Hot bags for an even hotter summer of 2010

There is absolutely no doubt that bags are some of the most important accessories in a woman’s, or man’s, wardrobe. One false move and the endless hours spent trying to pick out the perfect attire are in vain. So this is why the style, quality, and sometimes the brand of a bag can make all the difference. When it comes to high end luxury bags, the ‘rules’ of matching them with the rest of the ensemble are even stricter so as not to make a catastrophic fashion faux pas.

So let us take a look at the range of bags the designers of the exclusive luxury fashion houses have thought for us for the summer of 2010. It would be useful for our lady readers who never want to miss a single trend, to know that this summer’s tendency restrictions are more lenient than ever. Various highly talented and innovative designers have created even more various concepts for us to enjoy in the summer season. The most striking trends in the women’s bags sector revolve around colour and fabric. Ladies can opt for hot playful colours such as red, bright pink or metallic shades that will definitely attract some looks. Christian Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Donna Karan and Valentino offer a comprising range of exquisite leather bags in a wide palette of reds. For those customers who wish to catch the eyes of those around, Burberry, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior have just the thing: sizzling elegant bags in metallic colours that will spice up any wardrobe. The designers have also kept in mind those ladies who choose a more classical attire. The houses of Dolce&Gabbana, Givenchy and Oscar De La Renta have played with the timeless black/white combination, and the results are stunning.

For those who are going for a more alternative and even outlandish style, fashion giants Louis Vuitton and Chanel are the way to go. The former has tackled a new territory for this season, namely the pastiche of material and colours. Consequently, LV fans can opt for an animal fur, an Indian tassel decorations or a reinvented antique look bag. Shining pink and bright grass-green are some of the favourite LV colours that will revive the clients after such a long and gruesome winter. Chanel have chosen to go even further with their designs, and it resulted in some notorious critics labelling the creations as ‘not making any sense’. However, the wicker basket style with interwoven ribbons or the 80’s style bronze leather bucket with pressed camellias may prove to be the salt and pepper that an otherwise plain and faded summer attire needs.

And let’s not forget the male segment of the luxury bag client base. The designers certainly haven’t! Unfortunately for those men bags fanatics such as myself, the offer is not as diverse as the one for women; nonetheless things are improving in comparison to recent years. The trends for the spring/summer 2010 season revolve around clean, sleek minimal designs. And this means that Louis Vuitton have struck the jackpot, as their collection offers just that. The materials they use vary from the widely know LV signature leathers such as Taiga to more exotic and extravagant materials such as ostrich leather.

In a nutshell, these would be the essential tips one would need to know when going shopping for the perfect summer bag. However, there is one trend luxury brand unanimously didn’t not put forward: price cuts. With their weary hearts and wallets still recovering from the traumas of the economical crisis, the majority of luxury consumers are still reluctant to going back to their old spending habits. Let’s just hope this will change soon…

Mircea Filimon