Ahhhh…..Atlanta fashion; how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. From the oversized earrings, to the innovative combinations of jeans, t-shirts and suit jackets to the platform booties and fabulous hair styles. There is a lot to be said about the in-your-face style of the Atlanta elite. It is a look that has evolved into its own regional genre’ by fashion collaborations that; once they catch on, spread like wildfire across the nation.
So, this year, it’s no surprise that the Atlanta scene is making a change in what’s been a cumbersome constant for some years now; the downsizing of the huge handbag. It’s very easy to spot a true style-setter in Atlanta…just gaze down her arm, past the chunky statement bangle to the handbag she’s carrying. The Atlanta version of the “bag lady” takes on a whole new meaning with local and international designers focusing more on creating trendy, smaller duffles, funky printed hand bags, sequined clutches and satchels for 2011.
From embossed animal prints and hides, sparkling metallics and crystals to retro and vintage printed mini satchels; the handbag is transitioning from the mere functional to committing a fashion faux pas without the right bag addition to your wardrobe. This winter, local Atlanta designers are changing up from some of the larger “hobo” styles to envelope clutches and small evening lipstick bags. Larger clutches are a favorite as they are morphing from the office into an evening happy hour with a change from dress pants and pumps to jeans and stilettos.
In Atlanta, it’s all about trend transitioning……..you HAVE to know what’s hot and what’s not. And what’s hot right now are local designers who are coming up with just the right mix for the Atlanta hard- at-work-and play scene. One of our ATL rising stars is local purse designer Nikita Lynn is just one designer to keep your eye on this season. Nikita’s bag collection includes Uptown, Downtown, Village and Seaside designs, along with other fashionable accessories. This purse-passionate designer’s fashion creations have been featured at mega shopping events, Girls Night Out soiree’s, and just about any venue where you can find out what the who’s who in Atlanta are carrying and where they are going to buy them. See Nikita’s collection at www.nikitalynndesigns.com.
Another local favorite is Vera Bradley, LLC. With shops in Atlanta, Phoenix, California and Hawaii just to name a few; Vera Bradley’s bags are a favorite on the Atlanta vintage and retro scene. With fabulous price points and equally fabulous prints and scaled down bag sizes, just about anyone can find that perfect purse to peruse the posh play scene with! You can see Vera Bradley’s collection at http://www.verabradley.com, or visit her Atlanta store at 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326.
Okay, so even the strictest chiconomic fashionista has to have at least a few guilty pleasures. My Guilty Pleasure Pick for 2011 is the hard to resist new Chanel Python Timeless Clutch that just came out for Cruise 2011. It comes in a very special new shade of pink called “honeysuckle” and is said to define the color for winter 2011; or at least that’s what the Pantone people are saying. And who knows more about color than Pantone? Although the black version of the Python Timeless Clutch has a hefty tag of $3250, we were unable to get a price point on the Honeysuckle dreamy purchase. Contact Chanel at 800-550-0005 to inquire.
Finally, in keeping with the trend of looking good without breaking the bank; Mod Cloth has a handbag line that appeals to the funky-mod-retro-hip crowd. The Mod Cloth line not only pleases a wide range of people, but your purse strings as well. With price points from $9.99 to around $300, looking chic easy and affordable. Mod Cloth’s collection of funky prints can be seen at http://www.modcloth.com.
Keeping up with the Atlanta handbag scene won’t be very hard this year with such a plethora of choices. Watch for this fashion guru to keep you updated with my Guilty Pleasure Picks and other new trends on the Atlanta style scene. And, watch to see how many cool “bag ladies” you see walking down one of Atlanta’s many Peachtree named streets!