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October 13, 2011

Style on the Scene with Divia Harilela – Top 5 Autumn Handbags

Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some, Divia Harilela, Hong Kong’s premier international fashion editor, Senior Fashion Correspondent for SCMP and creator of leading luxury and fashion blog The D’Vine (, brings you an up to the minute update of her personal favourite hot off the runway styles, trends, lusts and loves, plus a few “must have” pieces for your wardrobe now…

New season, new handbag! With elegant 1940s silhouettes making a comeback, designers have matched the look with vintage-inspired accessories that will last for years. Don’t despair though, you can still make a cool statement with wild digital prints. Here are a few of my top picks.

The Handbag from Celine The Handbag from Celine
Forget the Trapeze, this is Celine’s new winner. It is based on an old fashioned doctor’s bag (remember when Prada did them years ago?) although this one is a lot more modern thanks to its elongated shape. Wear it tucked tightly under the arms for a modern look.
Buy it at: Celine, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 128.
Cheap and chic alternative: Pieces Dot Doctor’s Bag from Asos

The Boy bag from ChanelThe Boy bag from Chanel
Chanel’s new arm candy is far from feminine but that’s what I love about it. Inspired by a cartridge bag that was originally made for hunters and carried by mademoiselle Coco herself, its clean lines make it a future classic. It’s made from glazed calfskin and comes in three sizes ranging from a purse to a tote.
Buy it at: Chanel, Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 2810 0978.
Cheap and chic alternative: Veda Simon Messenger bag from

Printed clutch from GivenchyPrinted clutch from Givenchy
Once these floral and panther prints made their way onto the catwalks, editors were hooked. While the clothing may be hard to pull off, the bags are super cool with their colourful combination of yellow, black and purple.
Buy it at: SSense

Cabas CHYC from Yves Saint Laurent Cabas CHYC from Yves Saint Laurent
This bag has been spotted on loads of celebrities including Sienna Miller. It’s the perfect work bag since it’s so roomy but still looks polished thanks to its structured shape and Y closure. It comes in many colours, but I am loving the grey.
Buy it at: Yves Saint Laurent, Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2868 0092
Chip and chic alternative: Large Shopper from Zara

Capiton Frame clutch from Roger Vivier Capiton Frame clutch from Roger Vivier
Apparently this gold frame clutch is inspired by a screen from Jean Cocteau’s house, but I like the cool quilting and subtle stud punctures, which remind me of an old Chesterfield sofa. It is the perfect balance of vintage and modern and is a style you will use for years.
Buy it at: Roger Vivier, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2810 8690.
Chic and cheap alternative: Crocodile texture clutch from Mango

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