March 24th, 2010
Style Files: WAG Handbags and ‘Ballers
Cheryl Cole and her Prada Tote at the BBC studios in London yesterday.
A handbag says a thousand words. Big, small, slouchy, distressed, leather, canvas, studded, quilted… we could go on.
And actually, let’s: there is no feeling quite like untying the brown ribbon bow from a Louis Vuitton box and lifting that gorgeous brown pebbled leather baby to your nose to get the full new leather experience.
Ooh. Getting lightheaded there.
Anyhoosey, we love handbags. And so do WAGs – getting their French-manicured hands on the bag-of-the-moment is certainly just as important as skipping the queue at Mahiki and getting the Cristal comped.
Interestingly enough, recent studies at the Kickette Institute for WAG-Bags and ‘Ballers have found that some of the footy players we know and love have some surprising things in common with handbags.
Let’s take a look some WAG handbag favorites and their footy counterparts.
The Vintage Bag
Vintage bags are collectors’ items and only for the serious fashion connoisseurs. They are status symbols and everyone in the know wants one. Coleen Rooney owns several vintage Chanel bags as does Victoria Beckham.
Baller equivalent: Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus). Everyone wants one.
The Investment Bag
This is the one you save months (or years) for. The precious object of your desire that you would sacrifice food, shelter and sanity to possess. Mamen Sanz (above) opted for the crocodile YSL 32 bag. Cheryl Cole invested in a Dior Granville tote and Louise Redknapp went for Givenchy.
Baller equivalent: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kaka (Real Madrid). Bags, however, always produce results… zing!
This is the bag you count on day in and day out to look good with everything and to always give you what you want. Balenciaga’s line of City bags do just that and are carried by WAGs such as Alex Gerrard, Coleen Rooney, Abbey Clancy (Crouchie), Lisa Carrick and Najah Wakil (Kalou).
This is the bag that was lust at first sight. You wanted it right then and there and plunked down the AmEx black without a second thought. Victoria Beckham’s Valentino Glamorous bag and Elen Rivas’ Bottega Veneta tote should have come with a 24 hour waiting period and some minor psychological counseling.
Baller Equivalent: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United). Don’t get us wrong, Kickettes. We love (love) The Berba, but his on pitch performances since signing with Manchester United haven’t impressed as much as we anticipated.
This bag involves the same amount of lust as the Big Mistake Bag, but is actually stylish, functional, and gorgeous. Abbey Clancy’s Alexander Wang Rocco tote is the must have bag right now. We would not be opposed to throwing ‘bo’s or hair pulling at Selfridges for this one. Look out for the Mulberry Alexa and the Proenza Schouler PS1 to turn up on blazer-clad WAG arms soon.
Baller Equivalent: Jack Rodwell (Everton), Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Daniel Carrico (Sporting Lisbon), and Sergio Canales (Real Madrid). They’re new, they’re hot, and we want them.
It’s Time to Retire
These are the bags that have come and long-gone, but still are hanging around on some misguided arms. Kickette-favorite Yulia Voronin still carries a Louis Vuitton Multicolore and Michela Quattrociocche is rocking the Fendi Spy. These bags are over ladies; done, past it, finito. We’ve made some lovely suggestions above. Go shopping.
Baller Equivalent: We love all footy players so we’re not going to name names. But you know who they are.
Tell us, Kickettes; do you share our love of arm candy? Which ‘baller does your favorite handbag resemble?