Splurge or Steal: Mini Colourblocked Bags
28 August 2012

Splurge or Steal: Mini Colourblocked Bags


Originally published on Tongue in Chic, 28 August 2012

Big, roomy bags are convenient, but there are also days when we don’t need to lug around our lives in our bags. Perhaps when on an errand run, or heading to hang out at a friend’s house. Whatever it is you need to do, and however you choose to carry it (on the shoulder or cross-body style), with these Mini Bags from August’s Splurge or Steal segment, you’ll be looking impeccably chic wherever you go.

This month’s Splurge is by French designer Pierre Hardy, whom I refer to as one of the “shoe gods” (he was the shoe designer for Dior, Hermès and Balenciaga, before eventually launching his own label). His talents may lie in shoes and fine jewellery but his handbag collection is just as fabulous! Just look at the Mini version of his “61Bag”. When it comes to metallic leathers especially silver, there is this tendency to look futuristic in a tacky sort of way. Well, either that, or I feel as though I need to put on sunglasses just looking at the tinfoil-like colour. But what Hardy has done is very clever: the pale blush and nude leather bits tone down the shine factor while black suede trims give the bag contrast and offsets that the paler colours perfectly so that they don’t blend into each other. If you like it as much as I do, you can purchase it for €454.55 (approx. RM1,100) from Luisa via Roma, which ships to Malaysia!

While the Splurge gives off a modernist vibe, this satchel-styled mini bag by Warehouse exudes vintage appeal. Previously a seasonal trend, that old-world charm has proven that it has staying power because it has won the hearts of many, guaranteeing its longevity in the fashion scene. But if you’re worried because vintage isn’t really your kind of thing, this bag doesn’t look as if it came from a time capsule or your grandmother’s closet either. While its shape and style might look dated, the colour-blocks have breathed new life into it. On the other hand, if you’re a vintage junkie then detach the long strap and use it as a mini top handle bag because doing so ups the bygone era factor. 😉

Images: Warehouse , Luisa via Roma