The metallic trend this year started as early as the Golden Globe Awards red carpet, where glitter, crystals, and sequins were found embellished on the dresses of A-list actresses. This continued throughout Milan Fashion Week the month after, and persisted on the runways at the recent Paris Fashion Week.

Here in Malaysia, we love metallic colours too because they look great on our Asian skin. From ambers to olives to browns, our skins are complemented by the glimmer and shimmer of metallic textures. Just look at the stunning Priyanka Chopra in her sparkling gold, body hugging Ralph Lauren gown at the Golden Globes.

If a full on shiny dress is too over-the-top for you, you can start out by adding metallic accessories to your usual look, such as jewellery and handbags. The latter proved particularly popular on the latest fall/winter runways, which ranged from Chanel and Louis Vuitton’s silvers to Gucci and Loewe’s golds. Futuristic and eye-catching, these dazzling bags are the best way to liven up any ensemble.

To get you started on introducing metallics into your wardrobe, we’ve put together a list of 5 shiny bags for you to consider. Now all you need is the perfect little black dress to pair them with. 

1
Versace Diamante

Rectangular in shape with a triple gusset compartment, the Diamante bag features a clasp embellished with guilloché. The bag comes in two sizes, 17.5 x 7 x 13 cm and 23 x 11 x 13 cm. It also has a variety of colours and embellishments, ranging from silver leather to gold chains and multi-coloured patchwork.

Available at the Versace boutique in Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL for RM9,650.

2
Jimmy Choo Lockett Tote

This Lockett tote from Jimmy Choo is a fashion forward yet practical accessory. Crafted with individual leather panels, it is luxuriously bonded with suede lining. Lockett studs are also used to embellish and hold the the panels together, making it more durable. And we love how it can be carried as a hand-held tote, on the shoulder, or across the body with its long detachable shoulder strap.

Available at the Jimmy Choo boutique in Pavilion KL for RM 7,456.

3
Bao Bao by Issey Miyake Lucent Metallic

We love the cutting-edge design in this series. Bao Bao by Issey Miyake’s Lucent Metallic bag uses metallic enamel finishing that changes the bag’s colour when viewed from a different angle. Available in a rich array of glossy purple, blue, and green hues, there’s one for every type of personality.

Available from September onwards at the Bao Bao Issey Miyake boutique in Pavilion KL for RM8,939.

4
Anya Hindmarch Smiley Cross-Body Bag

It’s time to ditch your trusty black carryall in favour of this compact cross-body bag. Perfect for your everyday use, the soft suede lining and tassel zip add a luxurious finish alongside the gold-tone Anya Hindmarch tassels. Emblazoned on the crinkled metallic leather front is a smiley face motif for a quirky touch.

Available at the Anya Hindmarch boutique in Pavilion KL RM3,320.

5
Chanel Metallic Calfskin Backpack

If you’re not too keen on going with a completely shiny bag, we suggest trying one with metallic accents instead. Made from a black, smooth calfskin leather, this Chanel option is adorned with metallic details and embellished with chevron patterns in elaphe texture. Gold metal chains also line the bag, making it versatile to either amp up or dress down any outfit. We love that the clasp is conveniently placed on the brand’s logo.

Available at the Chanel boutique in Suria KLCC  for RM29,800.