Bella Hadid and the luxury brand Max Mara teamed up once again on a new campaign. The world-famous model stars in their latest accessory ad material for Spring 2018. For the second time in a row, the superstar modeled their new releases for the upcoming season.
In the official pictures, Bella shows off Max Mara’s brand new bag. There are only several pictures released so far, but we hope for more. Steven Maisel was the mastermind behind the lenses. He is one of the most iconic photographers, known for his work with celebrities such as Madonna, Mariah Carey, and publications as Vogue, W Magazine and more.
Hadid looks sensational while flaunting two new styles of the handbag by Max Mara for Spring 2018. The first design is an ivory double handle bag, also available in a bold coral shade. It features a long adjustable and removable shoulder strap. The small outer pocket gives the handbag a chic vibe. This style costs around $1,300. In the shots, Bella rocks a chic outfit: a trendy strapless gingham dress over a navy blouse.
The second one looks exactly the same, but it’s a bit larger. This style comes in two colors, black and brown. The bag is on the pricier side, sold for around $1,400. The attractive supermodel holds the gorgeous black design, wrapped up in a chic white coat with black and navy details.
The younger Hadid sister was announced as the face of Max Mara’s accessories line in June this year. Shortly after that Bella fronted their campaign for the Fall 2017 bags and accessories. Hadid’s first collaboration with the Italian fashion house was also shot by the legendary Meisel.
Her sister Gigi previously had the honors to collaborate with the luxury brand. She was tapped right before Bella and was featured in two of the brand’s promotional ads. The older Hadid looked astonishing in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 shots.
This has been a great year for Bella Hadid. The young supermodel is one of the most sought-after faces in the world of fashion. She walked all the high-end runway shows and collaborated with many luxury brands. In her resume, you will find notable partnerships with Bulgari, Dior, Nike, Chrome Hearts and many more. Max Mara knows what is doing, by partnering with such a big star in the industry. Just by mentioning the Hadid name these days, you can sell almost everything.
Photo Credit: Steven Meisel
Crossbody bags are the best and most practical bags you will ever find. With the rise of the fanny packs and small backpacks, we somehow forgot about the crossbody bags. But thankfully, bloggers and influencers are here to show us how to upgrade our style by following the latest trends.
The crossbody bags can be a part of any outfit. If you are opting for a laid-back look, with jeans and sneakers, you can choose a statement bag. Colors such as red, blue, pink, and green are always the ones that make the statement. So a monochrome outfit can be taken to a whole new level with an attention-grabbing bag. Studded bags are also a great addition to simple outfits. Some bloggers add fun straps to their crossbody bags that feature embroidery.
During this year’s fashion month, we noticed a lot of bloggers rocking red crossbody bags. The red tiny bag is the next thing you need in your wardrobe according to the fashionistas. Printed plaid bags or bags that feature animal prints can be a great addition to your closet. Some of the most fashionable ladies like to match them with contrasting colors. The result is an attention-grabbing and stylish outfit. If you are on the bolder side, you should try some of these style ideas.
Even If you have a special event to attend, this bag can be a part of your look. Elegant dresses look amazing paired with black, silver and even gold crossbody bags. To finish off the look you can add a pair of sandals in the same color.
Take cues from the most popular bloggers on how to style your favorite crossbody bag this fall. Fact: A statement bag will make your outfit three times better.
An elegant clutch is always a good investment. Your outfit, makeup, and hair are important, but details will instantly elevate your look. That is why you should find the perfect clutch bag. It is an essential part of the look and is available in many styles, sizes, and colors.
Celebrities are always the perfect inspiration on what to wear and how to wear it. They attend many glamorous events, where they flaunt elegant gowns and stunning accessories. The clutch is a piece of accessory that can only do good to your appearance. If you are wearing a simple dress or gown that needs a little extra something, you can add an eye-catching tiny bag. This year the metallics are a big trend, so a pretty silver, golden or rose clutch would be ideal. If you feel extra glamorous go with a sparkling design. Glittery clutches can make your outfit pop and will bring all eyes on you.
The biggest fashion events such as the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the CFDA Awards are an inspiration on how to match and wear the clutches. Celebrities love to wear striking bags to complete their elegant looks. Get your inspiration from influencers such as Kate Bosworth, Rihanna, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, and others. Here is your ultimate guide on how to make a statement with a tiny clutch bag.
Nowadays brows are extremely important and get a lot more attention than in the past. Therefore we don’t suggest any extreme long-term brow transformations that you could possibly regret.
It’s 2017, there are numberless good brow products that work wonders and there is no excuse to walk around with badly shaped brows.
We also have to admit that we witnessed many brow trends on Instagram lately. Most of them were labeled as unwearable and too dramatic. But if you think deeper, many of those trends aren’t permanent. That leaves us a space to experiment and easily wipe off the makeup if we aren’t satisfied. Some of those trends are really comfortable and easy to try. It’s finally time to give some of them a chance.
