Hello Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and The Row…
No one does street style quite like the crowd at Milan Fashion Week. Fashion editors and celebrities may have been all over these three must-have items at London Fashion Week, but in Milan, outfits are a bit bolder, but really, it all comes down to one thing: the statement bag. And it has to be designer, of course.
Now, you'd be forgiven for thinking they all teeter around with their arms decked in Prada, Dolce, Gucci and the likes, because after all, when in Rome (or Milan), right?
But no, this isn't just about paying homage to the big Italian houses, it's also about having your finger on the fashion pulse and knowing which designer bags to snap up before they get their own waiting list.
And on the streets of Milan, we certainly spotted a few Balenciaga Triangle Pochette Clutch bags, like this blue one below. Now you'll know Balenciaga is having a bit of a moment, if you don't want to miss out on this beauty like you did on the sock boots, then click on the link below.
The other surprise hit of pretty much every fashion week so far was without a doubt the Gucci bum bag. Yep, it's all about wearing that 90s-throwback, loud and proud. Some had it around their waists, like they did back then, while others went for a cooler approach, wearing it strapped across their chest, over one shoulder.
Scroll down to find out which three other designer bags you need to be investing in now, and where to shop them. It's also worth giving our Black Friday clothing deals page a look, as there's going to be a few designer gems in there. Prego.
Balenciaga Triangle Pochette Clutch Bag
GUCCI GG Marmont matelassé leather belt bag
JW ANDERSON Pierce Mini leather crossbody bag
DOLCE & GABBANA Lucia embellished watersnake-appliquéd velvet shoulder bag
THE ROW The Ascot small velvet clutch
Obviously, wallflowers abstain, because there's nothing discreet about those bags, but the point is you can let them do the talking by pairing them with low-key denim and a t-shirt, or go loud with embellished skirts and logo sweatshirts.
Either way, they're the perfect investment for the next few seasons to come. You know, in case you need an excuse.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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