One of my favorite things to do when perusing the phone-book-sized September issues of fashion magazines is to try to pick out one or two overwhelming trends. Not so much from the editorial photos, but from designer’s advertisements – let’s face it, that’s the bulk of the magazine – because that’s what the average consumer tends to see while out shopping.
Hands down, the most prevalent trend I spotted was the continued prevalence of (what I call) the Lady Bag – a trapezoid shaped handbag of varying sizes and finishes, with large handles, no shoulder strap.
Dolce and Gabbana have one in grey too – and black – and black lace (notice how the models grip the handles, like a paranoid grandmother, or the Queen of England)
Marc Jacobs tries to make it look downtown cool with his creepy looking models
And Diane Von Furstenberg funks it up with a leopard print
But no matter how you serve it up, the Lady Bag is everywhere!
This one, from Hugo Boss, is my favorite
Although it’s still “lady” it also looks like it’s there to get a job done.