Take a look at these beautiful brow upgrades that can change your brow game forever, or at least for a day.
Accent Your Brows
Nothing defines the face better than neat, freshly plucked eyebrows. When your brows are in a good shape your eyes look bigger also. Your job is to enhance the good brow shape even more. We are not talking about overfilling your brows. You need something that will keep your brows in place and enhance their shape and color. Brow tints are an excellent option to accent your brows. Products such as Butter London’s Tailored Brow Tint have a lightweight but well-pigmented formula that creates an illusion of fuller brows in seconds.
Ombre brows are a life changing technique for filling the brows. You have probably seen this trend around or you might have even tried it without knowing its name. The ombre brow technique is basically everything that the regular ombre is: a gradual blending of one color to another, usually going from light to dark. That’s exactly what you need if you prefer natural-looking brows. To achieve the ombre effect, you need to lightly fill your brows at the beginning and gradually darken them towards the ends. Some people like to use two different brow colors for a better effect. If your brow product of choice is buildable, you don’t have to bother with more than one color.
Sparkly Brow Highlight
What you would normally do is highlight your brow bone with concealer or highlighter. On the other hand, if you want to make that brow bone really pop try the sparkly brow highlight. You will need glitter or makeup pigments to try this trend. Moreover, you can use your regular eyelash glue, or special glitter glue to recreate this look. The Manic Panic eyelash adhesive paired with their Glam Dust is perfect duo to get the sparkly brow highlight right.
For those who are bold enough to take the previous trend even further, the glitter brows are a great option. With the 90s trends back on the scene, the world has fallen in love with the glitter again. Instead of using in on your eyes or on your body, make a fierce choice and try the glitter brows. We don’t have to wait for the festival season to try such a beautiful trend.
The metallic brow trend is also very effective and reserved for the bold ones. You can try the metallic brow trend with makeup or with the temporary hair color styling gel by Manic Panic. If you decide to use makeup products look for highly pigmented metallic eyeshadows or use gold and silver pigments.
Whether you want your brows to match your hair or want to add a splash of color on your face, this trend will do the job. An unexpected pop of color on the brows looks absolutely gorgeous. You can dye your brows in pastel pink, blue, purple, red and anything that you could imagine. If you want to skip the dyeing procedure, try this trend with eyeshadows that you have in your makeup kit.
The brow carving is like a smokey eye for your brows. If you are really proud of your arches now you can embrace them even more with this technique. The “frame of your brows” can be achieved with eyeliner to create the defined edges and matching eyeshadow to create the smokey effect.
In every category, from clothes to hair to makeup, we have spotted the hottest 2017 runway trends, but I gotta admit – the spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends have me wishing for an endless paycheck. For fashion week, designers went above and beyond, designing truly innovative bags that really caught our attention – at times, much more so than the rest of the collection.
A lot of designers showed their incredible variety, with a ton of different styles of bags that fit into a few different spring/ summer 2017 bag trends. We saw a ton of gorgeous print, innovative shapes, as well as some timeless classics – and we have gathered all of them for you here: the best spring/ summer 2017 handbags!
#1. Teeny Tiny Thumbelina Purses
I guess some girls just like it small? At the very least, this is true when it comes to one of the spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends. What could fit in these tiny bags? A lipstick and a few coins, but little else.
We saw a lot of these tiny bags paired with larger ones, perhaps to be used as a separate coin purse (or if you’re in California, Massachusetts, or Nevada, they are the perfect size to carry your newly legalized stash.) We saw a few miniature, leather matchbox purses at Hermes, perhaps in the hope that they would inspire a more minimalist lifestyle.
At Valentino, we also saw some tiny purses, but with an edge thanks to a chain strap, and a more heavy-duty material. The cutest teeny purse for summer 2017 was at Fendi, in a baby pink shade with a tiny flower print, and the most adorable little metal handle.
#2. Larger Than Life Duffle Bags
The designers at fashion week know their audience. For some women – especially fashion conscious women – style is often more important than practicality. However, even when practicality is necessary, it’d certainly better be stylish.
That is why large travel & duffle bags are one of the spring/ summer 2017 bag trends. After all, when chic women go on summer vacation, they better have the space in their bags for all of their beauty and fashion must haves!
At Balenciaga, we saw a large variety of exceptional travel bags for summer 2017. Some were quite beautiful and loud, featuring a gorgeous floral print (another of the season’s print trends), while others were a solid one color.
#3. Metallic & Shiny Bags
A metallic finish is a dangerous choice, because it is so iconic as an ‘80s style. However, when blended with other fabrics and unique shapes, it suddenly becomes modern and unique, so it is no surprise that we saw quite a few shiny bags as part of the spring 2017 bag trends.
At Marc Jacobs, we saw some gorgeous metallic bucket bags in shades of blue and gold. The fabric looked as though it had been folded, and the unique texture worked very well with the sheen.
