Autumn/Winter 2012: Must-have Accessories

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Victoria Beckham handbags (above)

Ok so it may feel like the Paris posts will never end but this one is a goodie, I assure you. In between the countless of shows and interviews during Fashion Week, I was able to stop by a few showrooms and scope out the latest accessories from brands including Rupert Sanderson, Tod’s, Celine, Roger Vivier and more. Read on to find out what everyone will be wearing (or lusting after!) come autumn/winter 2012.

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Victoria Beckham

We all fell in love with VB’s dresses and now its time to covet one of her handbags. Like Phoebe Philo, Beckham has the minimalist thing down and has crafted her styles from luxe leather with everything handmade in Italy (no wonder she gave up her Birkins!) The small leather tote (similar to LV’s Speedy shape but more structured) comes in a gorgeous shade of red or in black/white python while my favourite is the Victoria Tote in graphic cream and black. The Hexagonal chain box bag is perfectly retro while the new Harper bag (named after her daughter no less) comes with two front pockets comes in khaki and black suede.

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The Heroine bag and clutches from Alexander McQueen (above)

Alexander McQueen

When I stopped gawking at the clothes I also fell in love with McQueen’s accessories which included the brand’s signature Knuckleduster clutch but this time decorated with light pink marabou feathers to match the ready to wear. The Heroine bag (which is one of the few styles actually designed by Sarah Burton) also makes a comeback in a calf hair/ laser cut leather version which is chic. To finish off the look were sculptural hammered metal belts that add a touch of futurism and shoes with horse-shoe inspired fronts.

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aw 2012, roger vivier, accessories

Vivier’s boho chic (above)

Roger Vivier

Bruno Frisoni has struck gold with the cool geometric lines of the Prismick collection, and has continued to add new styles to the family including the Mini Prismick shoulder bag and clutch made from mirrored leather, plus boots and ballerinas. Other inspirations ran the gamut from 1960s Boho (as seen in the patchwork Scotch boots in a combo of rust and terracota) to 1970s disco. The Thousand Buckles print is a cute take on Vivier’s buckle while the Pilgrim shoe makes a comeback!

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Tod’s Signature collection (above)


While Tod’s technically shows in Milan, Paris has become the home for its Signature collections (Nicole Kidman attended the launch this time round). For autumn, the brand’s gommino prints gets an update in matte fabrics such as calf hair and suede with fur trims in colours such as orange, blue, yellow and purple. I am loving the return of the drawstring bag – so 80s, I know!

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Rocker edge at Hogan (above)


For his fourth collection for Hogan, Karl Lagerfeld created multi-functional styles (this is a busy man don’t forget) for both day and night. For day, the interactive trainer comes in black or white patent leather studded with pyramid-shaped nails or grey leather embroidered with cashmere patterns. Nightime brought out two tone pearl and floral embellishments. Bags include a shopping style in black leather interwoven with silver cashmere motifs, topped with a sheet of crinkled silver and nubuck clutch speckled with distressed gold metal droplets and nail heads for a rocker look.

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aw 2012, rupert sanderson, accessories

Rupert Sanderson’s chic pumps and disco heels (above)

Rupert Sanderson

Rupert Sanderson was also having fun this season with kitschy sandals decorated with bright red lips and crystals that brought to mind Leigh Bowery. Elsewhere Studio 54-worthy platform pumps came embellished with sequins in colour combinations like gold and silver. For the day, the look is more chic with tasselled fronts on suede court shoes and pointy toe wedges. My favourite patent leather pumps came with curvy lines and mesh inserts. Sexy.

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aw 2012, celine, accessories

Minimalist lines at Celine (above)


Phoebe Philo knows what women are looking for in a bag. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it which is why her best-sellers such as the Trapeze and Diamond Patchwork bag come in new colour combinations that mix suede with metallic leather and primary colours. New shapes include the fold-over XL clutches in leather or fur. The new portfolio is great for the guys and comes in two styles including one with a zip detailing down the middle. The must-have shoe? A sculptural wedge with a block heel and pointy toe.

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