They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and that may well be the case, but bags are like family, by your side day in, day out.
Structured boxy styles in all sizes will be swinging down the streets – with black only one of a multitude of colourways for a vibrant 2019. Conversely, super slouchy is still a huggable shape in soft-leather.
Tiny, quirky bags will be seen hanging off, and even on, wrists – along with little purses with cross body straps. The good news is, it’s cool to carry more than one handbag, as room is always an issue. Belt bags and swanky bum bags are still hands-free heaven for multi-tasking lives.
Silver leather and foil material is a futuristic meets 60s retro vibe. While on the other end of the shiny spectrum, creatively crocheted bags and totes make earthly boho beauties. The latest purses with clasps, evoke fond yesteryear memories while single centre straps are a new thing.
Logos will be brandish and bold for the label loving. Wildly geometric and asymmetric angles – and clever ball shapes – are upstaging each other in the fashion world, just to challenge the classic silhouette.
Some designers have included purse-version lanyards to carry travel docs around your neck and the credit card when hitting the dance floor, while others have created mini duffle bags as cute cylindrical carryalls.
Whatever style you go with, a much-loved hand bag is a reflection of personality.
It’s the underdog. Never a narcissist about what it has to offer. It gets on well with its counterparts. And it’s the colour of chocolate, a great form of escapism. Quite frankly, there’s little to frown about when it comes to brown.
It may have born the brunt of some misguided criticism at times; heckled for being boring, chastised for being too conservative, overshadowed by more ostentatious shades. But come what may, brown has always stood its ground, and with good reason.
From beige and burnt umber to chestnut and cocoa brown, this composite colour was a favoured colour choice in the seventies and in late 2017 it made headlines as the ‘new neutral’ thanks to retail giant Net-a-Porter singing its praises.
Touted as a counterpoint to other beautiful autumnal shades like forest green, teal and deep red, shades of brown marched with their head held high down the runways of designers like Simone Rocha and Victoria Beckham’s autumn collections.
Brown has, in fact, knocked navy blue off its perch and has been unified with black in holy sartorial matrimony. Black and brown are one of the ‘it’ colour couples of the season with white accents and other natural shades the perfect complement.
A power dressing shade, brown has become synonymous with empowerment, authority and equally, being grounded; an interesting combination of qualities.
In the spirit of celebrating this once controversial hue, we’ve put together a moodboard of wardrobe must-haves. Go on, take a big bite out of this new aesthetic, it’s sweet like chocolate!
Barnett’s West End Pharmacy is more than just a chemist. Professional pharmacy staff can help meet your needs, whether that is filling scripts, giving advice or helping with gift ideas.
“We’re an established pharmacy with so much more, including giftware, cosmetics, skincare products and everything you’d hope from a contemporary chemist,” Retail Manager Jane says.
There’s a wide range of clutches, wallets, handbags, scarves and ponchos. “With stock arriving throughout winter, you are bound to find your new favourite.”
Opposite the Bridge of Remembrance, the location couldn’t be handier for workers and visitors to the central city.
A Facebook page reminds followers of the season and what to expect, including tips and advice from one of the team. Ear piercing and passport photos are available in store with no booking required. This winter it will also be offering onsite and offsite flu vaccinations from one of the trained pharmacists.
Located at Unit B/93 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central, visit www.facebook.com/barnettswestend.
Silver linings have been known to take many forms and the latest is a rather fashionable one.
Somewhere between the fluorescent headbands, shoulder-pads and roll-neck skivvies of the 80s, metallics got a bad rap. But now they’re emerging with a glamourous new look and, although head to toe may take the luster off this hot new trend, we’re here to help you find the shiny middle ground.
Accessories are the safe bet when you want to shine bright but not overwhelm. Dip your toes in the metallic waters in the more literal sense by starting with footwear, after all, a silver shoe is a pretty safe bet when it comes to putting your best foot forward.
A sweet silver clutch can take you from day to night and, and although they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, silver has been winning some pretty illustrious affections in the jewellery department.
The future is certainly looking bright – and shiny.