Angelina Jolie with
it be Hermes or Gucci, Fendi or Valentino, a superstar handbag
is the ultimate answer to the question: "What would SHE wear?"
often associate the beginning of the modern era of handbag mania
with the marriage of Hollywood actress Grace Kelly to Prince Ranier
of Monaco in 1956.
Grace Kelly had become one of the most photographed women in the
world when Life Magazine snapped her clutching a Hermes bag that
Suddenly, everyone woman aspiring to Hollywood style
had to have one. As a result, Hermes was inundated with orders
resulting a 6-month waiting list in stores across America.
the most sought after "arm candy" of the stars continues
to be the ultimate in top-of-the-line and trendy handbags coveted
by millions of fashionistas around the world. One photo in a magazine
of a major star continues to touch off a national if not an international
craze either for the real thing, or authentic-looking handbag
decades after the "Kelly" bag, Hermes was at it again,
this time with the wildly popular Birkin bag, named for actress
Jane Birkin. Today, it remains as popular as ever (even with an
average price tag of $6,000) and can be seen on the arms of such
celebrity trendsetters as Victoria Beckham, Jada Pinkett Smith,
model Kate Moss and homemaking maven Martha Stewart.
Actress Grace Kelly
begins the modern era
of handbag mania with
an iconic Hermes bag.
with the 2000's, fashion leaders like actress Cameron
Diaz continue to set the style of chic and trendy designer
handbags, and has been spotted just about everywhere with her
Pierre Hardy Boston bag. Her choice for ultra-stylish yet oversized
designer tote bags (with room for everything a Hollywood star
might need) has definitely set a a trend among busy, on-the-go
women looking for style and practicality.
Witherspoon is another actress who is partial to one particular
designer and is often seen toting a Givenchy design, whether its
the Nightingale or the Charm Hobo.
Housewives star Eva
Longoria also knows just what she likes, and is always looking
elegantly smart whether out on the town or attending a Hollywood premiere. But her eclectic choices have ranged everywhere from a snakeskin Prada to the go anywhere Gerard Darel's 24-Hour fringe bag.
Singer and Hollywood star Beyonce
also definitely likes to shop around, and over the years been seen
clutching everything from Valentino to Louis Vuitton to Jimmy
Choo. Superstar Angelina
Jolie also likes to exercise her women's prerogative by sporting
any designer she happens to favor at the moment.
Of course, you can bet that show biz 'royalty' get noticed just as often for their beauty as for the designer bags they carry.
Beyonce carrying the
Jimmy Choo "Troy"
the truest test of star power is when one particular handbag gets
poor reviews by the fashion community but still manages to make
a splash after being seen on the arm of a celebrity.
prime example happened back in 2008 -- when the Chloe "Daytripper" which
was viewed as as ho-hum (at best) by many in the fashion community. That is,
until trendsetters Miley
Cyrus and Jessica
Alba begin sporting them everywhere!
the bags were being sold out coast to coast, resulting in a second
look at Daytripper which went from design "dog"
to the Cinderella of fashion designer bags almost overnight.
So where will the hottest handbag trends go next? Always look to the stars ....
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