7 high street handbags that could almost be Gucci

10th Oct 17 | Beauty

These catwalk copycats are as stylish as their luxury counterparts - but at a fraction of the cost.

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In less three years, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has overhauled the Italian brand, producing a string of stand-out collections in his trademark quirky-cool style.

From chintzy borrowed-from-Grandma frocks, to silk bomber jackets that celebs can’t get enough of, Michele has been responsible for more than his fair share of high fashion must-haves – but it’s Gucci’s handbags that have been most ubiquitous since the 44-year-old was installed at its helm.

A model wearing a creation for Gucci women's Fall-Winter 2015-2016 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, on 25/02/15 (Antonio Calanni/PA)The bestselling Dionysus bag on the Gucci catwalk (Antonio Calanni/PA)

These boxy bags, in patchwork snakeskin or logo-covered leather, come encrusted with bejewelled bees or animal brooches – the beige chain-handled Dionysus is the fashionista’s favourite – but at upwards of £2,000 each, they’re a bit on the pricey side to say the least.

Fear not, however, because the ‘Gucci Effect’ is being felt on the high street – big time – with handbags that combine a ladylike shape with unexpected embellishments and embroidery.

Can’t afford a Dionysus? Us neither, which is why we’ll be picking up one of these bargain bags this season…

A model during the Gucci women's Spring-Summer 2016 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week (Luca Bruno/PA)Combining ladylike shapes and quirky detailing, Gucci’s bags have been a bit hit with the fashion crowd (Luca Bruno/PA)

1. Marks and Spencer Collection Faux Leather Embroidered Tote Bag, £45

Marks and Spencer Collection Faux Leather Embroidered Tote Bag, £45(Marks and Spencer/PA)

2. Dune Dessie Grey Bag, £60

Dune Dessie Grey Bag, £60 (Dune/PA)(Dune/PA)

3. Accessorize Snake Handheld Bag, £40

3. Accessorize Snake Handheld Bag, £40 (Accessorize/PA)(Accessorize/PA)

4. River Island Tan Snake Cross Body Bag, £32

4. River Island Tan Snake Cross Body Bag, £32 (River Island/PA)(River Island/PA)

5. Therapy Dhalia Tote Bag, currently reduced to £30 from £55, House of Fraser

Therapy Dhalia Tote Bag, currently reduced to £30 from £55, House of Fraser (Therapy/House of Fraser/PA)(Therapy/House of Fraser/PA)

6. V by Very Flower and Bumble Bee Embellished Crossbody Bag, £28

6. V by Very Flower and Bumble Bee Embellished Crossbody Bag, £28 (Very/PA)(Very/PA)

7. SimplyBe Across Body Bag with Studs, £35

SimplyBe Across Body Bag with Studs, £35 (SimplyBe/PA)(SimplyBe/PA)

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