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Fall 2011 Handbag Trends: Smooth Geometry - structured & polished for the new season

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It's time for a look at new Handbag Trends for the Fall/Winter 2011 season, and if you're a fan of classic elegance, keep reading...

You won't find edgy hardware or elaborate detailing here, instead you will find quality polished leather in an assortment of structured shapes. The key word here is geometric - square or rectangular handbags that actually keep their shape when you put them down. And when you combine these shapes with smooth leather, you have added an instant classic to your closet. Hardware may go in and out of style, but classic elegance is timeless!

There are an assortment of colours to choose from this season - there is classic black (of course!), but you may want to consider rich camel shades, dramatic dark blues (midnight and navy), or even two tone handbags. We have some new labels to covet this season as well - Jason Wu debuted shoes & handbags during Spring 2011 Fashion Week (his new season Miss Wu tote is to sigh for!), and Zac Posen launched his first collection of Z Spoke handbags this spring as well. This camel quilted carry-all is gorgeous

This handbag trend will give your work wardrobe (dresses and suits) an instant style lift - after all, the look is reminiscent of the days when Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly carried their smooth polished Hermes handbags. And it doesn't get any more classic than that!

Check out the assortment below, something in every price range..

Fall 2011 Handbags: Smooth Geometry

Lanvin Lovely Leopold GM Bag BLACK
Lanvin Lovely Leopold GM ..
$2,185.00   £1355
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Givenchy Large Patent Pandora Messenger Black
Givenchy Large Patent Pan..
$1,885.00   £1169
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Delvaux Brillant MM Cognac
Delvaux Brillant MM Cogna..
$3,800.00   £2356
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Fall 2011 Handbags: Geometric structured shapes

Jason Wu Miss Wu Medium Two Tone Leather Tote
Jason Wu Miss Wu Medium T..
$1,995.00   £1237
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Chloe Darla Brushed Leather Shoulder Bag
Chloe Darla Brushed Leath..
$1,995.00   £1237
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Meredith Wendell Fishbowl Suede Shoulder Bag
Meredith Wendell Fishbowl..
$545.00   £338
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Dooney Bourke Alto Pebble Grain Leather Tassle Bag Handbags
Dooney Bourke Alto Pebble..
$395.00   £245
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Dooney Bourke Croco Janine Bag Handbags
Dooney Bourke Croco Janin..
$288.00   £179
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Dooney Bourke Croco Satchel Handbags
Dooney Bourke Croco Satch..
$288.00   £179
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Marc Jacobs Classic Lacquered Satchel
Marc Jacobs Classic Lacqu..
$1,250.00   £775
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Jimmy Choo Catherine Leopard Print Satchel
Jimmy Choo Catherine Leop..
$1,795.00   £1113
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Salvatore Ferragamo Lalette Satchel
Salvatore Ferragamo Lalet..
$1,790.00   £1110
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Z Spoke Zac Posen Quilted Top Handle Carry All
Z Spoke Zac Posen Quilted..
$595.00   £369
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Rebecca Minkoff Brynn Structure Satchel
Rebecca Minkoff Brynn Str..
$495.00   £307
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Marc Jacobs Rio Satchel
Marc Jacobs Rio Satchel..
$1,095.00   £679
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31 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel
31 Phillip Lim Pashli Sat..
$895.00   £555
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Sonia Rykiel Ligne Lola Shoulder Bag
Sonia Rykiel Ligne Lola S..
$1,040.00   £645
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DSQUARED2 Ottawa Kabuki Bag
DSQUARED2 Ottawa Kabuki B..
$765.00   £474
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