What’s your bag?

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

WHILE leather and metal­lic hard­ware usu­ally dom­i­nate on the cat­walks, for SS18, we saw the emer­gence of sweet, Sev­en­ties-style bags at Miu Miu, Gior­gio Ar­mani and even Alexan­der Wang (the lat­ter in black, of course). Ideal if you’re go­ing to be wear­ing lots of floaty boho frocks and retro denim this sea­son, take your high-street pick from lit­eral bas­ket bags or wo­ven totes in sum­mery hues. THESE have been around for a few years, but they’ve had a bit of a makeover for spring, with bright jewel tones seen at Em­po­rio Ar­mani and candy-striped box bags at Carolina Her­rera. For­get slouchy sacks, it’s all about chic cylin­dri­cal bucket bags, in neu­tral tones with min­i­mal de­tail­ing. BARELY big­ger than a fist, evening bags were se­ri­ously shrunken in the SS18 col­lec­tions, from Fendi’s adorable top-han­dle minia­tures, to Chanel’s egg-like hard­case bags. You might think mi­cro bags are only suit­able for af­ter dark – and cer­tainly a tiny sparkly purse is a great cock­tail com­pan­ion – but a small, sporty cross­body bag looks great by day (as long as you can sur­vive with only your keys, cash card and phone). MORE de­sign­ers than ever jumped on the bum bag band­wagon this sea­son, with Ba­len­ci­aga, Gucci, Marc Ja­cobs and Alexan­der Wang all show­ing the hands­free pouches (many of them worn across the chest rather than around the waist).

If you want the prac­ti­cal­ity of a bum bag but don’t like the sporty throw­back style, try a struc­tured belt bag – a black leather ver­sion chimes in with the sea­son’s cow­girl trend well.

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