With the year coming to a close, let’s look back at the hottest bags of 2012 in the fashion kingdom. I’ve curated a total of 10 picks for the 2012 roundup of best bags, and here they are in no particular order:

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel

Many have compared the Céline Luggage Tote to the Pashli satchel, but to me, they really aren’t similar in any way. Sure, the sides of both bags flare out towards the top, but that’s really where their similarities end. The Pashli is a favourite amongst fashion bloggers and coincidentally, this also happens to be one of the many bags at the top of my wishlist. It comes in myriad of colours, and even with a mini version! A true contemporary classic!
Available in maroon and black at the Club 21 Multilabel Store, Pavilion KL for RM4,190. 

Boy Chanel

Chanel Black Quilted Boy Bag

Black Quilted Boy Chanel

Though the Boy has been around for quite some time now, it only just started gaining momentum this year. Few are available in KL at a time, while across the causeway in Singapore, all the Boy bags are sold out. In comparison, the iconic Classic Flap and 2.55 are more sophisticated, but there’s just something about the Boy that oozes that youthful cool-school je ne sais quoi.
Available in a variety of leathers in Small (RM12,190) and Medium (RM14,200) at Chanel, Suria KLCC. 

Coach Legacy Penny Shoulder Purse

Coach Legacy Holiday Penny Shoulder Purses

Coach Legacy Penny Shoulder Purses from the Holiday 2012 collection

Inspired by pieces from the Coach archives, the Legacy collection was probably the best thing that ever happened to Coach. Gone are the monograms and in its place, the most supple leathers in the brightest hues imaginable. With its playful tassels, the Penny Shoulder Purse is a fun small bag that easily take you from day to night. For day, wear it cross-body style or on the shoulder; for night, just undo the strap and watch it transform into a clutch. Don’t be fooled by its size, because it’s roomy enough for all necessities! Available in various colours at Coach for RM 1,000.

Valentino Rockstud

Valentino Rockstud Bags

Valentino Rockstud Bags

Yet another wildly popular range of bags, 2012 is definitely the year of the Rockstud. With its ability to strike a balance between feminine and edgy, the Rockstud collection has been one of the most coveted bags of 2012 and is a must-have for every fashionista. These bags were also seen multiple times in almost every single episode of the last season of Gossip GirlAvailable at Valentino, Star Hill Gallery. Depending on the design, prices range from RM6,000 to RM10,000 and above.

Givenchy Antigona

Colourblocked Antigona from Pre-Spring 2013

Colourblocked Antigona from Pre-Spring 2013

The Antigona is another bag that had been spotted dangling from many a Fashion Editor’s arms during Fashion Week. The structured and Lady Chic tote overflows with elegance. Not a fan of that sorta look? No problem, just choose a striking colour combo like the one from the Pre-Spring 2013 collection shown above and you have yourself a whole different look! Available at Givenchy Pavilion KL, in Small (RM6,950) and Medium (RM7,450).

Thirtyfour’s Darya Tote

thirty-four Darya tote in Navy; Also available in Coral

Thirtyfour Darya tote in Navy; Also available in Coral

One of my favourites from home-grown accessories label Thirtyfour, the Darya tote is sleek, chic and practical – Its size is ideal to be used as a shopper, document bag, day bag, or even when you travel! The Darya’s minimalist design would even be appropriate for men. Indeed, a truly multi-purpose and multi-functional bag! Available at Thirtyfour, Bangsar Village II and Thirtyfour bespoke, Publika for RM490.

Miss Dior

Miss Dior in Karung leather

Miss Dior in Karung leather

Ever since Mila Kunis became the face of the Miss Dior bag, the only way that this bag seems to be going is onwards and upwards on the fashion radar. Mila’s persona has breathed new life into this little missy, and just like her Black Swan character, the bag is now considered as classy, chic, and elegant. Between you and me, I’d gladly choose this over the 2.55 any day, due to the understated luxury that it exudes! Available in Lambskin at Dior, Star Hill Gallery. Miss Dior comes in two sizes: Small (opt for either a short or long chain shoulder strap) and Large (only short chain strap available). Prices are RM 11,800, RM13,000 and RM13,300 respectively.

YSL Cabas Chyc

YSL Cabas Chyc in Burgundy Deerskin

YSL Cabas Chyc in Burgundy Deerskin

Get your hands on this fabulous tote before any hint of the former logo (in this case, the ‘Y’ on the magnetic snap closure) disappears because I’ve seen the latest Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 bags and they don’t have any trace of anything that resembles the old logo or even the ‘Y’ on any of the bags anymore. That aside, it’s so awesome that the TiC team decided to give it away for Christmas this yearAvailable in Medium and Large at YSL, Pavilion KL. Prices range from RM6,950 to RM9,800.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tate Tote

Pretty Nylon Solid Medium Tate in Parrot Green from Fall/Winter 2012

Pretty Nylon Solid Medium Tate in Parrot Green from Autumn/Winter 2012

I’ve included this in this year’s most popular bags, but really, it’s an all-time favourite that weathers the seasons because the demand always outweighs the supply for this Tate tote. A classic style that’s available in different colours and prints depending on the season, this reversible nylon bag is great for your college needs! Available in in two sizes: Little Tate (RM860) and Medium Tate (RM960) at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Pavilion KL.

Zara’s Hammered Metal Clutch

Zara hammered metal clutch

Zara hammered metal clutch

Last but certainly not the least in any way, I am in love with this hammered metal minaudiere because it looks like it came straight out of the Modernist Art movement. Although it comes with a long strap, it looks way better when it’s tucked into the bag. But the best part of it all? It makes you feel like a million bucks because you’ll feel as if you’re carrying a gold nugget around in your palm! Available at Zara boutiques nationwide for RM279.

Did your faves make it into this year’s list?

Image credit: courtesy of CoachClub 21DiorThirtyfourZara, PurseForum, Valentino, Polyvore, Melium, My-Wardrobe

Bag Addicts Anonymous a.k.a. Bei Yan is the editor and founder of Bag Addicts Anonymous, a blog that specialises in designer handbags. She can be contacted at [email protected], or you can follow her on TwitterPinterest and Instagram via @bagaddictsanon and Facebook