How to be a bag lady


How to be a bag lady

A Prada model on the catwalk during Milan Fashion Week

A Prada model on the catwalk during Milan Fashion Week

The fashion crowd always likes to be ahead of the curve, and their new obsession is not what you wear, but how.

Take bags for starters. Handles are old-hat, and models at Prada, Celine, Valentino and Balenciaga instead clutched their purses tightly to their chests as though carrying a heavy bag of groceries.

You can stop worrying about crumpling that expensive leather number, too — this spring, bags are supposed to be squished under the arm, and the softer the leather, the easier it is to crush your bag in style.

Jackets are the next item to have been made over. Arbiter of style Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor, joined Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo in draping her jacket over her shoulders rather than putting her arms in the sleeves. The perfect way to stay warm, but still look effortlessly cool.

Finally, scarves are no longer for necks only and have recently been seen adorning the handles and buckles of the most stylish hold-alls.

Italian label Blugirl attached romantic watercolour scarves to bags and purses to give a softer edge, and DKNY has developed a leather range which comes with a scarf already attached.

This is one of the easiest trends to emulate on the cheap — all that’s required is a pretty neck-warmer and the ability to tie a knot.
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