Martha Ward - Cross body bag
No perfect handbag list could be taken seriously without best-dressed stylist Martha Ward at the top. As an ambassador for Tod’s and a consultant for other luxury designer retailers, Martha has a wonderful collection of cross-body bags including this little pastel number (above). Martha is known as an advocate of hands-free handbags which makes sense considering her extremely varied work load, from dressing celebrities to commercial advertising, editorial shoots for magazines like Vanity Fair and presenting for Vogue TV.
Holly Fulton - Graphic circular bag
Known for her art-deco, geometric prints, Holly Fulton ramped up the sass this season with a party girl wardrobe filled with sequins, Mongolian fur, pink latex and chiffon. Muses included Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in the early 2000s as well as the cult 1968 movie Candy. Fulton's sirens were much softer than those of her peers with the inclusion of softly wrapped origami-esque fabric draped across the chest in tones of flesh pink and muted pea greens. Beehives and blunt fringes, diamante earrings and strappy dresses all said party girl but Fulton stayed true to her art-deco aesthetic with these graphic circular handbags in pastel shades.
Burberry – Suede fringed bucket bag
Who could resist this Burberry bucket bag with tiered suede fringing? Featuring a flat base, pinch-pleated sides and a detachable shoulder strap and made from English fringed suede. The wider Burberry collection launch was watched by front row regulars Cara Delavigne, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell (who showed up rather late in proceedings!). The collection was characterised by patchwork prints, mirrored textiles and 70s suede in indigo, red, burgundy, teal and ochre.
Mulberry – Calf hair Bayswater bag
We love that Mulberry introduced a touch of Scots into their collection this season with a beautiful sheepskin coat brushed with a thousand thistles. Inspired by Georgian interiors, Mulberry’s Autumn Winter collection has soft touches of the cornicing and white paintwork we see in grand Georgian homes both in London and cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. With emphasis on touch, the iconic Bayswater handbag was at its best in a covetable croc calf hair style in rich oxblood. Their reversible clutches are another clever idea that essentially give the owner two bags in one. The envelope flap can be flipped over from one side to the other with one side for daytime wear and the other for evening.
Anya Hindmarch - Road sign tote bag
To the tune of a 100-strong choir in hard hats, Anya Hindmarch showed a collection inspired by the M25. Road rage has never been more appealing than in its handbag form with lights, reflective surfaces and black signage. Anya Hindmarch founded her business in 1987 with a store on London’s Walton Street and since then the brand has become known for its personality and humour. Her motorway inspired catwalk did much to revive the flagging audience on the final day of London Fashion Week and her road sign handbags are already being coveted by fashion insiders both in Britain and further afield.