Most Iconic Handbags of all Time
With our wardrobes constantly racing to keep pace with fashion, accessories often ground an outfit for several seasons - or years. The addition of the perfect bag, or a great pair of heels, can significantly shape your style.
In Hollywood, the muse theory is reciprocal with new stars and silhouettes inspiring the latest It girls – and bags. Take a look at some of the standout handbag styles over time:
Hermès Kelly bag: Named for actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, the Kelly bag was originally created in the 1930s but was renamed in 1956 when the Hitchcock star supposedly used it to hide pictures of her baby bump.
Hermès Birkin bag: The story goes that while seated side by side on a flight, Jane Birkin and Jean-Louis Dumas, the late chairman of Hermes, discussed the actress’ need for a roomier handbag. In 1984 the signature carryall was born.
Mulberry Alexa bag: When then Mulberry creative director Emma Hill spotted Alexa Chung carrying the label’s Elkington bag, a men’s style, she decided to re-dedicate it to the Brit It girl. Despite the onset of the financial crisis, Mulberry’s Alexa satchel silhouette soared.
Gucci Jackie bag: This hobo bag also has a famous namesake. After Jackie O. was spotted sporting the laidback look in the early 1960s, the Italian fashion label renamed it after the former First Lady.
Prada Nylon bag: First designed in 1985, Prada’s sporty black bags became an instant favorite. The appeal of the unisex style relied on its simple design and its triangular label, which became instantly recognizable.
Fendi baguette bag: Created in 1990, the short shoulder bag was immortalized by Sarah Jessica’s Parker in “Sex And The City,” when her character Carrie Bradshaw is mugged for her sparkly purple bag. Named for the way it’s carried (under the arm like a French baguette), the bag
Louis Vuitton Speedy bag: A longtime Louis Vuitton fan, Audrey Hepburn apparently requested that the label make a smaller version of its chic duffel bag. Voila: the Speedy was born.
Dior Lady bag: After the quilted bag was spotted on the arm of Princess Diana (it was a gift from France’s First Lady Bernadette Chirac), Dior restyled it the Lady, giving this charmed look a little extra glamour.
Chanel 2.55 Bag: The ultimate quilted bag was designed in 1955. The original burgundy lining was said to reference Coco Chanel’s convent uniform.