The genius of the handbag can be often be found in its versatility, with its acquisition evolving over the course of the century, the item once used for sheer practicality has transformed into the holy grail of accessories.

With this prize accessory being revitalised time and time again, a new wave of designs have emerged offering multiple exotic methods of adornment. As acquisition of the latest “It” bag has become an epidemic, both on the corporate and the consumer levels. Often considered the holy grail of the luxury industry—the elusive array of emerging arm candy is creating the perfect storm within the retail world.

With a wave of designers constructing bold reinterpretations of classic handbag shapes, its became the norm to embrace exclusivity, rather than functionality.

 Kenzo | PRE-FALL 2016

Pioneering an essence of sport amidst Asian fusion, circular hardware and graphic patterns emerged as a theme at the pre-fall  Kenzo 2016 show. Their handbags delivered in bold shapes with intricate wrist adorning straps placed emphasis on the elements of female strength and power

Inspired by a Blur concert held in Tokyo in 1995, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim illustrate an eve night of nineties neon and dazzling print. The slim cut suits with wave-like jacket designs paired with slouchy trousers were accompanied by  cylinder bags, coated in vibrant colour with a soft finish the Kenzo accessory resembles that of an explorer. (Interview Magazine, 2016)

J.W Anderson | Spring 2016

Known for pushing boundaries and design experimentation, JW Anderson delivered their Spring 2016 bags with an additional quirk, the ability to twist and wind. The elegant bag arriving in mustard yellow and stinging red featured branch-like handles emerging from their interior. The abstruse accessory resembled that of an intricate bracelet, enriched with dazzling sophistication.

Tom Ford |  Mink Fur Bracelet Bag 2013 Collection

The Mink Fur bracelet bag by Tom Ford celebrates great fusion between  jewellery and the handbag. The opulent accessory coated in lavish mink fur is complimented with an oversized bangle perfect for a touch of modernity.

Perrin Paris |  Spring/Summer 2016

Founded in 1893, Perrin Paris was once renowned for its century-old glove making. Evolving with a stark essence of contemporary and architectural designs, the recent collection is inspired by 20th-century French modern art.

Perrin Paris | Classic bucket bag

Emphasised through bold, playful, and minimalistic creations, the complex collection is intricately touched by hints of modernity. Encompassed by eccentic decadence, these bags are designed for adornment around the wrist adding an aura of vibrant playfulness. (Lifestyle Asia, 2016)

References

https://www.kenzo.com/en/snowbird

http://www.tomford.com/

http://www.lifestyleasia.com/hk/en/style/feature/mad-about-the-bag-perrin-paris-springsummer-2016/