Accessories have been women’s way of expressing themselves for centuries, heck, even jewelry has been around since almost as far back as the caveman days. There’s always been something in-trend that has been bigger, bolder, one piece of the total look that stood as the cornerstone for the whole rest of the look. The signature on the masterpiece if you will. Just take a look at the timeline, which is filled with fashion savvy heroines who are hard to miss. Cleopatra, the deadly seductress, had her oils and perfumes. Poisons? Perfumes. Marie Antoinette’s thing was big hair, and I mean the 80’s had nothing on this woman. Elizabeth Taylor had her diamonds, and Jackie O her hats and demure pearls. The list goes on and on, ever era having its own heroine or two as well as its own expressive trend, be it silk stockings, big hair, fur stoles or white gloves. But the modern day woman is rarely seen walking around in any of these. Life is hectic, our schedules busy and we don’t have time to fuss with all of that in the early morning, or hopping on the metro. So to make our lives easier we have found a way to express ourselves using what we already carry naturally on a daily, our handbag! From boring to fabulous, embellished handbags are the modern woman’s business card for her own personal sense of style.
When I say embellished I’m not talking about a gold handle or a cool looking clasp. No, this new trend is going all out, covered in sparkle, bedazzlement, and filigree. And who but the embellishment kings themselves would be front and center for this new and enchanting trend, Dolce & Gabbana took the task to heart and created bag art that is straight out of a fairytale. A bad in every shape and size to fit your inner royalty complete with gemstones. Words cannot describe the splendor, so I will use pictures.
The Dionysus shoulder bag with its textured tiger head closure-a unique detail referencing the Greek god Dionysus, who in myth is said to have crossed the river Tigris on a tiger sent to him by Zeus
For Fall Winter 2016 Alexander McQueen envisages a woman who drifts between dream and reality obsessively gathering precious treasures on her way.
Fendi’s baguette shoulder bag is playfully adorned with multicolored pyramid studs and the label’s ‘Flowerland’ embellishments.
Miu Miu’s Fall ’16 collection is dominated by tapestry-style fabrics and floral motifs.
YSL Embellished bag with crystals and studs and metal bow appliqué
*Written by Jennifer Brown