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This is It

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Charlize Theron, Leighton Meester and Sienna Miller carrying the YSL Cabas Chyc.

It’s hard to pinpoint when the It Bag phenomenon began. One could recall some standouts: Chloe’s Paddington (circa 2005) comes to mind first, followed closely by Balenciaga’s Lariat. And of course there’s the mother of all It Bags, the Birkin, which now exists in a stratum of its own.

We’ve rounded up some of the season’s most iconic bags; some you may have seen slung across a celebrity shoulder or two, and others may be It only to you.


YSL is no stranger to It Bags. Remember the Mombasa, back in the Tom Ford days? Or more recently, the Roady and Muse have each seen there fair share of shoulder spotlight.

Today, without question, the new It at YSL is the Cabas Chyc. Seen on a slew of celebs already, the Cabas is quickly muscling out the competition for most-coveted status bag. Traditional colors like Tobacco and black may have a longer shelf life, but we’re partial to this electric blue, seen below.

Get yours at Yves Saint Laurent, Bal Harbour Shops.

In a review of Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection, one journalist noted that, “Karl Lagerfeld proposed that feminine clothes need not be fussy, that a woman can expose her practical side while skirting the men’s wear influence.” The message Lagerfeld delivered through his womenswear collection for Fendi was certainly echoed by Silvia Fendi, the brand’s accessories director. And when it came to the materials, it was noted, “that practicality surfaced in a foundation of sturdy fabrics, albeit of the most luxe variety.”

True to form, the Chameleon handbag, shown here in calf leather, is also available in exotic skins such as crocodile, calf hair and ostrich.

Available at Fendi, Bal Harbour Shops.

Alber Elbaz can do no wrong. Women fawn over his perfectly executed collections season after season, from frayed edges to billowing skirts and the most brilliantly body-shaping silhouettes. And what’s more, there’s hardly a pedicured foot among us who doesn’t swear by Lanvin’s ballet slippers.

So it seems a safe bet that one of Lanvin’s chic tortoiseshell resin shoulder bags will secure It Bag status this season. After all, how many luggage-size handbags can one woman carry? It’s time to lighten the load with this perfectly-sized purse, that can easily be carried from day to night.

Available at Lanvin, Bal Harbour Shops.

It’s no small feat to follow in the footsteps of someone like Valentino Garavani. But designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have done so tactfully and with confidence as they set about putting their own stamp on the iconic house. In just a few seasons, the power couple has created a new Valentino motif: dusky hues, modern ruffles, billowing silhouettes and the now trademark studs.

Having first appeared on kitten heels a year ago, the studded embellishment has gone from trend to trademark with its reappearance from season to season.

The double-handle calfskin bag, seen here, is the latest example. Its classic silhouette is punctuated by just enough statement hardware to be recognizable, without shouting.

Available at Valentino, Bal Harbour Shops.

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