The Structured Purse
Who What Wear┬'s obsession du jour┬--the structured purse┬--is about to kick hobos and buckets off the handbag radar. This ladylike alternative to super-sized, slouchy bags has been spotted in the clutches of Chloe Sevigny, Christina Aguilera, and Natalia Vodianova (an office favorite). As seen here, structured purses add a certain sophistication to even a casual outfit. The structured purse is also practical. The medium dimensions are sizable enough to fit all your necessities, but the bag┬'s bones keep you from loading it up with pointless junk.
The Fall 2007 runways were chockablock with structured purses, so in a few months there will certainly be scads of options for everyone. Flea markets and vintage stores are the best place to start looking, but if you┬'re not patient enough to sift or wait for autumn shipments, there are some interesting pieces in stores currently. Right now we like Derek Lam┬'s Aggie Brief, with a chain/leather strap and multiple inner folders┬--it┬'s ideal for organizational freaks. ($1400, barneys.com) French Connection has an inexpensive shoulder bag with a great shape. The Snake Bag is on sale now and its faux skin print mimics this trend┬'s more expensive cousins. ($49.99, fcuk.com)
On the very high-end of the structure purse scale is the Hermes Constance, recently seen on the typically-big-bag-wearing arm of Mary Kate Olsen. The Constance, which comes in three sizes, was one Jackie O.┬'s favorite bags. In fact, she wore them so often that the bag is casually referred to as the ┬"Jackie O.┬" amongst aficionados. (Vintage: from $1500, eBay.com. New: from $3500, hermes.com)
Photos of Natalia, Chloe and Christina, courtesy of www.infgoff.com