Surely, you are aware that fall is upon us (fine). What you might not know is that we┬'re in the throws of our lovely Creative Director┬'s biannual handbag search (not fine). The hunt may be on, but Katherine┬'s been underwhelmed by autumn┬'s offerings. While this is a lovely, high-class headache to have, you don┬'t need to break out your tiny violins yet! Thanks to a recent epiphany, decisions have been made, and this season she┬'s going gray.
It┬'s actually a very practical choice. There were plenty of temping, brightly colored bags on the runway (like Fendi┬'s oversized, colorblocked number), but if you┬'re investing in a single (expensive) bag, committing to such a piece would be limiting and impractical. As Katherine once wisely said, ┬"Gray matches nothing, therefore, it goes with everything.┬" Indeed.
Our minds full of charcoal clutches and shoulder bags in shades of slate, we noticed that a few trendsetters have already become gray ladies. Chloe Sevigny carried a taupe tote around Manhattan recently while Peaches Geldof chose a lighter shade of gray for a night out at London┬'s Mahiki. Mary Kate knows that gray matters, as she was spotted at the Hampton Social @ Ross concert series last week holding a bag in this hue.
We┬'ve had the good fortune (read: forced labor) to check out nearly every single gray bag currently available and have a few favorites. If you like the shape of Chloe┬'s purse, you┬'ll adore South American designer Aaneta┬'s Amuleto bag. ($449, couturecandy.com ) Be & D┬'s Tuxedo Leather Bag is an insanely cool looking option. It has raw-edged leather ruffles and antique brass details. ($970, net-a-porter.com) On the other side of the price spectrum is the stylish, if unimaginatively named, Medium Leather Tote Bag from Topshop. The bag┬'s simple lines and soft dove color make this a must-have. ($100, topshop.com)
photo of Chloe, www.infgoff.com photo of Peaches, www.splashnews.com