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Bag addicts, rejoice — there are a few new things to add to your must-have list for fall. Christian Louboutin, maker of some of the world’s sexiest stilettos, is expanding his collection to include handbags. There are 14 new styles in all, and Louboutin traces his inspiration to everything from Bollywood to women’s bodies and even a detail of one of Jackie O’s dresses. Then there’s model-turned-designer Alex Wek’s pieces. While her collection consists mostly of leather and suede items, it also includes crocodile clutches and totes. Meanwhile, Christian Dior has also launched two new bags for fall. The first, called Hardcore, a silk jersey shoulder bag, was introduced for pre-fall. The other, Latest Blonde, is its leather counterpart, turned up on the Dior runway last week.

This story first appeared in the March 12, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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