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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spring 2010 Top 10 "Must-Have" Bags

There is something magical about spring. Thoughts of melting snow, blooming flowers and sun-kissed days invade the minds of every weary winter-phobe in the world, but, for fashionistas, getting their hands on the latest fashions is top priority. Here at Señora Cartera, we eagerly anticipate this time of the year more than any other. Winter months are spent quietly sifting through the upcoming trends with the goal of compiling a thoughtful list of spring's top 10 "must-have" bags.

Let's discuss what we should expect to see for the next several months in terms of handbag trends. Styles like the convertible tote and cross-body bag are sure to be represented by every major designer label. The classic shoulder bag is back in fine form. The latest reinventions of this timeless bag style are sure to have even "flap-bag" haters salivating. Exotics, which have been a major presence in the designer handbag market for several seasons, are stronger than ever. This is one trend that is definitely here to stay. Detailing and embellishments such as chain straps, perforated leathers, florals and ruffles represent the more feminine side of design while studs, fringe and military-inspired accents provide a harder edge. All in all there will definitely be a bag that appeals to every style and every age.

Now that we've dispensed with the necessities, it's time to get specific. Here is Señora Cartera's Spring 2010 top 10 "must-have" bags list:

Derek Lam Nadia Hobo

Derek Lam can do no wrong in our eyes. His knack for successfully redefining classic silhouettes and incorporating modern details like the asymmetrical lines, elongated shape and tassel embellishments of the Nadia Hobo make him our favorite designer this spring. It's no wonder his talents provide us with three of our top 10 bags.

Chloé Marlow Satchel

Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised that this bag made our list. The relaxed, boxy shape and belted detailing of the 'Marlow' will appeal to hard-core Chloé fans while still being a sophisticated handbag option for classic bag lovers. Hannah MacGibbon continues to impress as the creative force behind the revitalized French label.

Donna Karan Ribbons and Ropes Tote

Karan's foray into handbag design got off to a rocky start, but the past couple of seasons have proved the American fashion icon knows when to switch things up with impeccable results. The Ribbons and Ropes Tote has enough detailing to make it fresh and chic, but even those touches are done with elegance and restraint. Isn't that what Karan does best?

Alexander McQueen Faithful Crossbody Bag

An Alexander McQueen bag was sure to make our list even before his tragic death. Now that the fashion world mourns his genius, his fashions are in higher demand. The Faithful Crossbody Bag, a small yet finely executed "glam rock" design, is trendy, chic and pure perfection. Get one now and own a little slice of fashion history.

Be & D Tudor Shoulder Bag

While there were several contenders for the title of "Señora Cartera's" top shoulder bag of the season, the Be & D Tudor was the winner by a mile. The design's front flap style, textured leather exterior and long chain straps come together to make for the ideal modern take on the most classic bag style ever.

Sergio Rossi Sumo Hobo

Exotics are an expensive trend to incorporate into your wardrobe, but a bag like the python-embossed Sumo Hobo from Sergio Rossi gives us the look and feel of a high-end finish without the equally high price tag. In addition, the Sumo's slouchy shape will be difficult for most fashionistas to resist. As if anyone would want to resist such a chic bag!

Derek Lam Albertine Clutch

Only two clutches made our list, and it's no surprise one of them comes to us courtesy of Derek Lam. The designer's second appearance on our top 10 list is attributed to the sleek and sophisticated Albertine Clutch. It's a chic, practical design with an attractive price tag. In today's economic environment, who needs a $2000 clutch when something as gorgeous as the 'Albertine' is available for a 1/4 of the price?

Michael Kors Tonne Tote

Michael Kors is quickly becoming one of our favorite bag designers. The label continues to improve with each season and spring's 'Tonne' collection is proof of that. The gorgeous Tonne Tote boasts a modern look with luxe-looking hardware accents and trendy detailing. The bag is priced under $1000, and who can argue with wanting to acquire a great bag on a budget?

Mary Jo Matsumoto MJM Bag

Our very own Mary Jo makes the list with her MJM Bag. I've kept the contents of this list all to myself so this will be a surprise for Mary Jo. The MJM Bag is a timeless piece of handbag design that takes an envelope clutch and wraps it up in ultra luxe grey suede. The knot detail on the front flap is a fun, flirty touch that's totally on-trend. This affordable bag will class up your spring wardrobe and remain a staple well into fall.

Tod's Shade Tote

This list would not be complete without a Tod's bag, and the latest addition to the brand's impressive bag collection is another testament to Derek Lam's genius. As Tod's creative director, Lam  brings a fresh new take to each of Tod's iconic bag designs. The Shade Tote is a new style that has Tod's loyal clientele buzzing with excitement. The structured tote comes in neutral colors like beige as well as bold offerings like electric blue and orange. When the economy tanks, fashionistas are pressed to make their dollars stretch further and further. A brand like Tod's (under Lam's watchful eye) will always deliver a safe handbag investment.


4 Responses to "Spring 2010 Top 10 "Must-Have" Bags"
  1. Michael St. James said...
    Sunday, February 28, 2010

    LOVE the Tod's Shade Tote and you already know how I feel about the python Chloé Marlow Satchel!

  2. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...
    Monday, March 01, 2010

    Dania, I'm honored to have made your Spring Picks list, especially to be in such good company! Thank you so much for including me! I need to re-photograph the bag with a model because people are always surprised about how over-sized it is. Even though I wear mostly my own bags, I would gladly carry the McQueen cross body bag or the yummy Rossi hobo--gorgeous!

  3. gail said...
    Monday, March 01, 2010

    What a great, well-rounded selection. Something for everyone! For me, I am loving the DL Nadia!!!!

  4. Purse Pixie said...
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    I love that Tod's shade tote as well. What a beautiful design. Thanks for the list!

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