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!
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.
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!
Wear your classic Birkin with off-duty denim for a zero-effort contrast, as successfully demonstrated by blogger Song of Style.
If you could only carry ONE bag for the rest of your stylish life, which one would it be? Let us know in the comments below!
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