Will we ever have enough handbags.. Other than of course carrying our stuff, handbags are the closest expression of your attitude as a person. So even if you are not a handbag kind of woman, trust me, it shows. There are those fabulously chic women that have carried the same handbag for years, a valuable vintage piece that has been kept in pristine condition. And there are of course those adventurous wanderers, with their African purchase from their latest adventure (pre-covid) of course.. Well for us mere mortals, that have an affection for the next season’s handbag there is plenty of choice. Spoiler alert: there isn’t anything particularly new just twists on established themes.
The Protective Case
Mobile phone: check. AirPods: check. Water Bottle: check. There is now a protective case for every one of your daily essentials that you can dangle from your neck, wrist or even waist. This isn’t a brand new trend, which means that it has staying power. When we first saw this trend on the runways a couple of seasons ago we kind of smirked at the ridiculousness of it all. Well there is nothing ridiculous about a trend’s staying power, where there is demand, there is supply.
Super Sized Tote
The sizes of totes on the runway really were a little OTT, and their message has been received loud and clear: over-sized totes are in! We are assuming that for obvious reasons these ridiculous sizes will be reduced once the pieces hit the actual shop floors. When shopping for an oversized tote, always opt for a supple or soft leather option that will fold where it isn’t full. This will allow the bag to inflate or deflate depending on the contents of your bag. Is there anything worse than an almost empty, stiff over-sized bag? Something we see a little too often on TV shows!
So how do you update an older trend? Why make it in a different texture of course. Fashion brands have added everything from quilting and printed silk to horse hair and basket weaving to their traditional shapes in the attempt of luring us back to them. If you have a relatively basic wardrobe, let’s say, work appropriate, then this trend could really help up the fashion ante..Consider a grey boucle or even a printed and quilted silk option for an instant update.
At times the update doesn’t come in the bag itself but in the way it is carried. This season the ‘clutch hold’ was adopted for everything from oversized totes to shoulder bags. Another hold is the ‘rope hold’, which works well for a chain strap that you don’t feel like placing on your shoulder, allowing you to hold it as you would a tote. This is a good way to update your look and your handbag without digging into your pocket book.
The vintage attitude was adopted in a number of ways, shape of course. The vintage shapes run the gamut from lady-like styles from the Sixties at Prada to the original Jackie handbag at Gucci. Another vintage element is the print itself. Digging into the archives, fashion designers reintroduced vintage prints, as seen at Gucci and Balmain.
This is the trend that just won’t go away, hence making it a timeless option at this point. The flap bag has proven itself to be versatile and efficient in its formal job description: holding our belongings. In a variety of shapes sizes, the flap bag isn’t just a shoulder bag anymore. Numerous iterations have been introduced, from top handles to clutches. One again the way a bag is carried will also update the look; shoulder, clutch hold or rope hold,
It’s very interesting how some trends, introduced by a certain brand, then spread to be adopted by everyone else. Each giving their own spin on the trend. This is the case with Bottega’s chunky link chain on their iconic cassette handbag. Numerous brands jumped on the bandwagon adding metal hardware in many interesting ways.
Triangles, circles, moon shapes and everything in between. When in doubt turn it into a shape.. This must be their motto, because honestly we get why it could be interesting for an evening clutch to have a shape, but not much else really. Shapes are generally stiff, just so they can ‘keep their shape’ which makes these bags not only odd to look at, but not very functional thanks to their hard exterior.