One of the coolest looks to sashay down the Fall 2012 runways was without question the first one out at Valentino: this stunning folk-costume inspired ensemble of a leather skirt & cape. Capes are without a doubt completely fabulous - doubly so in leather - but rocking one with proper panache means that any bags you sling over your shoulder - including crossbodies & hobos - are simply out of the question. Rather, a more ladylike top-handled satchel or, better yet, a clutch are the way to go. This one is from New Zealand's Wild Pair & is the right hue (black, of course) and with cool of-the-moment details you want in your F/W handbags, including sassy studs, fringe & braid. And priced at just under AUD $50, it will keep your bank balance looking as chic as you.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Wild Pair; the words & opinions are mine.]