Make mine a miniWeekend Glitz | Elaine Chung and Natasha Tai 17 Sep 2021
The allure of mini bags that can barely contain a lipstick and credit cards continues to hold strong despite their total impracticality.
Their cuteness has made them the darling of kawaii-loving Japanese and Korean stars such as Suzy Bae, Jessica Ho and Mitsuki Kimura.
New releases include graffiti art and eccentric designs, with cross-industry collaborations taking the stage. Many international fashion houses are also launching mini, nano or even micro versions of their signature bags.
This season Dior has introduced miniaturized versions of the Lady Dior, Dior Caro, 30 Montaigne flap bag and the Saddle Bag in classic colors of black, red and beige.
The bags have also been updated in new and softer hues, such as rose des vents, cloud blue, mint green and tundra green.
In addition to their size, the new collection also displays a great amount of detail - the heart-shaped patterns in the miniature version of the Lady Caro and Lady Dior emphasize the brand's signature Cannage pattern.
Senreve, which brought out its Milli Maestra to great acclaim a few seasons back, has updated the tiny treasure in summery colors of pebbled mint and silver or blush and silver.
Tod's latest Graffiti series also contributes to the trend of fun and exciting designs.
Inspired by the works of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the micro Belt Bag is decorated with graphic texts such as "Dream," "Amor" and "In Love We Trust," paying tribute to the enriching visual effects of graffiti art.
Moschino is another brand known for its quirky designs. Its new mini bags in the early autumn collection are all decorated with the signature Moschino bear, catering to the tastes of young women with their denim designs.