Small Wonders

Bright, tiny bags make a big statement.


Who says bigger is always better? Petite shoulder bags with lanky straps upstage their larger counterparts this fall. Donna Karan’s raspberry-hued ruched creation is designed for the urban gal on the go. “My handbags are all about individuality and the need for flexibility,” says Karan. Fittingly, her goatskin beauty can be worn long or as a clutch, doubling for day and night. Meanwhile, Chloé gets fierce with a violet lizard stunner. While its lengthy chain-link cord is très classic French, the bag also sports a bright red tassel and piping for a spirited effect. And Marc Jacobs forgoes excess via a demure, color-blocked design. With a strap that extends to hip level, it’s as practical as it is pretty. Proof again that good things come in small packages.