Making a statement with your handbag

  • Style
  • Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015

Louis Vuitton Petite Malle in epi denim

From quirky to whimsical, this season, it’s all about choosing a bag that speaks to you.

A new season means a new bag. The trick to making a seasonal bag work for you is to choose something that will go with your existing wardrobe.

Then again, that sounds rather boring, and let’s face it, who cares about bags that last forever? Yes, we all have classics in perfect structured shapes, in black, brown and beige.

The ones that you can grab at a moment’s notice and will look right with just about anything. Which we have way too many of and should really stop buying because some of us don’t have daughters to inherit bags and if we do, they want new bags.

But seriously, that’s not what a seasonal bag should be. A seasonal bag is a statement bag, bought purely for the pleasure of the visual and striking spectacle it makes. Yes, it may look like the top half of a leather jacket, completely unsuitable for anything and small enough just for a credit card. Does it matter?

This season, go completely mad and give in to your senses and embrace carrying a bag that doesn’t make sense to anyone else but you and the fashion squad.

Parade it: Voting the Chanel way

Throw caution to the wind, pick shapes, choose colours, but above all, make it a happy choice. When was the last time you bought a bag just because? And who says you can’t use it next season?

A bag is a personal statement and this season, make it your statement. And get it before April because you don’t need bag nightmares of the GST kind.

Here’s a look at some of the choices for Spring/Summer 2015:


“I thought it was fun to make a fashion demonstration and what is near to fashion is feminism. Modern updated feminism,” said Karl Lagerfeld on the fashionable picket-waving protest march that went on during Chanel’s runway show.

In other words, if you’re going to protest, do it the Chanel way and Votez Coco for president, because really, how could you not?


It’s all about micro bags this season, the smaller the better. Downsizing is an art, so make everything minuscule and drop the non-essentials from the bag. Ideally your life (ie: your phone) should be able to fit in it. And because you know people will stare at your teeny bag, choose one that can stare back. With an attitude.

Clean lines from Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

The Borgonuovo Bag, first introduced in 2013, gets an update every season and this time around, it’s become a bucket bag. The bucket is one of the more popular shapes that every fashion house seems to have, so what makes this different? It’s subtle and doesn’t try too hard. And you can’t beat Italian craftsmanship. (It’s also the only sober bag on the list.)


Oh Moschino! When you’re tired of a bag that looks like a bag but instead want a bag that looks like a shoe or a leather jacket, this is the brand that will speak to you. It’s just so kitschy and different that it’s the only brand that gets two photos. Because we need to see it to believe it.

Saint Laurent

Get in the groove with this bag from the Psych Rock collection. You really can’t get more impossibly cool than when you’re part of the Saint Laurent brigade. Glamorous, decadent and somewhat world weary, this beautiful little number in silver fake python will take you from noon to night.


By now just about everyone would have seen the ubiquitous MCM knapsack in all its studded glory. While it’s sweetly pretty this season in a sorbet of colours, a more striking option is this clutch with just about everything on it – studs, stones, chain and leather. Because it just wouldn’t be MCM if it’s not in your face.

Louis Vuitton Petite Malle in epi denim

Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle returns in epi leather denim blue. It first made an appearance last season and is inspired by the brand’s iconic trunks. While you can wear it across your body, as a sling bag or clutch, let’s face it, this bag is just way too cute not to be included. Plus the denim gives it an edge.


You wouldn’t think the House of Dior does quirky, until you look at the Diorama. While the shape is pretty much in line with the classic and elegant lines Dior is known for, it’s the materials and those round holes on the bag that make it look different. On closer inspection, it looks like you could actually plug something in it, but I was told, no, it’s purely aesthetics.

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