Aside from the breathtaking picture of trees blossoming back to life, each spring comes baring novelty in the guise of exciting new trends, fresh colors schemes and accessories that are meant to uplift your wardrobe and help you transition effortlessly into the new season. For spring 2013, some of the morphing elements were veiled in subtlety, while others embraced a bold, outrageous conversion.

In terms of bags, this season couldn’t have felt more complete or more diverse, as a myriad of new and exciting styles took over the runways before finding their ways into the stores. From classic black and white renditions, to dashing prints and delicate pastels, this season tempts you to reinvent yourself with the help landed by the perfect accessory. Read onto the full report to learn all about the key picks for spring.

Dashing stripes

While they might appear omnipresent and pervasive, bold stripes still make for one of this season’s leading trends and for good reason. If your wardrobe somehow escaped the stripe invasion, it’s not late to cave in to the exciting take on the classic concept by channeling the 1960s, persuading a nautical makeover or going plain Mediterranean.


From left to right, top to bottom: Moschino – Gloria mini briefcase bag; Michael Michael Kors – Jet Set Travel medium striped textured-leather shopper; Dolce & Gabbana – Miss Dolce small striped canvas and raffia shoulder bag; Marc Jacobs – Black & White Striped Calf-Hair The Domino Tote

Ornate fantasy

This spring, the new normal is dictated by the presence of bold ornaments and exuberant embellishments on clutches and bags alike, following a direction that turned accessories into pure works of art. If your wardrobe is in need of some playfulness or effervescence, search no more. Seek for beads, glitter and lots of colour.


From left to right, top to bottom: Stella McCartney – Embellished clutch; Mawi – Crystal embellished glitter clutch; Fendi – Super Bowl beaded baguette; Matthew Williamson – Embellished suede clutch

Holographic

The holographic trend managed to make its way into the spring of 2013 by keeping the metallic/iridescent combination relevant and alluring. It’s high time to step away from the monochrome tones and embrace the futuristic twists by the likes of a cutting edge bag.


From left to right, top to bottom: Somewhere Nowhere – Small hologram clutch; Proenza Schouler – Mini black holographic PS11 shoulder bag; Stella McCartney – Falabella clutch; Lanvin – The Happy medium holographic python shoulder bag

Transparent plastic

The transparent plastic trend quickly morphed into a spring essential with PVC/perspex jewelry, shoes and bags signing in for a modern, yet ultra-feminine look. Update your wish list and enhance your neutral outfits this spring with a delicate and transparent clutch or tote.


From left to right, top to bottom: Gucci – Aristographic Perspex clutch; Valentino – PVC shoulder bag; Charlotte Olympia – Pandora Bamboo Perspex clutch; Burberry Prorsum – Watersnake-trimmed PVC tote

Black & White

The black and white combination has never looked cooler. From sporty, to classic and mod renderings, this spring’s key bags made sure to inject the monochromatic motif with a brand new feel. Put a new twist on the timeless appeal that will carry you for seasons.


From left to right, top to bottom: Sportmax – Rubiera bag; Saint Laurent – Lulu medium leather shoulder bag; Victoria Beckham – Lazer cut out contrast tote bag; Givenchy – Braided-effect leather pouch

Metallic accents

The metallic tones are ready to help you make a fashionable statement this spring. Trust the metallic bags to pass over some of their luxurious, edgy and futuristic qualities, without compromising your personal aesthetic. Dare make an impact this season.


From left to right, top to bottom: Emilio Pucci – City Marquise tote; Burberry Prorsum – Berkeley metallic leather shoulder bag; Balenciaga – Classic Mini City leather shoulder bag

Python-embossed leather

Landing the snakeskin trend with a polished and ultra-modern interpretation, the python-embossed leather bags look bold, despite their minimalist designs. This spring, push the boundaries by choosing a unique bag that captures and reflects your personality.


From left to right, top to bottom: Dries Van Noten – Embossed leather shoulder bag; Zagliani – Metallic python easy clutch; Alexander Wang – Marion python embossed bag; Diane Von Furstenberg – Tonda python print box clutch

Bold florals

Embodying the spring spirit and reading pure femininity, the floral bags, clutches and totes are in full bloom this season. Built upon delicate accents, floral bags bring a touch of exoticism to this spring’s outfits. Carrying your essentials in style never looked easier.


From left to right, top to bottom: Dolce & Gabanna – Floral canvas shoulder bag; Gucci – Floral tote; 3.1 Phillip Lim – The Pashli medium floral-print canvas and leather trapeze bag; Lizzie Fortunato – Floral embroidered clutch

Delicate pastels

This season is all about switching the bold and bright tones with ultra-delicate pastels. Think in terms of dusted pink, peach, mint and baby blue and let your accessories do the talking. Complement the pastel elegance with exquisite designs and dainty details.


From left to right, top to bottom: Valentino – Minaudiere studded box clutch; Anya Hindmarch – Bathurst bow large leather shoulder bag; Miu Miu – Two-tone leather handbag; Mulberry – Cecily flower clasp bag

Eccentric prints

Usually during spring, the obsession for whimsical prints gains new proportions. Keeping up with the tradition this season brought along a full spectrum of eccentric prints and patterns, covering everything in between dragonfly motifs and minimalist graphic cubes.


From left to right, top to bottom: Mary Katrantzou – Sorbonne print leather pouch; Alexander McQueen – Dragonfly-print mantaray clutch; Dolce & Gabbana – Miss Glam quilted silk shoulder bag; Pierre Hardy – Cube-print canvas pouch

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