It’s only fitting that Fashion Week closes in Paris. It’s where everything, every runway and every new trend culminates in a delicate, deliberate mash-up. There’s no obvious rhyme or reason, and that’s one of the reasons we can’t get enough: I love a gutsy, bright multi-exotic shoulder bag as much as I love a minimalistic clutch. Or a luxuriant riff on the paper bag, for that matter. Here, the rest of the best. Kenzo made a strong showing at PFW, and not just because their cheeky logo has been spotted all over street-style stars. Welcome to the Kenzo jungle! After last season’s sidewalk-wise turn, Leon and Lim are taking a wild route with bold graphics and animal prints (and a visit to Thailand as inspiration). Tangerines, yellows, corals, and turquoises paint the palette of the savage sky, and sporty panels (on handles for ultimate clutch convenience), abstract zebra stripes, leopard spots, and lizard scales give otherwise practical day bags a saucy makeover. The asphalt-jungle uniform has just been reinvented.
From an excess of color and print to swift lines and splashy spots and dots, Stella McCartney, is in an optimistic mood for Spring ’13. With a feather-light touch, she turned out military-inspired north-west shoulder satchels and circular-orb clutches with purposefully sloppy polka dots – perfect for sharp eyelet shirts, sheer-paneled dresses, and breezy sweatshirts (the round shoulder again reigns supreme). The standout gems: glassy, transparent clutches that literally look like sleekified gems. Who knew the sack lunch could look so chic?
Leave it to Céline to take such a risk and watch it pay off in spades. What to wear with their frayed hems (they’re taken loose threads to another level) and furry flat sandals, designed to elicit a giggle or three? A new take on the portfolio clutch: big enough for business, but with a roll of leather serving as the handle and performing all-out satire on the old-fashioned paper bag. The Céline girl is in a state of conscious disarray, and if anyone could make this bag take off it’s her. Forget Paris? Not a chance!