At Delpozo, we saw a bag design reminiscent of a jellyfish – semi transparent, shiny, with an opalescent sheen. We also saw some gorgeous metallic magenta, red, teal, and red saddle bags for summer 2017 at Trussardi.
#4. Add on the Attachments
This is the first of the adorable spring 2017 handbag trends. We saw little attachments and adornments all over the purses on the runway, and we really did love them – who cares if they are kind of useless?
Both at the Fendi and Rebecca Minkoff shows, there were big balls of fur attached to the leather bags. In Fendi’s case it was very playful, with the balls of fuzz taking on different shapes.
At Moschino, the tassel attachments were especially creative, and went really well with the “paper doll” theme of the show. What seemed like tassel attachments on the purses at first turned out to be 2D prints.
Never a brand to blend into the crowd, the attachments at Maison Margiela were large and bedazzled. At Altuzarra, the attachments kept to the fruit theme, with little cherry attachments, as well as tassels.
We also saw cool handbag attachments at Coach and Versus Versace.
#5. Drawstring Topped Bag
Some of the designers chose to showcase summer 2017 handbag trends that were more on the casual side. This is certainly welcome, since the summer season is when bags are often meant to carry daytime essentials without looking too expensive or formal. The drawstring design is certainly on the casual side, but it has a certain world traveller charm.
On the Derek Lam runway, the warm toned suede drawstring bags fit in seamlessly with the simple, warm, and clean design of the rest of the collection. At Marni, we saw a few clean, drapey leather bags with drawstrings on top, and even one white leather bag with drawstring both on the top and the bottom.
We saw cinch topped bags of this sort on the Altuzarra runway, where they were paired with a few other trends: tassels, as well as cute prints and snake skin.
At Attico, the bags were ultra simple, made of delicate fabrics and a magnificent print, and the drawstrings were extra long so they could be wrapped around the wrist or attached to a belt.
#6. Handbags with Springtime Floral Prints and Appliqués
A floral print done the wrong way can really age an outfit, but when it’s well planned, the effect is perfectly fresh and springy. That is why floral prints made it into our spring/ summer 2017 handbags list. Listing all of the designers that made use of gorgeous floral prints would be tough, but here are a few of the floral highlights.
In the Tory Burch collection, we saw box bags with pastel floral print that had a clean ‘60s mod vibe. Michael Kors chose to run the gamut of various floral options, including leather appliqués in the same shade as the bag itself, floral appliqués of a different material, floral prints all over the bag.
On the Monique Lhuillier runway, the take on the floral spring 2017 bag trends was soft, with white 3D flowers attached to a small and delicate cream colored bag.
#7. Channel the Jungle with Animal Prints and Furs
While many designers had their summer 2017 handbags feature various types of animals, others chose to only stick to the animal’s fur. PETA is usually not a fan of leather bags, but they like the fur ones even less. Despite that, animal print and fur bags still make it unto this list of spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends.
The first is a solid leopard print number at Celine. The wild fur contrasted with the sleek rectangular shape of the briefcase style bag.
At Prada, we saw plush fur blended with pop-printed leather, in a really bright and attention-grabbing contrast.
#8. Handbags with Hippie Dippy Trippy Prints
A few designers this season wanted to create bags that would channel more than just the style of an older time, but would totally channel the experience. That is why we saw a few bag designs that remind us of either a great LSD trip, or the last time we saw an Alejandro Jodorowsky film.
At Marc Jacobs, quite a few of the bags featured trippy, Picasso-esque designs with floaty eyes, spaceships, and stars, in really bright, clashing primary and secondary colors.
The Oscar de la Renta collection featured ‘60s style paisley printed bags for 2017 and clutches, in shades that matched the outfits in the rest of the collection. Lastly, some of the prints at Versace looked like a real drug trip.
#9. Bags with Fringe and Tassels
Harken back to the Wild West, with tasseled spring 2017 bags. We saw many variations on tassels, also as attachments separate from the bags, but where they really stood out was when they hung all along the bag, giving everything an edgy, devil-may-care feel.
At Coach, the tassels all along the sides of the bags blended perfectly with the suede material from which the bags were made. In some cases the tassels were even studded with a bit of metal, for a more punk look.
At Elie Saab, the fringe trend was combined with metallic materials, for a gorgeous effect. The silver and gold tassels hung from the bags, in a shimmery, near fluid effect that was fun and classy.
We also saw 2017 handbags with tassels at Giorgio Armani, and quite a few attachments previous mentioned took the form of tassels.
#10. Snakeskin Isn’t Poisonous
Snakeskin bags for summer 2017 were all over the runway this season. In fact, listing all of the designers that opted for snakeskin as part of their collection of spring/ summer 2017 handbags would be arduous, and perhaps not even interesting. However, a few of the bags featuring this classic type of handbag material did stand out more than others.
