well as our sig­na­ture mesh and it’s bi­cy­cle packs and bags for the man-on-the-go.

There’s the top of the line Crosby col­lec­tion added to the new Bleecker Legacy Col­lec­tion that com­bines archival el­e­ments with modern de­sign.

The light­weight Riv­ing­ton avail­able in quilted or smooth Ital­ian leather, is in­spired by vin­tage ski­wear. The all new Bow­ery Col­lec­tion, avail­able in rugged leather or light­weight ny­lon with the tex­ture of bal­lis­tic fab­ric, is trimmed with ul­tra-premium Ha­vana leather. –S.S.Yoga all still there.”

She adds that the brand is pop­u­lar across gen­er­a­tions. “It’s a time­less brand. In Aus­tralia, we have those aged 15 to 50 years old who sim­ply love their Oro­ton bags. It’s re­ally hard for me to de­scribe the ideal Oro­ton wo­man as she spans the gen­er­a­tions and varied per­son­al­i­ties.”

Es­co­bar, who be­came the brand’s creative di­rec­tor in 2008, says she draws in­spi­ra­tion from the past.

“I look into the past to bring the brand into the fu­ture, rather than look into the fu­ture and think of what I’m go­ing to do next. I try to keep a bal­ance be­tween the brand’s her­itage and sea­sonal trends,” she con­cludes. –Fion­aHo n Oro­ton is avail­able at Suria KLCC and the Gar­dens, Kuala Lumpur. Prices range from RM120 to RM3,150.

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