Hippie In Hand

The summer of love came early this year, and Karl Lagerfeld isn’t the only designer feeling its hippie chic vibe. His witty bohemian backpack, which is colorfully painted and adorned as if it belonged to a Sorbonne student, is among a resurgence in mixed-media accessories that are anything but classic and sleek. Since the organic movement has taken hold of most every other facet of our lives, while designers are dancing to a tribal beat in general this season, handbags also are affected. Styles of all kinds from cross-over body to totes drip with exaggerated fringe and other rich, quirky decorations in ethnic and handmade craft traditions.