At Altuzarra, for example, the snakeskin was topped with fruit pattern embroidery, and on a few of the bags it was actually combined with a few areas of just regular leather.
At Carven, the snakeskin bags were a beautiful mixture of gray, black, and baby blue, for a strangely soft effect. Snakeskin handbags for 2017 also appeared at Chanel, Fendi, Givenchy, Miu Miu, and Celine.
#11. Bags with Chain Straps
At Valentino, the chain straps we saw came in brass and gunmetal shades, and contrasted interestingly with the more classy leather and suede styles of the body of the bags.
On the Bottega Veneta runway, the chain handles we saw were less industrial, and classier, fitting very synergistically with the warm-tone leather bags.
At John Galliano, the use of chains was quite excessive, and they punked up the wearer’s outfits quite a bit, since the bags were slung across the shoulder and hung from the front.
We also saw some summer 2017 bags with chain straps at Mulberry and Versace.
#12. Bags with Rounded Handles
It is always interesting when a few designers seem to land on the same brand new design choice independently of each other, which was the case with the round, firm handle spring 2017 handbag trends.
At Chloe, the circular bag handle was the predominant style. What we saw was a large, golden circle attached to the bag by a little clasp.
We saw it on one of the summer 2017 bags at Giorgio Armani – a black, circular handle, and a square bag printed with a cool-toned pattern. Even at Givenchy, we saw a rounded plastic handle in a retro print attached to a black, snakeskin leather bag.
#13. Green Is In with Reusable Shopping Bags
Single-use items are out, and reusable is in, and the summer 2017 bags are certainly no different. As grocery stores all across the world start banning plastic bags, the need for stylish reusable grocery bags become all the more pressing. That is why it is no surprise that we are seeing tote bags as one of the summer 2017 bag trends.
On the Celine runway, we saw a massive crisp-white tote bag that could contain all of the best fresh products you could find at the farmer’s market.
The choice for crisp, fresh colors was also apparent on the Sonia Rykiel and Sacai catwalks. Both collections featured large, white totes with black accents.
The classiest tote was at Armani – it was solid black, with a leather orange handle, and it could probably work both as a day purse and as a shopping bag. We also saw tote-style bags at Miu Miu and Paul Smith.
#14. Sideways Bags
It takes a clever designer to create a bag that will be comfortable to hold sideways, without throwing your items all over the place, or causing a spill once the bag is finally opened. However, it certainly stands out as one of the more off-kilter spring/ summer 2017 bag trends, and we pray that these beautiful bags that are meant to be carried sideways were well planned enough to be convenient.
At Salvatore Ferragamo, these sideways bags were actually somewhere between a bag and a clutch, with a wrist strap, made of brightly colored leather.
#15. Say It with Bags
Some of the summer 2017 bags had a message to share – for the most part the messages were not profound, but we can’t deny that a bag is a more intriguing place to share insights than a T-shirt. For some designers, it was strictly a clever way of adding some branding, while others opted for real words and phrases.
At Dolce & Gabbana, some of the bags represented different kinds of restaurant signs, including “Pizzeria,” “Bar,” and “Gelateria.”
At Loewe, the cryptic “see u later” bag was especially graphic, and reminded of a sassy T-shirt. Many of the other bags prominently displayed the name of the brand.
At Dior, we saw an almost Louis Vuitton-esque dedication to showcasing their brand on their bags, especially along the straps. We also saw a new contraction of their logo: “J’Dior”.
Many of the summer 2017 purses on the Gucci catwalk displayed the phrases “Future” or “Modern Future.”
#16. Think Outside the Box with Box Purses
Solid box handbags always seemed like the height of avant-garde ingenuity to me, even if they are not necessarily a new thing. They have a way of portraying just how unique and forward-thinking the people who carry them are, so it does not surprise me that they are another of the spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends.
At Hermes, we saw gorgeous box purses – both tiny ones, to fit into the Thumbelina bag trend, as well as medium sized ones that reminded us of high fashion lunch boxes.
At Dior, we saw box bags that were made of a solid metal, were quite thin, and were printed with designs that reminded us of tarot cards. At Thom Browne, alternating with dog bags, there were box bags that were medium-sized, and covered in a square pattern print.
There were also some box purses at Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Personally, this is one of those spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends we would rather avoid. Not because we don’t like how it looks – this is probably the most glamorous of the summer 2017 bags, after all.
Unfortunately, the kinds of events, where clutches tend to make an appearance (fancy dress, with lots of dancing and drinking), are exactly the kinds of events where if our bag is not attached to us by a strap, we’ll probably leave it behind.
At Louis Vuitton, we saw a lot of classy black clutches, with gold details, as well as many small purses that were held by hand despite having some decorative straps. At Oscar de la Renta, some of the clutches were longer, and covered in bohemian prints, while others were quite tiny and delicate.
At Stella McCartney, clutches took the form of squared little pouches, while at Prada, they were edgy thanks to visible zippers and large flowers.
