The best part about the end of a year is looking back at all the fashion statements, trends and news of 2011. And what a year it was for bags. It came in all shapes and sizes, skins and colours, making 2011 the year of the bag. These are some of our top picks of the most photographed, talked about and popular bags of 2011, in no particular order:

1. Celine Luggage Tote, USD 1800 +
The ubiquitous tote was photographed all through the SS12 fashion shows, making a prominent appearance on Jak and Jil. Proof of its popularity? The FW 2011 collection is entirely sold out in Singapore, with a waiting list of 500 people for the SS12 collection. God speed.
The Celine luggage tote in black is available at Celine Pavilion starting at RM 7200.00 Tel: +603 2142 1086

 

2. Mulberry Carter Bag, USD 1400
Step aside, Bayswater. The Carter bag was seen on the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Kate Bosworth, but it is hardly a comeback bag. The British label injected a lightness into their Fall Winter collections and the Carter was a wonderful addition to the Mulberry family.
Available in bird’s nest (medium) at Mulberry KLCC for RM 5930.00 Tel: +603 2171 1102

 

3. KLutched Shinjuku Minaudiere, USD 420.00
With it’s studs and snakeskin exterior, this is the perfect clutch for the edgy yet stylish woman. It was a big year for KLutched; it was feted in Paris during fashion week and is a regular accessory for the Kuala Lumpur jet-set.
Available online at KLutched or at Shoes Shoes Shoes, 31A Jalan Telawi 3 for RM 1199 Tel: +603 2287 0608

4. Fendi Peekaboo, USD 2,350 onwards
The classic stachel silhouette of the Peekaboo goes with everything in your closet. With its single strap, the clasp falls to reveal the playful lining in red, leopard and navajo print, and was shown on the runway unclasped. Peekaboo!
Available at Fendi, Starhill Gallery (White and black availble) for RM 9960 onwards. Tel: +603 2143 2576

5. Cambridge Satchel, The Fluro collection. GBP 98.00
The fluroscent collection induced such a stampede for Cambridge Satchels that their standard 30 day shipping turned into 90 days because of the demand. The fluro satchel was also spotted on Brad Goreski throughout New York Fashion Week. What a bright future.
Available online at Cambridge Satchel Company. (Around RM 580 including shipping)

6. Yves Saint Laurent, Cabas Chyc. USD 2150 +
Starting with the massive success of the Muse (1&2) YSL has had to sustain the labels’ ‘It’ bag successes; and it didn’t disappoint with the Cabas Chyc. With the modern update of the ‘Y’ buckle and stitching, its quickly become a popular choice for the Hollywood fashionistas.
Available in red, black and biege (Large) at Yves Saint Laurent, Pavilion KL for RM 6,700. Tel: +603 2143 8885

7. thirtyfour Lola Shoulder Bag. USD 284.00
This slouchy hobo shape is a favourite of urban KL-ites, it has been spotted travelling from yoga classes, drinks with the girls to airports for that weekend getaway. Plus, it was also one of the hottest tickets at the Tongue in Chic Christmas giveaway.
Available at thirtyfour Bangsar Village 2 and thirtyfour.bespoke in Publika for RM 850 Tel: +603 2095 0034 

8. The Row Alligator Backpack, USD 39,000
Yes, that’s a comma before the zeros, not a dot. The Olsen twins’ alligator backpack made headlines with its price tag, even appearing (the backpack, not the twins) on Anderson Cooper 360. Publicity stunt? Well it was the first thing to sell out in the collection. “During our last economic crisis in the U.S., the only thing that went up was Hermès,” Mary-Kate said.
Available at The Row and an auction of a Russian Oligarch’s personal possessions in 10 years’ time. 

 

9. Jason Wu ‘Mini Miss Wu’ Sling Bag. USD 2,350
The Mini Miss Wu blue python was catapulted into fashion stardom when power house fashion blogger Bryanboy was seen going everywhere with it during fashion week. We love the striking cobalt hue; which adds the perfect amount of pop to your fall-winter wardrobe.
Available in various colours for Fall 2011 at Jason Wu Studio. (The blue python is sold out)

10. Alexander Mcqueen Britannia Clutch. USD 1450+
It has been more than a year since the tragic death of Lee Mcqueen, but his legacy continues at the capable hands of Sarah Burton at Alexander Mcqueen. No one, with perhaps the exception of Damien Hirst has done so much for skulls, one of Mcqueen’s iconic signatures.
Available online at Alexander Mcqueen.