Leave it to the French to cap off the Fall 2013 show season with a fashion week full of subtle, elegant, incredibly luxurious bags. Along with the clothes that graced the majority of the runways at Paris Fashion Week, the bags were largely casual and wearable; where a thousand rhinestone-encrusted clutches once stood, we instead found functional everyday bags in shades of ivory, burgundy and black. Lest we forget about the luxury of it all, many of those bags were rendered in lush exotics.
This is what our continental friends do best, of course; these bags all look easy, and they will be easy to carry, but they're all designed just so. Luxury doesn't have to be inconvenient or trend-based, it can be just that: luxury. For the best bags that embody that ideal from Paris Fashion Week, check out our roundup below.
[Images via Vogue]
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Akris has taken its famous woven horse hair to an enormous new proportion - this bag is made for the well-heeled woman who needs to carry more than just her phone and wallet.
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There's perhaps no more basic handbag shape that the Louis Vuitton Speedy, and this python update strips away the famous monogram and leaves us with simplistic perfection.
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The feather-covered Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessories was yet another logo-free hit from the LV show.
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Stella McCartney is famous for her unwillingness to compromise her ethics and use leather; that restriction sometimes leads her to counter-intuitive materials, like the wood that makes up the base of this oversized clutch.
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Like Akris, this Valentino tote is for a woman who actually needs to schlep things, but who wants to do it in the sleekest, most stylish way possible.
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If anyone can make a simple black carryall and have it look this impossibly luxurious and expensive, it's Hermes.
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Dior's Fall 2013 collection was full of impressive handbags, and this heavily embellished east-west version of the Dior Bar Bag was perhaps the best.
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What's better than one Chanel bag? Two Chanel bags on one strap.
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Chloe will likely be the source of many women's new day bags once Fall 2013 rolls around, and this crocodile duffel was the most luxurious of the group.
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Jean Paul Gaultier isn't a traditional source of handbags for most purse lovers, but this black python clutch with a serious metal pipe frame is well worth noting.
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This Lanvin bag looks quite casual, but the styling of the show demonstrated how easily it could be dressed up.
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This streamlined version of the Loewe Flamenco Bag looks exceedingly luxe in winter white.
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Another excellent work bag option, this time from Nina Ricci.