There is nothing better than an awesome backpack – it’s like instant youth, in the form of a bag. Designers opted for all kinds of backpacks for their spring/ summer 2017 collections, whether sporty and casual or glammed up.
At Versace, the backpacks had a rock climbing chic, thanks to a mixture of plastic straps and silver attachments. At Maison Margiela, we saw backpacks made of a plush material in shades of white and orange that were definitely perfect for a casual day, but without the sporty vibe of other bags.
At Fendi, we saw some two-in-ones that were styled like subtle backpacks, but also sported large straps, so they could be worn both ways.
#19. Fanny Packs
A lot of people like to express surprise when fanny packs make it unto trends lists, but you know what? Brave designers this season did such an excellent job resurrecting the reputation of this practical invention that they certainly deserve to be on this list of spring/ summer 2017 bag trends.
At Rag & Bone, sleek wallet-sized fanny packs made of black leather ruled the runway. At DKNY, the fanny packs were made especially for the futuristic android hunter – they were bold and big, in solid colors and black straps, and their look was extremely clean and sharp.
At the Kenzo show, fanny packs were made to match the outfits, in a variety of designs, but the most striking was a graphic, shimmery, black, silver and magenta one. At Stella McCartney, the fanny packs were maybe closer to belts with pockets, in earthy shades of leather.
#20. Woven Picnic Basket Bags
The spring season is the perfect time for picnics, which is why woven bags that remind us a little bit of baskets are one of the spring 2017 bag trends.
One of the loveliest purses at Dolce & Gabbana is a square, solid-looking bag covered in light straw. At Michael Kors, we saw a half-moon shaped picnic-style purse with a wooden handle.
On the Charlotte Olympia runway, the spring picnic motif ran strong with lots of woven baskets, including a classic lunch basket painted to look like a watermelon.
At Tory Burch, the timeless satchel bag style was paired with a woven straw style material, making for a lovely summery take on these spring/ summer 2017 handbags perfect for picnic.
#21. Bizarre Shapes
The spring/ summer 2017 bag trends really stretched our conceptions of what a bag is supposed to look like, and some of the creations were truly unexpected and extraordinary. Whether they were convenient, we are not so sure.
Balenciaga was about more than just oversized bags – they were also about featuring a brand new shape: a weird pouf that could double as a bag and as a pillow stool.
At Alexander Wang, the new bag shape was on the smaller side of things, but no less outstanding. The bags we saw were a fascinating take on the bucket bag shape – maybe barrel or flowerpot shape is the best way to describe them. The handles came together at the top, cinching the opening together.
On the Issey Miyake runway, bags reminded us of gourds, with their full round bodies, and tapered off tops. At Hermes, cylindrical bags covered in three layers of fur were what really caught everyone’s eyes.
#22. Is It a Toy? Is It Bird? No! It’s a Bag!
A bag is the perfect accessory for when you want to get really playful. It is totally external from the rest of the outfit, so you don’t have to worry too much about clashing. That is why designers choosing to get really silly with their summer 2017 handbags makes sense to me, and as far as silly goes, having bags look like characters is the best way.
Having a bag shaped like an animal or a creature is like a grownup way of carrying a doll – and if anyone judges? Well, we don’t see them carrying an original Chanel or Thom Browne.
The art of camouflage is as important as it is ancient. We can think of many situations when having a stealth bag is important… okay, maybe only one – to sneak our snacks into the movie theatre. What can I say? We’re pretty tame! However, these summer 2017 bags masquerading as other things during the fashion week were anything but subtle.
At Moschino, bags were camouflaged as pill containers, teddy bears, and even one purse shaped as a backpack. To match with the marching band theme at the Dolce & Gabbana show, many of the bags took the shape of drums, guitars, a tiny piano, and as a camouflage combo breaker, there was a Rubik’s cube.
On the Alice + Olivia runway, a glamorous cartoon lady with sunglasses featured heavily both on bags and in the rest of the collection, while cute dachshund dogs were spotted at Thom Browne, with a red and dark blue leaf print, or a plaid white and peach print.
At Chanel, we saw many different styles of purses, falling into a few of the spring 2017 bag trends including drawstring tops, metallics, and snakeskin, but the cute matchbox robot bag totally stole the show. The robot bag was black, smiley, and the perfect size for a cellphone and a bit of cash – in other words, your perfect techno sidekick for a night out on the town.
One of our favorite summer 2017 bags in the Charlotte Olympia collection was a heavily lipsticked, fruity lady. Lastly, at Gucci, we saw golden animal face appliques attached to the purses, in what is likely to be the most luxurious iteration of this trend. At J.W. Anderson, we saw a blue bucket bag with a fuzzy ape face frowning on its front.
