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Even with the rapidly changing landscape of fashion criticism and American Vogue‘s relative conservatism compared to its European counterparts, the magazine and its website are still first and foremost among the industry’s most important publications. When Vogue says that something’s important, designers, buyers and consumers pay attention, and recently posted its picks\ for the season’s key accessories trends.

If you followed along with our Fashion Week coverage, you probably noticed some of these things too – Vogue‘s calling them Modern Embellishment, Transparency, Athleticism, Ladylike Pastels and The Skin of the Season. We’ve got their picks for which of Spring 2012’s bags best illustrate those trends after the jump, and we’d like you to let us know if there’s any look that you’re particularly impatient to get your hands on in the comments. Pay particular attention to the bags that could fit easily into more than one of these categories – those are the styles to watch come spring.

Modern Embellishmen




Louis Vuitton:


Marc Jacobs



Alexander Wang

Ladylike Pastels


Ralph Lauren

Louis Vuitton

The Skin of the Season



Reed Krakoff


Michael Kors

Salvatore Ferragamo


Derek Lam



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  • kellyx

    Now I really want that Givenchy purple tote, and the Reed Krakoff’s bag, and that Tod’s satchel…..

  • llson

    Like lots of them, especially the Reed Krakoff, Tod’s, Ferragamo and the Prada clutch.

  • mochababe73

    I love the Prada bag. But what surprised me is how much I liked the baby blue Louis Vuitton.
    But, really? Are we going back to the transparent bag?

  • gpc

    I don’t like pastel in anything, so I ruled those out. But that black/white Givenchy and the croc Chloe – just beautiful.

  • lintmag

    The Chloe and Michael Kors are both good. I agree that textured skins like snake, croc, and alligator are going mad lately. I would think neons would be some part of this mix also, but maybe it’s done already.

  • marinaharbour

    Love Gucci, Reed Krakoff, Givenchy, Bally and Fendi!!!

  • gellychi

    what do you call the givenchy purple bag?

  • Sandra Rowley

    Yes, please tell us more about the Givenchy bag….love it!!!

  • rose60610

    Valentino, Bally, and Derek Lam get my votes. I don’t care for the transparent bags, even the real designer ones look counterfeit.

  • couturecoco

    I just fell in love with the Fendi and Chloe bags – drool!!!

  • J Umm

    croc prints are defo going to be in, the others are kind of like… take it or leave it

  • Pinkfeet

    umm the clear bag reminds me of a bag I HAD to carry when I worked at the mall in college.. without the LV’s of course.. so no go for me…. I always hated everyone seeing my shizz through my my tampon, receipts, or something else personal besides the usual lipglass, cell phone, wallet etc lol

  • alice23

    I fell in love with this Givenchy purple tote. What about price? Do you know how much does it cost? Thanks for helping me…

  • sara castro

    Reed Krakoff and Bally!

  • AW

    Not a fan of the sporty styles but the skins? *droools everywhere*