Friday, December 17, 2010

Spring 2011 Handbag Trends

According to StyleSight, key colors for handbags in Spring/Summer 2011 will be aseptic white with metallic accents, saffron and pumpkin, old rose with taupe for high-end, leather in light or dark natural shades, and black remains timeless.

Louis Vuitton and Sonia Rykiel had the standout handbags during fashion week for spring 2011. The long shoulder straps coupled with large, dramatic tassels gave Fashionistas something to call their favorite sales associate about. Can we say waiting list anybody?

One of the first trends to become apparent is the importance of color in spring’s dressing, and chartreuse sits firmly among the most notable of those colors to show itself in the season’s handbags. Designers as varied and powerful as Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada saw fit to include chartreuse in some of their first 2011 offerings, so rest assured that this is no flash in the pan. Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend.

Loewe's Spring 2011 Bags. Can we say Oh Boy! Regardless of whether or not these bags appeal to your personal sense of style, Loewe definitely wins the season’s award for Most Unabashedly Gleeful Handbag Collection.

Sherbet has never been my favorite dessert or color palette, but somehow, Loewe creative director Steven Vevers makes it work on the clean shapes for which Loewe is known. Much has been made of Vevers’ arrival at the brand from Mulberry and has commitment to New Minimalism, but these bags don’t strike me as minimal so much as classic. Flourishes like haircalf leopard print and tiny appliqued flowers hint at the transformation Vevers made at Mulberry, so we’ll see if his newfound support for minimal design actually bears itself out over the next few seasons.