#23. Hand Held Side-Strap Bags
The breakout innovation of the spring/ summer 2017 bags is these new semi-clutches that we saw pioneered both at Louis Vuitton and Dior. These bags were held the same way as clutches, but instead of being totally strapless, they had one thick handle across the slide. The wearer can simply slide their hand through the strap, and then know that their ultra classy party bag won’t be easily lost.
At Louis Vuitton, these bags came in snakeskin with the handles a different color from the rest of the bag. At Dior, the bags and straps were all made of the same leather material, and many even had longer shoulder straps that were left unused.
#24. The Most Glamorous Hobos Around
I think these spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends might be the only context where the word “hobo” is not just okay, but kind of awesome. We saw a ton of different takes on this old school bag design, from the totally innovative to the fairly traditional.
On the traditional end of things were the leather hobo bags at Nina Ricci, in striped, solid, and square patterns. At Givenchy and Max Mara, the hobo bags were anything but dumpy, thanks to luxurious suedes and leathers.
#25. Satchel Bags
Satchel bags are the perfect choice, as far as androgynous, utilitarian spring 2017 handbag trends go. They can fit anything from books to tablets to other necessities. We saw a lot of different takes on the satchel bag this season.
The satchel bags at Anna Sui were truly gorgeous – the leather had been covered in delicate floral designs that had been carved into them. The satchel bags at Prada were classy, retro two-toned leather numbers – perfect for the savvy traveller that knows how to pack light.
Which of these awesome spring/ summer 2017 handbag trends do you like best? Comment and let us know!
Photos courtesy of Vogue, Livingly
Don’t miss: Spring/ Summer 2017 Shoe Trends
It is said that the way you hold your handbag speaks much about your personality, temperament and the mood of the moment. Whether you carry your cross-body bag in front of the body thus spitting out your feeling shy or wear your tote in the crook of elbow thus declaring status and position being your priorities, the fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbags have their powerful say in this sphere to maybe demolish your habitual handbag scheme and the way of holding them.
Update: Check out the new Spring/ Summer 2017 Handbag Trends!
The fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends rounded up under our close scrutiny are in a quest to offer up a plethora of designer bag designs and to bring in new ways of carrying them.
Starting from Dior’s as-if-accidentally-left-open shoulder bags to Celine’s leather handbags held sidewise ignoring the top handles, body language specialists still have volumes of work to do in terms of giving out new personality categories. But until then, flip through our list of the best fall 2016 handbag trends hooked from the recent fall runway shows and pulled together for your pleasure and leisure.
1. Cross-Body Bags
Given that the recent fall/winter collections were all about adventures and relaxation, sprezzatura looks and careless catwalking, what other handbag style could better accomplish the whole craze than perennial cross-body bags? Just let your bag cross your body and hotfoot it out of town, with the most necessary items in and with feelings of extreme protection. More importantly, you can do it in so many ways, in so many sizes and shades.
Start from Prada’s vagabond girls going bananas over worn-tightly-across-the-body waist-level leather bags with some knick-knacks hanging down and end at ballet-inspired Valentino show filled with blackest black super short cross-body bags nigh reaching the armpits.
But dare not miss those reptile skin cross-body bags for fall 2016 with top handles as spotted at Givenchy, those color-blocked ones at Burberry, fold-over spacious stunners at Barbara Bui and a coquettish bubblegum pink charmer we have been so enthused to spot at Gucci. Or else go further and let the cross-body bag touch your back, an engrossing variant seen at Chanel and Chloe recently.
2. Drawstring Reticule Styles
Bringing back the Regency era? Got a long-awaited invitation to Jane Austen festival in Australia? Whatever it is, the modern renditions of reticule pouches by the leading fashion designers certify their being so versatile and multifunctional.
Your liability is just to narrow down your essentials into the most necessary – a juicy lipstick, who-is-the-fairest-in-land mirror and your iPhone to stay in touch. The fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends are churning out these drawstring stunners in all materials, with any embellishments and most importantly, within any lifestyle.
We see them in delicate velvet, with floral embroidery and a metallic chain around the wrist in Alberta Ferretti’s boudoir collection and in different fabrics with loop handles at Giorgio Armani’s elegant runway show.
Then it is all about a matter of taste whether to opt for Alexander Wang’s suede versions with metallic polka dots or a not-so-sacred leather one covered with marijuana leaves. Check out Lanvin as well, for more ravishing versions, Elie Saab and DSquared2 to be poured with tassels or Nina Ricci for pretty ruffled reticules, suggestive of aromatic flowers.
3. De Rigueur Boxy Handbags
Much as geometry ignites seriousness and gravity, boxy handbags in square or rectangular shapes alike channel some practical twist around. Apart from several books stocked one over another, these fall 2016 handbags are quite capacious to stash your quotidian items especially as you borrow those spacious two-floored suitcase-style boxy handbags from Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection or those leather ones with front flaps from Balenciaga’s show.
Boxy handbags, so de rigueur at this juncture, are really shaping up one of the grandest fall 2016 handbag trends to circulate around the city streets come the cold seasons. But those tiny ones instantly dissolving seriousness and spreading coquettish ease around stand head and shoulders above.
