Finding the perfect handbag is like finding the perfect man. Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but we’re not lying when we say that this season’s handbags will bring you a lot of happiness!
We’re starting off with red hot handbags. This shiny, red leather Coach shoulder bag will give your look the perfect splash of color!
An article on fashionisers.com breaks down the hottest handbag trends we’ll see this season. From 70’s fringe to reptile skin, handbags are getting bigger and bolder. Designers, such as Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Lanvin are bringing bold colored skins into their handbag collection.
After sexy new fabrics we then jump into a hot new shape: squared and boxy. Imagine your suitcase and briefcase are combined into one small handbag with a bright color and a chic little handle. Give your slouchy shoulder bags a rest, and try-out these hot new structured handbags!
If square handbags aren’t crazy enough for you, the next trend on the list might be perfect! Keep your eye out for handbags with funky geometric shapes! These wild shapes are mixed with bold colors to create beautiful statement pieces that will add flavor to any look!
Since we’re now welcoming the fall season, it’s time to envelop ourselves in all the luxurious fabrics this season brings, including suede! Try suede in any color, from bright blue to neutral beiges, suede handbags will help transition your look from summer to fall.
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The Fall 2014 runway shows left us with a myriad of trends to embrace, some of which are better than others. Gucci takes us back a step to the swinging sixties with feminine colors, short dresses, and shiny leather. Dana Kruspe, writer for Fashionista.com, highlights the fact that the sixties made some noise in Milan. She states, “There’s no chance of ignoring it now,” and it’s very clear that she’s right. This trend has already trickled down into stores. Forever 21 features several high-neck swing dresses in bold colors, but nothing compares to Gucci’s ability to represent the sixties with a slightly off-kilter color scheme that channels femininity more than the color scheme of the sixties.
The next trend should definitely be a crowd pleaser. The runway shows emphasized coziness. Yes, finally! Clothes can be fashionable, comfortable, and wearable all at the same time. “Designers seem to be catching onto comfortable dressing more than ever,” states Kruspe.
No need to resort to your sweatshirts when you want comfort because everyday sweaters and dresses are becoming more and more relaxed. For instance, the blanket coat dazzled on runways from Roberto Cavalli to DKNY. What could possibly be better than feeling like you’re wrapped up in a blanket as you’re barring the cold weather? Knit layers also surfaced on the runways, providing a look of effortless comfort without any obtrusive bulkiness.
I am a little bit skeptical of this next trend, and I’m hoping it doesn’t see the light of day in stores. Velvet. Yes, velvet was used for ankle-skimming dresses on the Fall 2014 runways. Frankly, it gives me too many flashbacks to the velvet sweatshirts and sweatpants that I had as a kid. I’d say skip the velvet and move onto a fabric that isn’t so dramatic.
The choker necklace is making its way back onto the scene, referencing goth, grunge, and minimalism. For me, chokers have always seemed like a trend that adolescents go through, but I find it hard to imagine them on an adult. To turn up the heat even more, designers featured a generous amount of red on the runway.
Some outfits were red from head to toe. “Red looks managed to overtake blue in New York…and it’s no surprise that London, Milan and Paris were also caught red-handed,” says Kruspe. Although red seems to be a popular color this year, it’s definitely one that I stay away from because I find it sometimes overbearing and unattractive with certain hair colors, including my own brownish-red locks. But if it looks good on you, I’d say give it a go! It’s definitely a hot trend this year.
On a softer note, pastel colors were surprisingly popular for Fall fashion week. According to Kruspe the increasing amount of pastel colors shown on the Fall runway could be a result of “an increasing focus on seasonless dressing…” I think it’s quite a breath of fresh air to see outfits that are less influenced by the season.
Although it’s good to live by some rules, fashion should be more about breaking them. After all, creativity stems from thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries. Get ready to diversify your wardrobe this Fall. Try something new and make these trends coming off the runway uniquely you.
By Jaclyn Parker
News and Views from StyleChat's Fashion Evangelists