In 1956 while pregnant with Caroline, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco was photographed in New York City by Life Magazine carrying a black crocodile Hermes bag, which she used to cover her pregnancy. After this picture was published the bag became a fashion hit and was renamed the Kelly bag.
A woman’s handbag is more than a place to dump the oh-so-necessary tools of everyday life. For Grace Kelly her bag was momentarily a shield. For most women it is a highly personal world that contains secrets which the male of the species cannot begin to imagine.
As a fashion item, the woman’s handbag, in its multiple guises—satchel, shoulder, hobo, tote, clutch and evening bag—allows the woman to project personality and status in one easy glance. There is no better way of accessorizing an outfit than with a handbag.
For Spring 2012, the best designs are simple classic forms, highly structured with minimal adornment. For the devoted bag lady, here are Seraphic Secret’s picks for Spring.