Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 trends: handbags

This season handbags are looking big and bright.

Gone are the dark hues and instead are an array of styles and trends, with bags spanning from day-to-night that encompass colour, size and different handles.

Mulberry Taylor bag

Mulberry Taylor bag

For autumn/winter 2011/2012 when purchasing a new handbag it’s not about what label you are carrying but how you carry it. Oversize day bags are held close and tight to the curve of the body with no room for letting your grip go – as seen at 3.1 Philip Lim. Miu Miu, Celine and Dries Van Noten, whom all opted for classic doctor bags and oversized clip purses with a forties theme in fur and dark leather hues.

Back-to-school favourites – satchels – also made a comeback in the form of Valentino in a gorgeous nude palette whilst Sportmax opted for a bright sapphire jewel tone with matching gloves.

From oversized to mini, designers also incorporated a collection of small but perfectly formed miniature handbags that could easily work for a day-to-night move. Mulberry added celebrity glamour in plum and bright green hues with their Taylor and Bayswater mini bags (already seen on the likes of Eliza Doolittle), whilst Dior and Ermanno Scervino produced chic quilted diminutive bags: Louis Vuitton’s monochrome mini bucket bag was almost too cute to look at but for practicality Tory Burch and Gucci’s miniature satchel bags in jewel tones and vibrant colours would work well for any occasion.

However, for evening, Roberto Cavalli and DKNY both brought in a perfect minuscule clutch bag with palm holdall, perfect for those packing light, with enough room to throw your phone, keys and lipstick into.

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