ACCESSORIES REPORT: Chain It Up

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Hardware details vamp up any accessory for a tough yet refined, chic look. In today’s world of handbag highs it’s all about the details, and in this case, it’s the chain, a Fashionista favorite since the 1950s. The fact that it gives a more luxurious and stylish look is just one reason why it has become a major trend for this spring/summer 2012.

This Fashionista is wearing her own Chanel leather purse with its woven, chain-linked handle. She wears her accessory with a straight-from-the-street outfit. She’s wearing a black, graphic tank top, leopard print leggings, black Keds, and Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. Her sophisticated bag and grunge outfit creates the perfect juxtaposition of styles. 

If there’s one designer that incorporates the chain detail with great quality and effortless beauty it’s Chanel. When she introduced the Chanel 2.55 bag in 1955, the iconic quilted handbag with chained straps, the handle has been a key detail ever since. Titled as “Boy,” their fall/winter 2011-2012 collection was inspired by hunters’ pockets for cartridges. The long handle allows for a comfortable and hands-free wear.  For spring/summer 2012, they evolved their cross-body chain bags into knotted wristlet purses. Other designers who have displayed their love for the chain for spring/summer 2012 are Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Emilio Pucci, and Versace.

Spotted: Dior’s collection for 2012 consists of the chain accents suitable for both day and night. Made with leather, denim, straw, and python skin, Dior creates glamorous and versatile summer bags for any age.

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