Fashion is Going in ‘Circles”!

Thom Browne circular shoulder bag in red, white, black leather $1245
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There’s no question that the old adage “what goes around comes around” applies to fashion, which is nothing, if not cyclical. Yes, it all comes back but contrary to what many think or say, new is not always improved; sometimes, the original was far better! But regardless, that’s not the only area of fashion where the word ‘round’ applies. It’s been hard not to notice a plethora of round, circular shaped bags in the market, and I’ve become somewhat obsessed because of the sheer variety. Here’s a ’round’ up (wink wink) of some of my favorites (a few are even on sale).

Rare vintage Chanel black and white circular chain bag, $3989 (reduced from $4999). More info/purchase

Diane Von Furstenberg describes her two-tone leather “Circle” shoulder bag as “sharp, clean, and endlessly versatile”. I agree. The strap is not only adjustable, but removable, and it’s well priced, to boot! $300. More info/purchase

Jerome Dreyfuss leopard print goat skin, lamb fur and hair calf round bag, $658 More info/purchase

Mansur Gavriel “Circle” tote in red drum-dyed leather which has a protective coat to keep the color from fading, $1095 More info/purchase

Vintage Chanel quilted red and black patent leather round vanity tote, $5959 More info/purchase

Sophie Anderson Lella Circle Bag $255 More info/purchase

Sophie Anderson pompom-embellished handwoven lightweight raffia Adorada tote, $200 More info/purchase

Marni color block leather tambourine bag, $1390 More info/purchase

Mugler circular pink leather shoulder bag, $435 (reduced from $1086) More info/purchase

While I have focused on bags, there are also several notable circle printed items worth a mention:

Stella McCartney circle printed silk skirt with asymmetrical hem, $370 (reduced from $925) More info/purchase

MSGM black and white wool blend circle intarsia sweater, $323 (reduced from $461) More info/purchase

1970’s Marimekko purple and brown large circle windowpane cotton maxi dress, $924 More info/purchase

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Ringstead printed crepe shirt, $150 (reduced from $500) More info/purchase

From the way I see it, it’s hip to be round!

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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