Oh, the beautiful glossy surface and mesmerising pattern of an alligator handbag. You may think of them as an over-the-top accessory or absolutely irresistible must-have, but the point is that the beautiful crocodile accessory do provoke emotions.
In my case, the Fall/Winter trend also brings memories of a bag that once belonged to my mum and later was passed onto me to play with because when you are 5 and see a box-like bag, all that comes to mind is how perfect it would be to play a doctor... or carry around a lot of meaningless (to any adult) precious (to any kid) junk. Ironically, despite such a rough treatment, the little bag survived and is still somewhere around for my mum would never through it away. In fact, she bought this bag because it was love at first sight. It wasn't anything designer - just a sweet little thing in chestnut polished leather, but it was absolutely gorgeous and more precious to both my mother and me than anything else... I think I need to see if my parents can post it to me at some point...
Until then... Lets feast our eyes on the designer offerings for the season because the alligators were carried up and down the catwalk like they were going out of fashion.
How do I feel about buying one? From a fashion point of view, I adore them. Then I think of a controversial subject of crocodile farms and feel pretty selfish. Truthfully, I'll most likely shop vintage or buy a leather bag made to look like crocodile. And should I ever decide to ignore my sense and sensibility rules and go for the real thing, I'll always treat it as a lifetime purchase, something that I would not replace, carry as much as I can and enjoy every moment of it. Because these bags really are that special and a thing of beauty.
Photo source: crocodile bags on a runway at Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Loewe, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Hermes, Prada & Nina Ricci Fall/Winter 2015 via style.com & stylebistro.com