Slay: Dua Lipa just launched a $12,000 Birkin bag

Dua Lipa aims to usher in a new era of clothing every time she releases a new project.

When she released her second studio album, Future Nostalgia, in 2020, she went all out with space-age glamor, making quirky patterns and bright colors into her daily rotation (she even dyed her hair neon orange ). At last summer's Barbie press conference, she made the most of her character, Mermaid Barbie's whimsical aesthetic, sourcing plenty of pink suits, bedazzled miniskirts and feminine silhouettes.

This year, with the surprise release of her latest single "Houdini," Lipa completely erased her past. She deleted all her Instagram feeds and started with a new look: edgy, leather-heavy street style, in keeping with the '80s vibe of the new record. Her recent off-duty moment reflected exactly those vibes.

Dua's luxurious leather look

On Monday, just hours before a star-studded cast of Barbie attended a private screening in New York, Lipa stepped out in a variety of leather separates.

Although she was riding in an SUV, her edgy outfit gave off a motorcycle vibe. She started her casual look with a black tank top, which she layered over an oversized leather biker jacket - the perfect top for the colder months.

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She kept the grunge vibe going with low-rise leather pants with white stripes on the legs to mimic the look of leather pants - a must-have for motorcycle riders everywhere. She also added stylish black sunglasses, chunky silver earrings and knee-high boots that were hidden beneath the hem of her statement pants.

Her "quiet luxury" carry-on bag

While the rest of her looks are undeniably hardcore, Lipa's timeless handbag adds an unexpected element of effortless luxury you've probably never seen before.

You'd think she'd choose a chain-embellished bag (like her favorite Gucci horsebit clutch ) or a geometric shoulder bag (like this Prada bag ) to match her edgy cool. Instead, she went with the celebrity-approved "old money" trend, launching a Hermès Birkin 35 with gold hardware and a black leather finish.

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The famous handbag retails for a whopping $12,450, but if you've been paying attention to Lipa's street style lately, you know she's worth every penny. Lipa has been spotted dragging her Birkin bag to an airport in Japan, as well as in London to promote her chart-topping song. She even posted a photo of a vintage red alligator model on her curated IG.

hollywood's favorite bag

While the Birkin bag has always been a must-have for fashion-forward celebrities, celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Anne Hathaway and Kim Kardashian have helped cement the iconic silhouette The shape makes it a must-have item for this year's "understated luxury" trend.

Just last week, for example, J.Lo stepped out in Los Angeles, pairing her croc-embossed Birkin 25 with a luxe shirtdress from Dior and the must-have footwear of the effortless luxury craze: a pair of ballet flats.

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Most recently, Hathaway took a more laid-back approach to her Birkin look after attending "The Drew Barrymore Show" on Monday. Similar to Lipa, she opted for a Birkin 35 bag in sleek black leather, paired with a crewneck sweater monogrammed "Drew" (no doubt a gift from Barrymore himself), mid-wash jeans and oversized sunglasses.

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The Birkin is, was, and will always be that bag.