I have always had a ‘thing’ for fashion accessories much more than clothes. Not that I don’t like trendy and fashionable wear, but more because my tastes run towards ‘classic’ and ‘tailored’ clothing without too much fuss. For me, it serves as the perfect base for some added zing, however little or much depending on my mood, and the overall effect is never dull.
From bracelets to scarves, I have loved all accessories since even before I was a teenager. Once, in my late teens I grew obsessed with earrings, and by the time I hit 25 I had more than 296 pairs in a very large case in my not so large closet, and during that period of my life I spent a good deal of time first selecting a pair of earrings, then finding an outfit to compliment them.
My love for boots stays strong even today (and always will,) I am also a ring wearer and eye shades snob, a necklace nymph and… you get the point. But, the thing which stays firmly in the Top Three on my personal ‘must have’ list of fashion accessories is of course one of the brightest stars in the accessories world, the handbag.
The reason I give it a great deal of importance (understanding?) in fashion accessories is 1) I like bright stars, and 2) I was at my youthful adult best (and hitting the front doors to both the corporate and social world pretty hard) when glory of all glories, the IT bag phenomenon began. My generation of women will probably remember those beautiful (and sometimes long distance) romances, the never diminishing passion, the powerful love affairs we had (and still do) with Speedy and Kelly, The City, Baguette, Birkin, and the most coveted/fastest selling ever (according to numerous fashion magazines at that time) Paddington.
Le sigh. Paddy.
Those were good times.
And, now they’re back!
I was thrilled to see the return of the IT bag on the runways for 2015 by all the powerhouses that wowed us then, convinced women an IT bag was worth giving up silly things like salaries for, and had waiting lists which could have circled the globe. They drove women to madness and now they’re determined to do it again.
Prada, Chloe, Dior, Burberry, LV, Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Jacobs…
God, I love them! And, I can only be thankful while I drool, and hope, and pinch pennies this year, enough to maybe indulge myself in a little…
Dolce & Gabana
OK… More than a little.
Anne is a fiction writer and blogger, and a former hotelier living in the sprawling coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan, with her husband, two kids and a pet fish. A city girl at heart, she likes her coffee strong, books always within arm’s reach, perfumes by the boatload, music of the old school variety, beaches sans the crowds, cozy cafes early in the mornings, and intimate encounters with Jack Daniels on Saturday nights.