Designer Handbags in Modern Times
Fashion experts have commented that the evolution of handbag style
went hand in hand with mainstream fashion. As the role of women in
each society evolved, the handbag has evolved and adapted to their
changing circumstances. The style of Handbags
also moved with the global economy, economic dips restrained handbag
styles and boom periods by expansive extravagance.
The first emergence of the modern women's
handbag was in the beginning of the twentieth century. These
decorative net purses of the previous century evolved into more
practical utilitarian bags with built in pockets for mirror, comb and
change. As Women became emancipated, less dependant on men for escort
the handbag symbolized their new independence. They could go
anywhere, carrying their own money, notebook, keys, powder and
lipstick, in their handbags.
The 21st Century has seen a huge rise in women's passion for
handbags, with designer
handbags becoming coveted status symbols and handbag collections
becoming enjoyable for any woman of style. As a fashion trend, big
bags re-emerged in response to today's work, business and leisure
activities with all the gadgets they need to carry with them, Mac
book or laptop, iPhone and iPod,
In 2008, with the gloomy economy casting a pall, like in the early
Seventies and Nineties, women are reportedly turning to more cheap,
conservative and practical handbag styles and the popular shoulder
bag is making a come back.
Fashion trends like everyone and everything are inextricably linked
to the global economy and a pattern has emerged through the decades
of the last century. During a time of recession and financial crisis
results is more practical and restrained, classic styling, whereas a
boom sets flamboyance in women's fashion. Classic designs remains
throughout both economic extremes and women who prefer classic
elegance to following latest fashion trend will usually wins, as
building collections of classic
handbags that outlast the vagaries of fashion.
The pulse of the age is translated by fashion designers into the
fashion trends and though right now it might feel the need to tighten
and hold to our classic handbag designs. It is sure that the economy,
along with fashion and style, will come full circle and eventually
there will be another period of fun, bright color and frivolous
extravagance on the way!