Designer handbags for fall 2012 Featured

We round up the hottest styles for the upcoming season

Fall 2012 accessories already at the top of your shopping list? First and foremost you'll need that handbag. With the power to make or break an entire outfit, the value of a good handbag is immeasurable. An accessory that can both unite and divide women based on style preference and lifestyle, your handbag choices can often say a lot about you from your age to your daily routine.

The Gucci Soft Stirrup bag in shiny python for fall

When we are on the hunt for a new bag, we are constantly looking at what other women are carrying to see what might work for us. “I do love a good handbag,” confesses one Mrs. Hilary Clinton. “Handbags are like a deep psychological need. It’s a desire to organize and contain that, which is important to you in your daily life,” the US Secretary of State reflects. Regardless if you’re a political maverick or a self-professed shopaholic, read on for our fall handbag roundup!

The latest in ladies’ leather goods from Gucci, the Soft Stirrup bag is an ode to the Italian maison’s penchant for the equestrian world. Ready for Charlotte Casiraghi's shoulder, this deconstructed model is a supple interpretation of Gucci’s pre-existing stirrup-shaped handbag. A light and spacious shoulder bag that snugly envelops your shoulder, it is perfect to carry around all day. Choose to have your Soft Stirrup in a range of exclusive materials or skins from washed calfskin and nubuck to python, ostrich and crocodile.

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The crocodile skin is ultra soft to touch due to the application of special oils, while the python is shiny thanks to manual treatments and a special multi-ironing process. Available in large and medium sizes in an array of warm colours each style features a brass, antique silver or light gold horse-riding spur on the top closure of the bag, with smaller spurs adorning the handles.


Aptly named, the next iconic signature design for the house of Alexander McQueen exhibits the brand’s structural expertise. The Heroine is designed to literally save the day, expanding in size with two vertical zippers on either of its sides. Designed in large and small sizes, it comes in nine different fabrics from glossy and bark leather to laser cut pony skin and crocodile. The colours of the season depend on the current ready-to-wear collection, for fall, expect to see hues like aubergine, red, white and classic black.

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The rounded off and generously-sized Orchard Bag from Burberry Prorsum made its debut on the British brand’s fall/winter catwalk accessorized with wool trench coats, ankle boots and high-waisted skirts. With plenty of options, pick an Orchard tote that suits your style, colour and even animal preferences. Different highlights include an equine-striped suede bag in alternating black currant and plum, a Haymarket checked bag with a thin, girly leather bow accent on its top, an equestrian quilted nappa leather model in olive green with a polished fox head popping out of the bag’s front pouch and a grainy powder-soft nubuck leather style with an ornamental hound head that hooks the leather piping on the bag’s face as if it were a door-knocker.

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“For me, the most glamorous accessory is a woman’s personality, this bag was realized with a decisive and positive woman in mind,” remarked Roberto Cavalli of his latest must-have accessory. Deriving from a fine tradition of Florentine leatherwork, the creation of a Florence Bag takes 12 hours and is carried out entirely by artisans. Its design is realized in a range of materials from classic soft calfskin leather to more precious skins such as python, ayers snakeskin and Elaphe.


The king of handbags brings us the ultimate in daytime accessories with the Hamilton tote, a luggage-style design that comes in large and small sizes. Hallmarked by golden hardware, it can be carried on the shoulder or handheld by its top handles. Crafted in soft leather and available in a range of styles fromwoven leather to black leather or animal-printcalf hair.

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The star of the season for Trussardi, the Manitù handbag is intended for the cosmopolitan traveller. Inspired by designs from the brand’s archives, its retro-like geometric scheme comes in an array of colour and textures combinations. We particularly fancy the overlapping leathers that see prickly beige ostrich pair up with shiny black crocodile. If you’re an old-fashioned kind of gal, the Manitù is also offered in straightforward mono-colour cowhide leather. Versatile for the woman on the go, it can be carried by hand or on the shoulder.

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