It Appeal: Tassie’s Turn

Comprising of a new hobo, satchel, tote and clutch, the Tessie is Mulberry’s newest bag addition for A/W 2014. First launched in 1971 it was originally designed in robust leather to be worn for English country pursuits, with the latest edition evoking the same practical tradition. Ranging from midnight blue to poppy red, each version is sealed with Mulberry’s signature belt buckle and strap detailing, while our leather choice is anything in the croc stripe suede. We love a satchel and Tessie’s two sizes will be fast faves.

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It Appeal: Just for Laughs

We all love a good ‘investment’ piece. Let’s face it, they’re good investments. We’ll wear them for years, they go with everything, but as a side effect, they’re most likely far from well, fun. And with classic tailoring’s womenswear resurgence, the party has well and truly moved to our handbags.

From Kenzo’s slogan clutches to Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel chain shopping basket bags, Anya Hindmarch’s Cornflake clutches to Moschino’s Big Mac bag, this new generation of happy bags are showcasing fashion’s lighter side.

It all began with Olympia Le-Tan’s classic literary clutches, and now we’re coveting everything from bejewelled thick shakes to embroidered milk cartoons. Bet you never though you’d pay £995 for Coco Pops though?! But man, do they make us smile!

It Appeal: The new Tom Ford Icon bag

With all covetability of a Hermes Constance, Tom Ford introduces the Icon bag for Autumn/Winter 2014. Branded with a capital TF, the shoulder bag comes in a range of exotic skins from Tejus to high-shine Alligator.

Since Ford first launched into womenswear, the designer has been the master of timeless elegance, preferring his collections to be seasonless and his branding understated, and even here his logo can be made either completely invisible or half concealed – depending on how the bag is fastened.

Available in two sizes, the Icon is also entirely versatile, with a shoulder strap that can be removable to form a clutch, or swapped out for a chain. We’re predicting another Ford home run.

 

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Trending: Heat Set for Summer

Accordion, box, organ, knife, cartridge, fluted – every designer worth their weight in organza knew their plisse from their Fortuny pleats this season, with the heat setting technique used to add volume and movement to silhouettes from Phoebe Philo’s newspaper ¾ skirts, popping out from underneath long tops at Celine, to Alexander Wang’s sporty box pleated leather netballer spin.

Wear yours Celine-style with a long tunic top and pleats poking out below, or tuck your skivvy or tee into the waistband to slim the silhouette like Yasmin Sewell. Accessory wise sneakers continue the sportif theme, or alternatively give Philo’s mules a work out.