Hot Handbag Trends ’09

Whether going to a formal occasion, on a night out or simply going to work, handbags are often the most important part of an outfit. This has been the case since the early 1920s, when handbags became important autonomous fashion pieces. Only 30 years later, the 1950s saw a decade where handbags were at the fore of fashion priority as women enjoyed an era of change and innovation.

Since the 1950s, popular handbag designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes have been at the fore of handbag creations that are both fashionable and functional. Especially during the 1990s, these designers and others such as Christian Dior, Fendi, Lockheart, Gucci and Prada helped to coin the term ‘it bag’ as the handbag market grew and grew. Such designers aimed to produce one stunning bag that would be the bag of the moment, a design that was popular amongst celebrities and fashionistas alike. Examples include the Hermes Birkin – named after actress Jane Birkin – the Chanel 2.55 and the Fendi B. These bags sold thousands upon thousands and have become staples in every classic dressers’ wardrobes.

Although the aforementioned handbags are high quality timeless pieces, this decade has seen a more experimental and relaxed approach to the handbag market as all different kinds of styles and patterns have been ‘in trend’ at various points. The clutch is a perennial favourite on red carpets and at formal occasions, as it is small yet long enough to accommodate a lot of content and can add a block of colour or embellishment to an otherwise simple outfit.

Messenger and sling bags have become popular for casual daytime use as they are so easy to wear. This kind of bag looks fantastic with the upcoming tribal and patterned look, as one can combine the fashionable harem pant with a fitted top and messenger bag and look dead on trend. Popular fashion magazines have also recently been championing the sling bag because it is so versatile. The Bag by Proenza Schouler is an example of a sling bag which has won critical acclaim for its ability to be worn with anything from combats to a sparkly jumpsuit.

In addition to sling and messenger bags, slouchy summer bags are also bang on trend, as are neon block colours and tribal inspired themes. Zagliani as a designer has released a collection of bags which comply with all three of these trends and will brighten up any plain outfit; the perfect choice for summer.

Recently, tote bags have also become more popular as larger bags both make women look slimmer and also can hold a lot of stuff. The Jimmy Choo Lola Jayne Bag in particular is a hot staple bag and its recent customization in different fabrics and colours ensures there will be one to suit you and your choice of trend, whether you prefer tribal, classic or the up and coming soft pastel romantic look.

This ‘romantic’ trend is all about frills, delicate accessories, intricate charm bracelets and faded colours. Burberry has pioneered this look for 2009 with the adaptation of their signature trenches to look faded and dip-dyed. At Prada, part-undone crumpled silk, hobble skirt suits combined sexy with feminine. Many bags on the high street this spring and summer 09 are going to be part of this look, combining soft texturous materials with pastel summery colours.

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