Decade’s revival continues with small embroidered and bead-embellished bags In fashion, the 1990s revival seems never-ending: first lycra cycling shorts, tiny sunglasses and ugly trainers made a comeback, then skinny eyebrows appeared on Rihanna on the cover of Vogue. But the latest iteration is a lot more palatable: the handbag of the moment is a small, embroidered and bead-embellished pouch of the kind carried by Kate Moss in her 90s heyday. Usually made from velvet or silk, they vary from all-over adornment to a minimal motif, and are just big enough to fit a makeup compact, credit card and phone. On the red carpet, Alexa Chung and Aurora James are among those leading the renaissance, having carried them on several occasions this year including at the Met Gala in May – the biggest fashion event of the year.
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