Metal hardware on handbags is nothing new - eyelets, zips and chains are all pretty common. However for A/W 16, the main bag feature is a humble metal hoop. Having adorned the ever so popular Chloe 'Faye' bag for the past couple of seasons, spawning a legion of loyal devotees, this simple feature sprung up on handbags across varying market levels. J.W.Anderson created the 'Pierce' bag, a somewhat genius concept for a bag and one which I have been coveting all season. Typically used as a opening/closing fastening or as an alternative to a traditional leather handle, see below for some suitably stylish street style looks to complement these ultra cool 'IT' bags.
If you are looking to make a luxury investment then opt for J.W.Anderson or Chloe. These styles have become incredibly popular, so if you would prefer something a little more unique then I would recommend a tote from Roksanda Ilincic's debut handbag collection (see number 6 on the edit below). Coming in at a more affordable, but still luxury, price point are styles from: Simon Miller, Phillip Lim, Theory, See by Chloe and DVF. The high street has of course followed suit and produced many great purse friendly options. If you want to play on the fact that this style is a 'must have' of the season then go for a bold colour such as green, blue or red. Alternatively if you want something a little more wearable to team with your everyday wardrobe, then opt for classic shades of tan and black. I have put together this edit showing you the best selection of 'Hoop' bags currently available, showing you the wide variety on offer.
1. Chloe £1460 / 2. Simon Miller £305 / 3. J.W.Anderson £1965
4. Theory £1460 / 5. 3.1 Phillip Lim £505 / 6. The Row £3200
7. Next £36 / 8. See by Chloe £370 / 9. Roksanda £1350
10. Little Liffner £265 / 11. Diane Von Furstenberg £225 / 12. Uterque £145
13. Diane Von Furstenberg £305 / 14. New Look £22.99 / 15. Zara £169
16. Next £30 / 17. Dorothy Perkins £38 / 18. Peacocks £12 / 19. Mango £35.99
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