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Top 5 New Bags of the Year: 2011 Really Took Shape

2011 may be old news, but the fresh bag silhouettes to come out of it are anything but. Out of some of the most prominent fashion houses, new shapes came to the forefront, proving that what makes an “It” bag is not flash and logo-driven panache but innovation of shape and mood. Here, the top five bags that shaped our year. If 2011 is any indication, 2012 is set for a creative revolution!

1) Céline Trapeze: Just when we thought they couldn’t get any better, Céline took us by storm and unleashed one of the most covetable, animated, and stylish bags we could have imagined. An exaggerated shape has never looked so clever.
Available for $1,800.

2) Boy Chanel: What do you do when your bags are among the most iconic out there? Perform a little gender reversal for an all-out makeover. The Boy is boxy, square, and hard, with slick lines and hardware almost unrecognizable as Chanel. Subtle is the new sexy!

3) Balenciaga Padlock Shoulder Bag: Le Dix motorcycle be gone! It turns out all Balenciaga needed to do was strip itself down, reveal an extra-grainy leather (a hot color doesn’t hurt), and snap itself into an energetic square shape.
At Balenciaga for $1,595.

4) Lanvin Pochete Rabat Bag: Happy days are here again – but the Happy bag is on the way out! No chains and bows for this bag. With a sleek silhouette and impeccable stitching, I was thrilled to see Lanvin a little naked and very unencumbered, for a sense of chic that does the label justice.
On Ssense for $1,025 (from $2,050).

5) Valextra x Holmes & Yang: This year the two coolly chic labels met their match – each other! The collaboration led to one impossibly elegant union, via the two-tone satchel. The shape: classic and ladylike; the fuss – nonexistent; and the color pairing: eternally elegant.
At Barneys New York for $3,590.



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    1. Totes agree with you– The CHANEL Boy bag is really chic! But so is the Celine… and the Lanvin… and the Balenciaga… and the Valextra x Holmes & Yang… lol, so many bags so little time… xoxo Tina

  1. Dear Tina,

    I just wanted to wish you a very happy New Year! Your blogs are just as inspiring as few years ago when I first started reading them and my love for handbags has grown even bigger: your fault! 😉

    Here’s to a fabulous 2012!



    1. Dear Lina, Thank you for reading our sites. You are one of the original supporters and we are so lucky to have loyal readers like you! Happy new year to you- may 2012 be filled with love, joy and lots of bags! xoxo Tina

  2. Dear Tina,

    I just started to read your blog, and I have to say that I am impressed with the layout. Hope this year brings you lots of success.

    BTW- I love the Lanvin the best. It has the most to it