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Alexander Wang first translated his chic, yet slightly roughed-up ‘off-duty model’ aesthetic into a handbag collection this time last year. This spring, he brings us his original Brenda zip bag and the new Donna hobo (above) in a soft blue leather that is distressed to look like denim. The result is hippie but rock, tough but glam, and the perfect symbol of Wang’s promising young label.
Marc Jacobs and Diesel colours also imitated jean, while a sculpted Lanvin purse proves real denim could look just as luxe. Recessionista? Topshop’s Chanel-inspired chain bag, made from punky grey acid-wash denim is a must-have and a steal.

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Topshop denim cross body bag