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London fashion week 2016
It’s handbags: accessory labels do battle at London fashion week
Mulberry’s catwalk return and fun designs from Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends raised stakes in a UK market worth £2.7bn
It is a sign of how business minded the British fashion industry now is that, just as Milan has Gucci and Prada slugging it out, London has its very own handbag wars. The prize money is considerable: 51% of all British women bought a handbag last year, contributing to a UK accessories market worth £2.7bn.
Equivalent figures for the sale of ironically deconstructed sweatshirts and one-legged trousers are unavailable, but handbags are key to fashion’s bottom line. On Sunday at London fashion week, three labels went head to head in the battle to create this season’s It bag.
Mulberry’s return to the catwalk on Sunday was a high-stakes affair. This was the brand’s first full fashion show for three years, and followed a string of dismal sales figures from which it is only just starting to recover. New designer Johnny Coca is credited with the cult Trapeze bag from his time as accessories designer at Céline, but unproven as a brand’s overall creative director. What’s more, Mulberry and the two other London labels showcasing their handbags on Sunday – Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends – come to the contest with scores to settle with each other.
Crocodile Handbags work with any season and look.
Crocodile handbags are still a big hit for fashionistas! At the end of 2014, a Hermès Birkin bag in crocodile leather was sold at an auction for a whopping $185.000! Of course, this was a one of a kind fashion handbag, sold as a collection piece.
Our handbag Elena, in brown embossed crocodile leather, is not quite as expensive, but still a beautiful handbag. It would make a chic accessory to any fashionista’s street style look.
Crocodile bags can be toned up or down; pair it with jeans or some skinny trousers and a T-shirt, and you have a casual but chic look.
You can wear it with a beautiful skirt, a blouse and some high heels, and you have a polished business look.
To wear a crocodile handbag in summer, you have to balance it off with a lighter fashion style. You can pair it with some cut off jeans, a pretty shirt and some ballet flats. Or if you like a more Boho look, pair it with a tank top, some loose trousers, sandals and as cherry on the pie, an interesting hat.
It is my humble opinion that crocodile handbags work well in any season, and are very versatile with a lot of outfits. That is why I think they are a great classic to have in your wardrobe!