Bags of Appeal

From cute clutches and smoking-hot ‘It’ bags to tempting totes and handy holdalls, finding the perfect item to accommodate life’s little necessities, as well as suit your taste, is a challenge relished by every fashionista worth her Kelly bag. As always, inspiration is all around us, from the heat of the street to the coolest of catwalks, and this season it seems it’s all about shape, contrasts and color.

Former actor and now full-time photographer, Sandra Semburg (www.sandrasemburg.com) applied her forensic fashion skills to scouting the sidewalks and runways of New York, Sydney and Paris to bring us the hottest handbag looks.

Delighting the streets of the Big Apple, this white straw tote was given a cheeky update with fun blue pom-poms—a playful contrast to the cool starkness of an all-white outfit.

Proenza Schouler
’s chic and grown-up take on the classic satchel also oozed glamour on a Manhattan sidewalk, its contrasting monochrome detail making it sensible enough to mean business at a meeting, or funky enough to wear on the front row.

Marc Jacobs
’ elegant classic in eye-popping red sits beautifully alongside this New Yorker’s flamboyant frock.

Across the pond, Gallic glamour in Paris comes in this exquisitely feminine and slightly intergalactic half-moon purse from Chloé, its over-sized gold-hooped handle adding a quirky touch to a unique design.

Still in France, this boxy, fashion-forward clutch from Louis Vuitton, with graduated diagonal stripes and silver clasp and corner details caught our photographer’s eye. 

Finally, a beautiful piece of American arm candy, courtesy of iconic US brand Mark Cross, was snapped in Sydney: the vintage rattan look with long blue straps is reminiscent of an elegant picnic basket.


Photography: Sandra Semburg