This season's designer handbag collections have it all – from classic totes you'll keep forever, to quirky clutches that will turn heads. The only hard part is choosing your favourite
Anya Hindmarch’s supermarket-inspired autumn show was full of references to household favourites, from Kellogg’s cereals to custard creams. This Frosties clutch may look like a corner-shop bargain but it’s actually made of printed snakeskin ? and it’s one of the most covetable and iconic pieces in the collection. If you’re not a fan of Tony the Tiger, there are Coco Pops, Cornflakes and Rice Krispies versions too.
Victoria Beckham is onto a winner with her pleasingly minimal but impressively luxurious zip pouch, which returns to her collections time and again in different colour combinations. This season’s eye-popping blue is one of her finest.
McCartney’s latest trademark touch is these gold chain trims, which give her bags an alluringly tough edge. You might think a designer backpack would be trickier than a traditional tote, but you won’t look back once you discover the joy of going hands-free. The icing on the cake is that it’s not real leather, so you can offset your shopping guilt with good eco karma.
Sophia Webster is London’s queen of the quirky accessory ? turn this clutch around and it says ‘I don’t’. Wear it for a wedding, or just to send out a crystal-clear message about what kind of mood you’re in.
There’s something irresistibly fun about fringing; it can make you feel like a free-wheeling cowgirl on her way to a whisky-fuelled barn dance. But this year Saint Laurent have taken the motif and made it darker ? this fringing is less Shania Twain, more high fashion.
The perfect clutch with the hint of edginess we expect from McQ. Look closely and you’ll find the animal print is pixelated ? ultra-modern and perfect for dinner or cocktails.
Small, shiny and perfectly formed, this leather bag has a long cross-body strap for easy daily use. Picture it swinging through a city break, holding only the bare essentials ? plus matching lipstick, of course.
For pre-fall 2014, Moschino’s new star designer Jeremy Scott created this cheeky shoulder bag based on one of the brand’s jackets. It’s a purse with personality, sure to raise a smile wherever you take it.
There was plenty of patchwork on the catwalks for autumn, and Marc by Marc Jacobs’ mixed snake prints are a sweet way of wearing the trend. You won’t fit much inside, but sometimes we all need an excuse to travel light.
Marni’s Trunk bag, with its accordion silhouette, is a modern classic that’s been carried by the likes of Anne Hathaway, Eva Mendes and Kate Bosworth. The label reinvents it in a fresh palette each season, and this deep wine red is autumn’s most elegant version.
The classic Antigona looks good in all its variations, but with a rock ‘n’ roll label like Givenchy, black will always be the ultimate hue. It’s instantly recognisable for its strong, shell-like silhouette and bold, don’t-mess-with-me angles.
Gucci’s bamboo-handled bags have been around since 1947, and it doesn’t get much more classic than that. The ‘made in Italy’ stamp adds an elegant touch.
With the recognisably slouchy style of designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, this super-soft carry-all uses burgundy calf hair and black leather. It’s relaxed enough for daytime dressing but still proudly upmarket. Take it out for a posh lunch.
Carry this saffiano leather tote with its criss-cross of colours facing out, or attract a few extra glances by turning it the other way to reveal its entirely silver back. It combines the Italian quality of Fendi, the practicality of a day bag and a touch of bling that makes every outing a little more special.
A large leather bag to fill up, carry everywhere and love for decades. This tote has the benefit of expandable sides that can be zipped or unzipped depending on how much you’re carrying ? so no more losing your keys under tons of clutter.
This latest incarnation of the beloved Heroine bag is in an artfully battered metallic leather. It’s compact and easy to carry with a shoulder strap, and as with any true heroine, you’ll never fall out of love with it.
If you’re looking to invest in something you can carry every day, this roomy black tote ? eternally smart and chic ? is probably the one. It’s made of soft calf skin that whispers ‘I may not have a flashy logo, but I’m pure luxury.’
This party-ready bag has animal appeal ? but Dalmatian print makes a welcome change from the ubiquitous leopard. Glamorous, cute and made for the young at heart, it looks as good with a silk blouse and trousers as it does with a cocktail frock.
Work the pastel trend with a bag that screams style. This super feminine ballet pink Willow tote from Mulberry is finished with golden accents, an embossed key fob and the brand’s signature logo to ensure that it’s the ultimate wearable designer bag.
This beautifully designed clutch bag from Alison Van Der Lande includes chic design details like handy internal pockets and a stylish tassel clasp. And the best bit? It comes in a fantastic range of colours.