Nothing can ever be excavated to be more fragile and delicate than those compact Dolce & Gabbana charmers with lock closures in reptile skin or velvet, bejeweled or showing pretty floral panoply, crystalline or pop-art inspirations. And catching some boxy handbags at Louis Vuitton in leopard prints come as no surprise at this animal-skin-obsessed period.
4. One Bag Is Not Enough
One of the coolest ways of carrying a handbag as per the fall/ winter 2016 handbag trends is carrying multiple bags at a time. Bumping into this inspiring handbag trend, we just try to guess the designers’ intentions and motives.
Are more essentials needed to carry come the fall? Do two bags at a time add extra sprezzatura to the outfit or is it just another way to build cool colorblocks? All these hypotheses mentioned and more might come out as facts.
Following Loewe’s two-spacious-bags-at-a-time advice, one worn over the shoulder, another held in hand, might end up with going outside armed to the teeth, while the baguette bag + frame purse combo thread at Christian Dior brings about some enlivening colorblocks apart from intense concentration on money segregation.
While these versions have been iterated many a time and oft during prior seasons, some designers went out-and-out innovational in this category this time around bringing forth family ties – Siamese twin purple and red bags at Bottega Veneta and a mother + daughter package spotted at DSquared2.
5. Furry Handbag Phase
It has become a somewhat pretty habit with leading fashion houses and designers to crank out furry handbags of different sizes and styles on and on when it is about the fall and winter seasons. This year is no different with a plethora of furry handbags shaping up oen of the ‘warmest’ fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends. They are so fluffy, delicate; warming up frozen hands instantly, almost like your favorite pet held tightly right under the armpit or led by a strap.
We see many versions crafted entirely out of fur or with furry details here and there. We see some brown furry tidbits forming floral patterns at Michael Kors, brown and grey top-handled bags at Alexander Wang, leopard skin imitating pieces at Simone Rocha, an oversized Airy Blue handbag at Fendi, another roomy one at Blumarine.
This furry string could drag on and on with Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane, Loewe, Marchesa, Sonia Rykiel, Salvatore Ferragamo replenishing the roster among the others. It is at Versace that furry tails make pretty swinging decorative components to leather handbags, while at Calvin Klein Collection it is all about slip through furry straps.
6. Animal Skin Handbags On the Go!
The fall 2016 handbag trends have really elevated the position of animal skin in fashion arena starting from leopard and tiger prints to snake and crocodile skin patterns. This exotic trend best fitted to show bohemian luxury is touching on not only outerwear, footwear, pants or tops, but also handbags.
Blue and yellow reptile skin handbags make a great chapter of the Bottega Veneta fall 2016 collection, while brown crocodile skin cross-body bags are Givenchy’s thing this time around.
We happily embrace dower-chest-style reptile patterned handbags at Dolce & Gabbana, those boxy handbags covered with leopard spots at Louis Vuitton and money purse stunners with yellow or pink tiger stripes at Kenzo, while Dries Van Noten exposes a harmonious symbiosis of leopard spots and snake patterns.
For more embellished reptile skin handbags, make a beeline to Gucci. Need a smasher? Nothing can be a better pillar of strength than fierce predators.
7. Hands-Free Fanny Packs
Number one hands-free ultra-comfortable bag type among the fall 2016 handbags is surely the fanny pack outpacing even cross-bodies. Just call to mind all those activities you can carry out with fanny-packs perched around your waist – starting from hands-free hot coffee drinking to cold ice-cream licking when walking down the street, not to mention the facility and security of your iPhone and money.
This kangaroo-pouch-reminiscent bag style has surely attracted many a designer having all the potential to become the It bag of 2016. Meet them in droves from down-and-out versions to more chic and chichi options.
Saddle-bag-shaped fanny packs are making a perfect pair with military tomboyish garments at 3.1 Phillip Lim, while reticule-style ones are prettily decorating fit and flaring silhouettes at Celine. At Elie Saab fanny packs are black, crocheted and delicate, while at Off-White – gold-plated and shimmering.
Find a new way of carrying fanny packs with the chain strap twirled around the belt at Chanel and leap to a new category at Undercover to carry them on hips of your pants fastened by pins.
8. Backpacks to Hold in Hands
We are falling back on backpacks come the fall/winter days, but not in their traditional carrying-on-back versions. Many a designer is encouraging now to carry them in hand from top handles absolutely ignoring those back straps, a blueprint surely to beef up backpack position in fashion ground.
We listen attentively to commands by Lanvin and stare saucer-eyed at those Persian green and silver metallic backpacks, then smoothly passing to Versace black, optical illusion or sequined numbers.
The homestretch is at Louis Vuitton with leopard printed and monogrammed options. But those soft ghostly backpacks spotted at Anya Hindmarch represent truly a whole new ball game.
