The Fanny Pack Gets a Sexy Italian Makeover

Dolce & Gabbana include stylized fanny packs in their fall 2011 collection.
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Dolce & Gabbana include stylized fanny packs in their fall 2011 collection.

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The fanny pack is usually the stuff of last-minute Halloween costumes ("I'm uhh... an American tourist abroad?") but Dolce & Gabbana has finally elevated it to the realm of high fashion. Although theirs will surely be branded as something else like, the Hip Bag.

The star-studded fall 2011 collection featured leather handbags shrunk down and hoisted at the hip with thin leather straps for a look that's equal parts genius bag lady and MacGruber-esque response to a broken strap on your bag.

I loved these shrunken handbag fanni pacci (another name option), but the coin purse collage-on-a-belt pictured below really knocked my socks off.

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I mean, multiple coin purses! Why didn't anyone think of this before? It's so simple.  And just like we love pockets on a dress, we love figuring out what to put in each different compartment. Your phone, cards/cash and lipstick all have a place to live. You go out partying totally prepared for any emergency; and I mean ANY emergency, 'cause what else fits in the tiny black one but a condom? Now you have no excuses.

Welcome, fanny packs of the future!