Sari Anne Tuschman 2017-03-06 00:16:01
ARTFUL ACCESSORIES Embroidery, exceptional details and standout straps reign supreme in spring’s offering of out-of-this-world purses. As the chilly temperatures subside and flowers slowly begin to bloom again, it’s time to cast aside winter’s more sturdy accessories in favor of light, bright and whimsical pieces that inject some life into your wardrobe. This spring, nearly every fashion house has turned its bag offerings into virtual works of art, rich with magnificent details and—perhaps most notably—incredibly ornate straps. Inspired by guitar straps and the 1970s, Valentino’s collection includes beaded and embroidered purses worthy of the likes of Stevie Nicks (and those who covet her impeccable bohemian style). The house also sells straps separately, as does Tory Burch, allowing the customer to get creative with a customized carryall. Even Chanel’s iconic boy bag gets an update this season, care of a braided leather and iridescent chain handle. And, leave it to Gucci to design the season’s piece de resistance, an intricate white leather shoulder bag with an enameled dragon-head closure, gothic graffiti and a showstopping pink-and-red satin strap. It’s so extraordinary, it begs to be paired with a simple outfit, allowing it to take the spotlight it so deserves. This spring, one thing is for sure—just say no to floral separates and pastel pieces and instead invest in the must-have accessory of the season: a head-turning purse that redefines the statement accessory. It’s All About the Bag Make a statement with one of these dynamic purses. This colorful, iridescent, blue leather BOY CHANEL HANDBAG takes a simple spring ensemble into fabulous territory, $4,600, at chanel.com. This embellished guitar strap is sold on its own, making it a fun addition to any Tory Burch carryall—it brings a playful vibe to this structured HALF-MOON SATCHEL, $495; Embellished Guitar Strap, $125, both at toryburch.com. Valentino takes the GARAVANI GUITAR ROCKSTUD ROLLING MEDIUM TOTE to new heights via intricate beadwork and a bright and graphic strap, $4,675, at valentino.com. Satin, enamel, leather and graphics come together to a dazzling effect on this SMALL SHOULDER BAG from Gucci, $3,500, at gucci.com.
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