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FASHION NOTES: THE BUCKET BAG

06.04.15

The bucket bag is the undeniable front runner when it comes to this season’s hero accessory styles. A contemporary take on a classic, this beautiful piece of leather craftsmanship is as stylish as it is practical and will lend even the most classic looks a subtle yet directional twist. This season, the REISS accessory designers have created a series of beautifully executed bucket bags that allow you to tap into the trend in the most sophisticated way. These on-point pieces are designed and created completely in-house, using supple leather and high-shine metal hardware for a luxe combination. Not sure how to wear it?  We’ve composed three very different outfits to help to set the tone.

Each collection is a progression from the previous season and references established designs in small but relevant ways. Look a little closer at the Maya bucket bag and you’ll notice that the toggle has been developed from the clasp featured on the Elliott shoulder bag. Initially inspired by a vintage piece, this delicate detail has now become a mainstay. Similarly, the buckle detailing on the strap is coherent with the Julio belt buckle as well as those found on the Hazel bracelet. This acute attention to detail is outlined in the designer sketches below.

HOW TO: DAYTIME FEMININITY

The soft blush-pink hue and spacious shape of the Maya render it perfect for day. Fresh, feminine and functional, it’s set to take your wardrobe firmly into spring/summer, and if you’re afraid of a little colour, it’s a chic way to lighten up your look. Whether you’re at home or abroad, try slinging it over the shoulder of a simple white sundress. Minimalistic but in the most pulled-together way, it will ensure the focus is on your sac-du-jour and create an effortless, clean-cut aesthetic.

Add a straw trilby and wayfarer-style sunglasses for a dash of detail, and complete the look with a flat sandal – extra style points for lazer-cut detailing.

HOW TO: EVENING ELEGANCE

You can’t go wrong with a black leather bag when it comes to evening, but switching up a classic clutch for the season’s must-have style will put a relevant spin on any look. With its slouchy shape and gold-tone metal hardware, the Maya in black will add dimension to sleek silhouettes and classic cuts. Big enough to house your essentials but small enough to remain practical throughout the night, it’s the perfect dinner-to-drinks companion.

Try teaming it with a 1970s-inspired double-breasted blazer, a silk cami and leather skinnies. This combination will exude modern elegance and work for everything from after-work events to a Saturday night in the city.

HOW TO: BOHO CHIC

SS15’s runway collections showcased fringing in a multitude of guises, from literal Wild Western interpretations to touches of tactile detailing on accessories and hemlines. Pay tribute to the trend with the fringed Stevie bucket bag. A contemporary riff on the Maya, it’s crafted with layers of tactile leather that give it a somewhat more laidback, youthful vibe.

Style it with a printed playsuit in tropical florals for an on-point fusion of chic and bohemian style. A chunky block heel and stacks of leather and metal bangles will add eclectic finishing touches.