Celebrity Style: Anne Hathaway and the Burberry Ruched Ribbon Lowry Tote

Anne Hathaway photo via Celebutopia

Anne Hathaway is a beautiful woman. There's no doubt about it. Over the past few years, Anne has transformed herself from shy, unassuming ingénue to full-on fashionista. She certainly has the body and features to pull off runway looks. In this photo of the actress taken earlier this year, she was spotted trying to look chic and casual, but her handbag elevates the ensemble to a whole other level.

Her forest green exotic-skinned Burberry Ruched Ribbon Lowry Tote was plucked right off the Fall '08 runway collection. Anne's statuesque figure is the perfect foil to this heavily detailed design. A neutral leather version ($2395) now available on Burberry's website is similar to Anne's bag. The large 15.5 x 11 x 9 size can accommodate all your daily essentials. The copious ruched ribbon detailing and inverted pleating along the front and rear of this pale-colored version are contrasted by chic black nickel hardware. The 'Lowry' includes dual top handles with extended straps as well as an adjustable, detachable cross-body strap.

While I love how the rich color of Anne's version compliments her dark hair and fair complexion, I can't say I love the 'Lowry's' overall design. The detailing is just too much for me. The scale of the ruching is small and used over the entire bag only makes it appear somewhat ragged like scraps of fabric. I prefer the detailing on the Marc Jacobs Hillary or the Valentino Petale. The larger and looser ruching is more aesthetically pleasing. Still, Anne looks fabulous wearing, well, anything. I hate her, don't you?!? ;-)


Tami on May 6, 2009 at 8:31 PM said...

Hi Dania, You know I have been looking at this photo for quite awhile now and re-reading your article, and I just can't find a liking for this bag. I love Anne, but the bag just isn't generating any warm and fuzzies. Even though Ann is a taller girl, the bag just seems to swallow her entire right side. Maybe I will take another look tomorrow and see something different.

Dania Padron on May 7, 2009 at 8:24 AM said...

Tami, I agree with you. As I mentioned in the article, I love the color of Anne's version, but that's pretty much it for me. It's easier to appreciate on the beige bag just how busy this bag is. If it were, perhaps, a smaller handbag it might work better. On a large tote like this one, it's just too much stuff going on. I debated using a full-body photo where she doesn't appear to be swallowed up by the bag, but the close up shot displayed more of the bag's detailing so I went with that one.

My overall point was that Anne's outfit is chic but casual and would have achieved that look had she not opted for using such a large, detailed bag. A simple hobo would've worked much better.

Thanks for the comment, Tami.

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