5 handbags for Christmas 2014 © Dolce & Gabbana

5 handbags for Christmas 2014

What to give your better half this holiday season?

by 20 November 2014

A daunting question on occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, but the issue of the purchase of the year seems to loom larger than life especially when Christmas comes around. Jewellery is an obvious choice, but if you don’t want to break the bank yet make a lasting impression, handbags might just be the answer. But not just any handbag – a bejewelled exotic skin handbag that will become her topic of conversation at the next party might just do the trick…

Well-structured bags prevail this season, but we have far evolved from your grandmother’s boxy crocodile handbags from World War II. Juxtaposition of luxurious leathers and colours, e.g. chez Bottega Veneta, provides both shape and style. The Intrecciato shiny leather soft crocodile fumé shoulder bag mixing black and chartreuse, and the suede Ayers clutch in sand or mist, are great for working gals. Imagine her whipping out her BV during lunch hour and provoking a sigh of envy from all her colleagues…

If she is someone who prefers neutral shades rather than bright colours, then Mulberry’s new Delphie Duo bag is worth a look at. It comes with a leather or flat chain design, and with a press of the push-lock, you can convert the bag into a contrasting leather and colour! Forget fiddly bags. This is a great choice for girls on the run.

Planning a winter getaway somewhere warm with her? We suggest giving her a nifty little bag and pass on the usual beach tote. Surprise her with something completely unexpected: vegetal crocodile skin. Still exotic, still luxurious, mini-bags crafted in this eco-friendly material by Chloé is as carefree (and guilt-free) as it gets. Lipgloss, iPhone, room key – she’s ready to go. The long strap lets her wear it cross-body, and it can be wound around her hand to carry like a clutch.

Have you ever wondered why some ladies just have to have everything with her at all times? For the femme fatale who is ready for anything, she will love Dolce & Gabbana’s sumptuous selections of snakeskin, python leather and crocodile skin bags. Rose and yellow gold hardware provides just the right accent on a variety of designs. In the blackest black or baddest red, they come with a shoulder strap, top handles or both. Choices, choices…

Going into the evening has never been easier with foldable bags, a notable trend these couple of seasons as pragmatism reigns supreme. But who says you cannot be practical and chic at the same time? Large handbags in butter-soft python, snake, crocodile and fur instantly double up as a delectable clutch. Ideal for the power woman who wants half the hassle and twice the fun.

Similarly, for those who goes straight from day to night, a medium-sized shoulder bag with beautiful details might just be the answer. Bulgari’s updated Serpenti steps in with new portability. The top handle and chain strap let her carry it by hand, on the arm, shoulder or cross-body. Take it up a notch with matte crocodile finish and specially treated lizard scales that glimmer ever so discreetly. But the true show-stopper will have to be the snake design itself. Writhing sinuously around the entire bag, or just a wink with malachite, amethyst or purple jade eyes, the Serpenti bag will enchant even the most beguiling temptress herself...

Speaking of temptations, what can resist the ultimate allure of gemstones and exotic skins? If she is not one to shy away from outspoken glamour, then Jimmy Choo’s capsule collection for Cruise 2015, aptly named Vices, is it. She can get in tuned with her darker self with the Ava clutch in satin stingray and baguette-cut crystal; or green python skin with Art Deco stone embellishments. The smooth yet sturdy chain strap and square shape bring the whole style back on the ground.