So when did handbags get so tiny – and where do you put your lip?


So when did handbags get so tiny – and where do you put your lip? Legendary fashion houses Fendi, Chanel and Gucci roll out luxury micro bags popular among stars including Kate Middleton

  • There was a time when no starlet would be without a vast tote bag on her arm
  • Today’s handbags are small enough to dangle from a neatly manicured finger
  • Legendary fashion houses Fendi, Chanel and Gucci have shrunk their designs

There was a time when no self-respecting starlet would be without a vast tote bag dangling from her elbow.

But the capricious tides of fashion have turned. Today’s handbags are tiny enough to dangle from a neatly manicured finger – but don’t plan on carrying anything in them.

Legendary fashion houses Fendi, Chanel, Gucci and Christian Dior have scaled their classic designs to tiny proportions that most of us would find unachievable. But these small gripes have never stopped fashionistas.

British actress Lily Collins appeared on Netflix show Emily In Paris wearing a £575 green Trefolio mini bag by Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo

Many actresses, singers and even the Duchess of Cambridge have been spotted with the luxury micro bags – although most are too small to carry a cellphone, let alone all the other essentials for a night out.

In the 1990s, Sarah Jessica Parker wore the original sequined Fendi Baguette over her shoulder in Sex And The City.

But by the time of the reboot, Just Like That, which aired in December, her character Carrie Bradshaw had grown, but scaled down, to nano, who is just 4 inches long, dangling the £500 lambskin bag around her neck on a long gold chain.

Margot Robbie at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2022

Margot Robbie at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2022

Cynthia Nixon (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker are seen filming "And just like that..." the follow-up series to "sex and the city" in Midtown on November 5, 2021

Cynthia Nixon (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker are seen filming ‘And Just Like That…’ the follow-up series to ‘Sex and the City’ in Midtown on November 5, 2021

Meanwhile, British actress Lily Collins appeared on Netflix show Emily In Paris wearing a £575 green Trefolio mini bag by Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo.

They’re also proving popular off-screen and were a staple for stars attending Paris Fashion Week in January.

Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie arrived at the Chanel Spring/Summer show rocking the brand’s £2,970 white quilted leather AirPods case with gold chain, which mimics her classic handbag 2 .55. Meanwhile, pop star Rihanna has thrown herself into another event with a delicate peach ostrich leather version of Christian Dior’s legendary Saddle Bag, scaled down to a micro version and priced at £1,900.

Queen of Pop Beyoncé posed on Instagram with a £1,200 electric blue Fendi Micro Peekaboo bag hanging from a lone knuckle.

Queen of Pop Beyoncé posed on Instagram with a £1,200 electric blue Fendi Micro Peekaboo bag hanging from a lone knuckle

Queen of Pop Beyoncé posed on Instagram with a £1,200 electric blue Fendi Micro Peekaboo bag hanging from a lone knuckle

In recent months, the Duchess of Cambridge has also sported several tiny bags. She was spotted in London in October carrying the £295 Nano Montreal bag in caramel leather by British brand Demellier.

And while visiting Copenhagen last month, she appeared with Aspinal of London’s Mini Mayfair Bag, which sells for £395.

Even Princess Diana’s favorite handbag, the Lady Dior, has been discounted. The £2,600 Micro Lady Dior measures under 4 by 5 inches and, as Dior’s website helpfully points out, can only fit AirPods, lipstick and keys. A fashionable excuse to travel light.

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