The overriding theme that will undoubtedly carry on from 2009 to 2010 is the effect of the staggering economy on the fashion industry. One of the results will be a resurgence of culturally-inspired design. The popularity of the ethnic look may have to do with the fact that most of us desire to travel to exotic countries, but we can't afford it. Therefore, a handbag that emotes a different cultural ambience is the next best thing.
Whether it's neon fabrics from Valentino or pastels from Prada, the use of bright colors in designer handbags has been popular for a while now. However, the tribal flare represents a new twist on this popular concept. For example, the Talita handbag by Christian Louboutin gives off a cultural vibe with its color palate and design structure that resembles an African mask. You can also see this 2010 trend with the Bottega Veneta Tie-dye Napa Handbag which is woven with brown and tan fabrics, and adorned with fringes.
Another trend is the use of animal prints. We've been seeing the crocodile skin print from Hermes and the metallic snakeskin print from multiple fashion houses, but the newest trend is the use of unique and lesser-known animal prints. Dooney and Bourke for example uses leather giraffe skin in handbags for their winter collection. Moreover, Alexander McQueen's Scuba de Manta clutch has a beautiful multi-colored python fabric which nearly resembles a butterfly. The important thing to note here is that these animal prints and tribal fabrics possess the coveted quality of being unique, yet versatile