Remember a time long ago when patent leather was a craze? It was moulded into everything from mini skirts to cigarette pants. It was uncomfortable, took planning to put on and remove, but it was the total party rage.
Well, it’s back, luckily not with a bang. As is the trend, a fad can be an accent, an embellishment or a hint. Think uber casual in nude and white cruise collections, with one big, shiny add-on. Simply put, you needn’t be in patent leather from head to toe.
The secret to being fashionable is very often in the perfect accessory—usually, the perfect handbag. The handbag can give your look an instant update. Should you get the bag wrong though, it can also reveal how outdated you are. So, in shiny patent leather, here’s my absolute favourite: The Monogram Miroir handbag designed by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, which is made in the Keepall, Pochette and Papillon designs (the Papillon is priced at Rs58,500). It is available in shiny gold and bright silver, with the embossed monogram all over, and every serious fashionette has one. It will complement your look even if you’re not flashy. What will really give you that edge is carrying it casually. An over-sized flashy handbag worn during the day with casual wear is kind of like Paris Hilton meets Mischa Barton.
Patented: Louis Vuitton’s Monogram Miroir Papillon,Rs58,500The silver works well, but I prefer the gold—with its warm tone and summer feel. Summer’s not here yet, but you’ve been cruising all over and this is the bag to complement that Southern European tan. Although this bag is part of the Fall-Winter 2006-07 collection, it’s more than likely it will take you through Spring-Summer.
Even though we’ve been enjoying the fabulous trend of oversized handbags for a while now, stock up before the designers change their minds and move on to the next big contender, the mini. Another winner in the big-bag league has to be Chanel’s scrumptious Coco Cabas handbag in waterproof canvas, priced at Rs61,400. It looks like a large, black, shiny shopping bag, but of course, the subtle, embossed logo gently gives its true identity away. Don’t drape this one over your shoulder although that’s tempting. It’s at its best when you hold the straps, letting it dangle near your knees. It’s shiny, soft and holds just about everything.
Can’t wait long enough to get on to the wait list? Check out the array of bright shiny bags available with every brand. There are monotone colours, metallics and more, but as usual, don’t go overboard. The style is in the subtlety—and that’s an art only a true fashionista possesses.
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