Merino wool jumper by J.W. Anderson. Calfskin embroidered with leather petals bag by Christian Dior. Chalcedony, emerald and gold dice by Belmacz. Leather card holder by Acne Studios. Safety pins stylist's own.
As many a street style starlet can attest, 2016 is definitely the year of the mini bag: carry-little pochettes and purses that can scarcely hold an iPhone are all the rage. “It is the business of fashion,” Mario Ortelli, senior luxury goods analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein recently told the Business of Fashion. “Now is the phenomenon of mini bags" – and with Alexander Wang and Prada both releasing their own versions (appealing to distinctly different clientele: one marijuana-embellished, one inspired by books) available to purchase immediately following their A/W16 runways, he's right: it seems we literally can't wait to get our hands on them. Perhaps the greatest reason to pick a miniature version of your favourite style is because it forces economy: within a mini bag, one can only carry the most important accoutrements to a modern life – there is no room for crinkled stacks of receipts, no space for even a rogue Werther's Original. Here, we present our edit of the greatest options on offer, from Céline to Dior, alongside the greatest trinkets to fit inside them, from the most perfectly-formed Belmacz pillbox to the teeniest Smythson notebooks, luxuriant leather cardholders from Acne Studios to the perfect black composite and pink gold finish Cartier lighter.
Manicure Pebbles Aikens at Streeters using MAC; Hand model Brooke at Hired Hands