Five of the Best Fashion Week Handbag Essentials

Whether you'll be front row in Paris or simply on a weekend's shopping break, we’ve whittled down our top five handbag must-haves…

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Anya Hindmarch ‘Lips and Eyes’ Make-up Bag

There's nothing worse than scrabbling around for bits of make-up at the very bottom of a huge bag – during Paris Fashion Week or at any other time. So, Anya Hindmarch has come to the rescue with a natty little make-up bag handily titled 'lips and eyes'. The super-cute design is also completely practical and is the perfect size for all the essentials. It's made from beige canvas, which is easy to wash and comes with a top zip fastening, leather tassel and designer-stamped lining.

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Price: £65; stockist: gift-library.com

Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick

If there's one thing that makes day to night styling on the road a little more effortless, it's lipstick. Dolce & Gabbana do a particularly startling hue of pillar box red in the name of 'Iconic'. Its rich texture means it stays on for hours, so you can turn up the volume in the glamour stakes and party all night.

Price: £22; stockist: harrods.com

Lanvin Umbrella

After a somewhat dreary start to autumn on the weather front, a good umbrella is a true fashion week/city break handbag staple. Forget passing fads of polka dots and stripes, this well-made chic black Lanvin gem is all you'll need. Although a little pricier than its counterparts, the sturdy wooden handle means it won’t be turning inside out at every gust of wind and will keep you dry in style. Plus, it'll be as good as new for years to come, putting a stop to having to bin endless cheap, broken umbrellas – much more sustainable.

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Price: £150; stockist: matches.com

Miu Miu Sunglasses

Ok, so they don't hit the stores for another couple of weeks but these are the sunglasses of the season. First spotted on the Miu Miu autumn/winter 2011 catwalks in a variety of hues and sparkly textures (our favourites are the chic black), these retro 1940s shades are set to sky rocket in popularity. Covering a multitude of sins and far too many late nights, you shouldn’t leave the house without a pair.

Price: £225; stockist: sunglasshut.co.uk

Archie Grand ‘Designers I Met and Liked’ Journal

These gorgeous tongue-in-cheek notebooks are ideal for daily scribblings, notes and lists (whether it’s from the front row or the back of a bus). They come in an array of bright colours with endless witty titles to suit even the most discerning customer. Some of our top choices include 'Jetsetters I Met and Liked' and 'Lovers I Had and Liked'. It's a little difficult to choose just one, so you could always just start collecting the set…

Price: £12; stockist: liberty.co.uk

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