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Are designer handbags still in?

ralph lauren_saddle_bag_18_05_12Stars sport the latest on-trend handbags, showing that our penchant for totes, satchels, clutches and carry-alls isn’t on the wane.

In the throws of an economic crisis it seems a tad frivolous to blow £700 plus on a handbag. Designer it may be, but it’s also equivalent to the cost of a holiday. And you can get knock-offs from Primark and the like, a la Britain’s high street.

Yet the coming of spring has brought with it a smattering of new satchels and totes. And, of course, celebrities and ‘It’ bag enthusiasts, alike, have gone mad for them.

First out the metaphorical starting gate for spring/summer 2012 was Ralph Lauren’s Saddle Shoulder bag (£950). Spotted strewn across the shoulders of actresses Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde, the casual satchel-esque bag is perfect for giving off a laid back vibe.

Second in line is the the Prada Pyramide bag (from £1,800). A chic and sleek three-dimensional carry case crafted from Saffiano leather, singer Katy Perry and actress Diane Kruger are partial to the Prada number. There’s a tinge of athleticism to this bowler-esque bag, so you can marry housewife chic with a touch of sportsmanship.
And then there came Louis Vuitton’s Epi Rainbow Alma (£905). Revamping its classic bag in a range of 12 bright shades, including red chilli and cyan blue, the colourful leather is an instant mood booster for summer.
Mulberry, meanwhile, have finally launched the hotly anticipated Del Rey (from £795). Inspired by up-town songstress Lana Del Rey, the tote has a certain doctor bag vibe to it, but showcases that deliciously creamy leather Mulberry is famed for.
And, of course there had to be an offering from Phoebe Philo. As the Trapeze trumped the ‘It’ bag charts a while ago, Céline designers had a hard task of creating something as swoon-worthy. And so came along the Nano (£1250). The tiny tote has already made it into the proud hands of singer Rihanna and actress Emma Roberts, and sits pretty on a pedestal for cutesie baggage chic.
With Chanel and a stream of other designers also plying the market with luscious leather, the question is, which handbag icon will you covet – or scour for high street alternatives – this summer?

Picture credit: Ralph Lauren

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