New York Fashion Week is all but a memory and London Fashion Week is, in my opinion, pretty irrelevant in terms of handbags (with the exception of Burberry Prorsum and Mulberry (with the latter now showing in New York as well). Milan is the next stop on the fashion show circuit, and it's a fast-paced, super-charged arena to say the least. With the abundance of talented designers and iconic labels strutting their stuff on the catwalks, sifting through all their looks can be a daunting task. Even the assurance of hours of work couldn't deter me from finding those gems all of you expect to see from the Italian fashion houses. I quickly found several collections that were worthy of mention here, and a few that are downright fantastic. The first of these comes from Jill Sander.
According to Style.com's resident fashion reviewer, Sarah Mower, the inspiration for their fall 2010 collection is a melding of two famous figures - Angelina Jolie (think Lara Croft) and Anna Wintour (think tweed-wearing editor-in-chief). Raf Simons, Jill Sander's creative director, took these visual references and crafted a somber, severe and pared down collection. Black was the color of choice with purples and greys scattered here and there to break up the monotony, but you're probably more interested in the bags. I know I am, and oh how this collection delivers the goods in that department.
To put it succinctly, the bags were F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!! The styles and shapes offered by Simons and his design team were exquisitely detailed. Fold-over flaps and tabs were used as both functional pieces and decorative elements. They were on the tops and along the bottoms of most bags and fastened by everything from hidden snaps to Velcro!
The most notable detail and one used throughout the bag collection was the wide strap. Top handles, shoulder straps, pull tabs and wristlets all had the same design and function. From an aesthetics perspective, the wide straps were very much in keeping with the collection's "powerful women" theme. Although they could be described as masculine-looking, I think the straps provide an understated elegance within a modern context. Every bag in this collection is worthy of belonging to any discerning fashionista, whether she's a "Lara Croft" or a "Miranda Priestly" .
Photo source: style.com
Photo source: style.com