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The fanny leads the pack

The other week, as I was frantically packing us all up for a family trip to Europe, I had the sudden realization that I didn’t have a handbag. Of course I had a handbag aaa replica designer handbags , replica louis vuitton bags from china it was just the wrong one. All spring, I’d been lugging around a stylishly oversized one that not only was ruining my high quality replica handbags china right shoulder, but suddenly looked past its best before date. I know there are handbags in Europe, but since there was no way I would be dragging a giant’s sack that might as well have been embossed “Fall/Winter 2006” through the streets aaa replica designer handbags of Paris for even an afternoon, an emergency pretrip purchase was required.

Interestingly enough, the bag that immediately caught my eye is the complete opposite of my erstwhile 1:1 replica handbags shoulder boulder. Created by Anna Corinna of New York design team Corinna and Foley, it’s called the Small City Tote. Light and versatile, it can be clutched by its workmanlike handles or converted to a shoulder bag with its simple leather strap.

It’s trim, neat and minimal: The only embellishments are two flat zippered pockets. As it happens, it was the high quality designer replica handbags perfect choice. Everywhere I went in Europe with my new practical friend, I felt the height of chic. And no wonder. Forget the bloated poufs and the ruched and gathered pythons every cute person on the street was opting for a similarly utilitarian tote or a fanny pack.

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Yes replica designer handbags , a fanny pack. Although in Paris, where one would imagine that the visual effect of a few extra inches around the hips or waist would be a fashion faux pas, they call it “le banane.” Never mind that hideous versions have been the mainstay of discount stores and theme park tourists since Miuccia Prada officially called an end to the nineties utilitarian aesthetic she’d started in the first place, the hands free style is back. Famously adopted by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, where she wore a Gucci version, the fanny pack is at the centre of a utility chic revival.

While the Gucci model is clearly the favoured choice of the yummy mummy crowd at Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and yes, Prada, have each come out cheap louis vuitton bags from china with their own expressly minimal but for the logo versions. These in turn have been closely followed up by fanny packs and Corinna like flat bags from replica louis vuitton the likes of Coach, Cole Haan, Canadian based M0851 and Roots (their version, which like Corinna’s features a small strap which converts it to a shoulder bag, has been spotted on Heidi Klum).

Recently, Matthew McConaughey, Drew Barrymore and Naomi Watts (who, being Australian https://www.dolabuy.su/ , would refer to hers as a “bum bag”) have all been spotted packing fannies, echoing the zipped up nineties chic of the Matrix films.

Whatever happened to the new baroque? Is ornament dead? If Sigmund Freud was right and handbags are indeed signifiers for female genitalia, what exactly are we to make of this new, decidedly less voluptuous aesthetic?

For edification, cheap replica handbags I turn to the latest in the Y chromosome equivalent: automobiles. Interestingly enough, one of the hot rides now is a veritable essay in stripped down, retro utility chic. Introduced by Toyota as a one off at the North American International Auto Show, the Toyota FJ Cruiser, with its adornment fake louis bag of black overextenders, black steel wheels and many clips and hatches, was so well received by consumers that Toyota put it into production and rolled out the first 2007 models last year.

As a must have accessory, it’s such a lean, mean machine that, on its website, Toyota describes it as “engineered to climb 20 foot grades, ford three foot rapids and drive over boulders the size of refrigerators.” Utility chic indeed.

If utility chic has a soul, it’s one built for the new urban warrior, with all the essentials lined up ready for combat. As an aesthetic, it communicates purposefulness and paring down to brass tacks all the better to facilitate mobility, multitasking and keeping it all together. Which all sounds very “now,” of course, until one reflects that the pure utility demonstrated by the fanny pack and the FJ cruiser is just as much of an illusion as the idea that the aesthetic of usefulness is anything more than just another ornamental high quality designer replica handbags wholesale fad.

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What gives credence to this cynical view is that the end of this minimalist revival is already in sight. Interestingly enough, one of its hot tickets is a dead ringer for my utility chic Corinna bag. Which means it’s only a matter of minutes until even designer fanny packs end up back in the dollar store, where they belong.

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