“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
French designer Yves Saint Laurent couldn’t have been more spot on. While fashion trends come and go (case in point: the current renaissance of 90s’ low-rise jeans and skirts), true and classic style lasts forever. For evidence, look no further than Saint Laurent’s boxy Solferino satchel.
Launched in 2020, the staple handbag holds its relevance season after season. Each fresh, albeit subtle, redesign is guaranteed to dominate the fashion set’s outfits both online and in the streets.
For Saint Laurent’s Spring 2023 collection, the sleek Solferino bag is introduced with new squared quilting in two minimalistic colourways. There’s a no-fuss design of black-on-black suede and leather, and an elegant look combining off-white suede with black leather trim. Both, of course, spotlight the iconic ‘YSL’ gold logo on the front flap.
The Solferino is available in different sizes with leather straps to suit different occasions. Carry the essentials—phone, keys and lipstick—and make the most of the concealed front pocket and inside slot for cards.
We know it’s the perfect accessory for every rendezvous, so now the question is: how do we style it?
The Solferino satchel is as versatile as it is effortlessly stylish. Designed to be worn casually to brunch with the girls, an intimate date night or strolling new streets when travelling, the handbag can adapt to suit any scene, outfit or person. Especially when it comes to the celeb set.
For 25-year-old ‘Dynasty’ actress Maddison Brown (seen above), a sleek black Solferino satchel is the Australian’s go-to accessory for an evening out in a pared-back tee and jeans, styled with a natural beauty look and minimal gold jewellery.
The Solferino bag goes hand-in-hand with the Blaze sunglasses, Saint Laurent’s latest pair of shades. The oversized cat-eye silhouette (seen above on 34-year-old actress and singer Liu Yase) brings a bold and fearless touch to the quilted suede bag whilst mimicking its sleek and distinctive lines.
In both cases, the boxy shoulder bag serves to elevate the simplest of outfits to cool-girl status, bringing a little je ne sais quois to any style from grunge to chic.
Discover your personal style
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it,” Yves Saint Laurent once said. His words still ring true when it comes to dressing up today, as the confidence you carry will leave a stronger impression than any sartorial choice.
However, it does help when you’re also carrying a luxurious, statement handbag. Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, the Solferino satchel works double duty with an eye-catching silhouette and soft palette to either refine your outfit or dial it back.
For effortless ‘French girl’ style to suit the French satchel, keep to natural and monochrome colours, striking shapes and simplistic gold-toned jewellery. Slip on an elegant pair of black mules to complete the look—and a swipe of red lipstick if you dare.
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