From trend setters such as Rachel Zoe, Victoria Beckham to rock stars like Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Lady Gaga to paparazzi favourites such as Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss to effortless fashionista's like Katie Holmes to Nicole Richie - there has always been this one particular leather handbag in common since almost a decade of style spotting.
Firm structure, just the right amount of slouch, short handles, gold detailing, a statement lock and a tassel is how I can best describe this celebrity favourite arm candy. Some celebs prefer it with ostrich detailing, a mock croc effect, gloss or matte but the overall aura of the luxurious, elite looking, all-in-one hoarder remains parallel to any new leather handbag designs that may crop up. There's something so timeless about it that makes it appear classic and never outdated. Also the ability to style it on diverse outfits from short shorts to an evening gown make it nonetheless more appealing.
Personally, I am in awe of Kate Moss throwing on the bag with that mini skirt, tank top and a baby in her arm whilst still making the bag feel at home. I guess only a supermodel can pull it off that effortlessly eh? Although Nicole Richie's attempt to team it up with those leggings and striped tee after a session at the gym is my least favourite way to sport the bag but nonetheless, if it's roomy enough and you've invested in a neutral colour, might as well give it a ride to the gym!
As for Victoria Beckham, don't you just love how she likes a bit of a colour when it comes to this celeb favourite leather handbag? Surely a huge collection the former spice girl has. Quite a good approach for Spring/Summer, it's the perfect way to match it with the outfit or go all out and contrast it drastically. Reds and Pinks would look stunning with a white outfit to attend a Summer wedding. But ultimately, I'd like to dress like Rita Ora or Jeniffer Lopez (one can wish!) to pull off this cult-favourite arm candy. Although drastically different, in Rita's case the the fur and the leather just add to the opulence. Whereas J Lo plays it city chic and the tan and white combination cannot be faulted.
With designer leather handbags of this sort retailing for a couple of thousand pounds, it may not be the very first thing on the wish-list for many fashionista's, student loan or not. Thankfully, Vanilla Paris have a fantastic collection of similar leather handbags that retail around £100 and can easily make a home in your wardrobe without making a dent in your wallet. Check them out at vanilla-paris.co.uk.