Fashion doesn’t just refer to clothing, but rather the whole look of your outfit from your hairstyle, jewellery, all the way down to the colour of your toenail polish! Handbags, for example, have become effective complementary accessories when creating designer dresses. Some bag styles and brands however, are considered iconic handbags as they help complete that enviable style that so many are chasing.
We decided to write this article featuring the big name brands of today because we here at Katies Fashion blog believe we’ve found another to add to the list in the next few years. A rapidly growing bag designer on the Gold Coast, famous for her fringe handbags that ooze bohemian style has been making waves across the fashion world. Lokoa Handbags, the boho brand created by Brie Shinn has been around since 2009, but in the last few months has blown up, being spotted over the shoulder of some of Australia’s most influential models and glitterati.
Her latest boho clothing and handbag collection features studded leather and what we believe to be the next iconic handbag pattern – an eye catching Aztec print which is a perfect match for the sun kissed customers gypsy wardrobes that Lokoa affiliates itself with.
There are not that many truly iconic handbags for girls. As such, those bags held in this regard currently are almost priceless. These are the bags sought after by many, not only because they are luxurious, but because they were designed to suit the varying moods of today’s fashion conscious women.
Topping the list of iconic handbags for girls is Louis Vuitton. Sometimes referred to as Speedy, the Louis Vuitton handbag was first designed in the 1930s but was not intended as a female accessory. They were originally meant as a holder for champagnes and only achieved fashion status when actress Audrey Hepburn began to use them in her show reel and day to day life.
The renowned logo and print became so prominent and so often counterfeited that the label
has an ongoing budget of 15 million euros per year to deal with counterfeiting matters to protect the $28.1 billion value of the luxury label.
Another celebrity who helped made the Louis Vuitton handbag attain international prominence was Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. She said previously that Louis Vuitton was among her favourites even as she was proclaimed royal ambassador of another iconic handbag, the Hermes. (not a great investment by Hermes it would appear!)
The Louis Vuitton has that distinctive appeal that women find irresistible. This has allowed the bag to satisfy the varying tastes of women when it comes to fashion. Even more appealing is the LV model without the iconic logo in answer to those who prefer a logo-less Louis Vuitton handbag.
Chanel, meanwhile, is another iconic handbag considered by many to be in a class all by itself. Initially released in 1955, the Chanel handbag collection, including Chanel 2.55, is a highly-coveted fashion accessory having a wide range of patterns, colours, and sizes. The designer, Coco Chanel, is a believer in numerology with 5 as her favorite number; thus, all her collections were launched carrying the said number.
The popularity of our next bag choice; Fendi, has to be credited to actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrie Bradshaw, the character that Parker played in the TV series Sex and the City, always had the Fendi Baguette as part of her daily get-up.
The standard Fendi Baguette handbag is crafted in stylish leather and adorned with tribal beads, floral sequins, and a few other embellishments. Carrie Bradshaw often refers to the Fendi as her ‘IT’ bag and the tag has since caught on. The designs have grown more wild as seasons go by as the brand reinvents itself with patterns to match the latest outfit trends.
Another iconic handbag, the Hermes Birkin, boasts of a highly interesting story. Sometime during the 80s, Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas was on a plane bound for Paris and seated next to then actress and supermodel Jane Birkin. To his surprise, Birkin started complaining to him about her problems with handbags and the things that she believes a good lady bag should actually have.
Dumas listened intently and as soon as he stepped out of the plane, he started working on a handbag that met the requirements that Birkin enumerated. The result is the Hermes Birkin handbag, an extremely popular female accessory carried by some of the more prominent personalities in the world, including Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian, just to name a few.
The jewel in the handbag history crown comes in the form of Christian Dior. One of the very few iconic handbag designs that holds a special place in fashion history. This is because the bag was a gift given to the late Princess Diana during her visit to France. This gave the bag, officially known as the Lady Dior bag, regal significance, further heightened by its unmistakable design. The design patterns were inspired by chairs previously owned by Napoleon III.
In time, different brands, patterns and styles of handbags may be added to this distinguished list of purse royalty. For the moment though, these handbags are the must have items for every fashion conscious female across the globe.