With hefty price tags and even heftier waiting lists, the world of luxury handbags hinges on the vagaries of what a select number of women choose to carry in the crook of their arm. The likes of Kate Moss, Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung are seldom seen out and about without a piece of scene-stealing arm candy. A luxurious tote or clutch has the gravitas to seal a woman’s status on the best dressed list in one swing.
It’s no wonder, then, that when fashion expectations are running high, the more extraordinary, unobtainable (£26,000 price tag, anyone?) and achingly chic the bag in question is, the better! To celebrate the power of a good bag, we count down the top seven most revered handbags of 2015, from the Chanel 2.55 to the Chloé Drew—plus, some affordable high-street versions.
Keep scrolling to count down to fashion's most hot-property bags—and if you’re feeling inspired, go shop!
1: The Flap Bag by Chanel
Meet the quilted shoulder bag, Chanel's most iconic handbag of all time. Revamped each season with a new twist, it's the fashion world's all-time favourite luxury bag.
2: The Drew Bag by Chloé
3: The Shoulder Bag by Saint Laurent
Silk and suede are always a good idea—thanks for the reminder, Look de Pernille. No wonder the Saint Laurent shoulder bag has captured the eye of many a style icon: Practical? Check. Versatile? Certainly. And look at that tassel go!
4: The Marcie/Hudson by Chloé
5: The Loewe Puzzle Bag
6: The Baguette Bag by Fendi
7: The Birkin Bag by Hermès
Wear your classic Birkin with off-duty denim for a zero-effort contrast, as successfully demonstrated by blogger Song of Style.