9. Exquisite Minaudières Galore
Exquisite minaudières having their roots stuck deep into ‘30s are spreading their branches high into the fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends. No matter crafted out of metal, lacquer or velvet, embellished with gems, mother of pearls or featherweight feathers, these jewelry-worthy pieces never fail in to bring splendor and pomp around.
When heading to a luxurious soiree and feeling in lack of jewelry nothing can better save the day than a dainty minaudière especially as you have those Dolce & Gabbana sweet nothings at your disposal, chock-a-block with crystals to form pretty floral embellishments or Giorgio Armani sleek metallic charmers with tiny gems spread over the surface.
10. Day & Night Clutches and Envelope Bags
Once clutches were meant for special events only to work solely with evening gowns. Gone are those days; clutches are now copious and versatile enough to work both for daily life and evening soirees.
The fall 2016 handbag trends bring in day and night clutches starting from those elongated leather clutches at Balenciaga to those tweed printed charmers at Chanel or those slip-through quilted ones at Valentino. Just stow away your best makeup goodies and clutch your clutch.
11. Spicy Baguette Bags
Baguette is meant not only to pay homage to your gustatory predilections, but also to your fashionable essence fluctuations. This compact handbag inaugurated by Fendi in 1997 makes one of the lovely fall 2016 handbag trends happening here and there throughout the whole month either slung over the shoulder or held nonchalantly in hand.
We see pretty colorblocked reptile skin baguette bags at Burberry and other unique versions in saccharine shades at Bottega Veneta. A range of suede versions appears at Christian Dior as well and some ruffled innovations at Fendi, of course.
12. Handbags with Metallic Effects
Metallic shimmer and glimmer is all focused to bring about another stunning handbag trend we are all so enthused to get hands on soon. Apart from metallic-effect clothing pieces delivered in abundance down the runways of late, metallic handbags also have their powerful say in here igniting anything futuristic or apocalyptic.
Silvery handbags are marched out from Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin in disparate designs and styles, while gold-pleated numbers are sneaking to us from Proenza Schouler, Gucci, Loewe and Off-White.
For more enlivening metallic shades come and get a lavender bag from Marc Jacobs and rainbow-effect metallic hand turners from Louis Vuitton.
13. Half-Moon and Hobo Bags
These two handbag styles, both amounting to the same crescent shape but different from each other in terms of materials they are crafted out of, have been widely used by many a designer this year as well. Apart from being an arm candy so pleasant to just look at, these handbags are spacious enough to shelter as many things as are necessary in a span of day.
Most importantly you have so many styles, materials and shades at your disposal – black lacquered and brown velvet hobos at 3.1 Phillip Lim, a white braided one at Altuzarra, black and green leather half-moons at Boss, a couple of short strap slouchy ones at Celine and Louis Vuitton and some pretty staples coming into view at Loewe.
At Lemaire a half-moon stunner nigh reaches a real half-moon category through its blindingly bright yellow shade, while at Celine we observe a model in a square shape but with a crescent shape at top section. But those colorblocked half-moon bags we have spotted at Boss are really ace of aces in this category.
14. Leave It Open
There is no denying that many fashion designers might have left their fall 2016 handbags open intentionally on the runway not for demonstrating a new way of carrying them, but just to show off the interior designs of their creations to the onlookers. Regardless of their motives we fall head over heels in love with this cool handbag trend (at least no fret any more when you forget to zip your baguette bag or leave your saddle bag flab swing backwards).
While there are some doubts regarding other fashion houses, Dior’s shoulder bag left open to unfold and show off a purse pocket is beyond the shadow of a doubt to be also a strong propaganda to carry them right that way down the streets.
We see Jonathan Anderson’s carry-all slouchy creations for Loewe, unzipped from the middle part and exposing their extra space to hide more things, but admit that when not so many things are necessary to carry, it would be cool to unzip and zip along.
The same way we highly appreciate Anya Hindmarch’s solution to unzip messenger bags thus forming a lip-shape illusion at the top section.
15. Bags with Swinging Tassels & Fringing
Number one western style barometer, tassels are yet again making their way through the fashion world albeit not in so much volume as last year, yet swinging and jumping on the fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbags as well.
Altuzarra’s saddle bags are flaunting wisps of tassels here and there on straps or on flaps, while the iridescent wisps of tassels are aligned in apple-pie order on straps at Elie Saab.
16. Bucking up with Bucket Bags
Bucking up the trend is at times cool but not when it comes to bucking up with bucket bags. With or without drawstrings, spacious or miniature, they always gravitate towards us greatly.
The leading fashion designers come out as the perfect adepts of female leanings and predilections afresh catering us to a modicum of bucket bags for the upcoming chilly seasons. 3.1 Phillip Lim is surely leading the pack with its leather bucket bags with drawstrings and in shipshape compact state, while at Marni we get an eyeful of that drawstring-less brown furry bucket bag to tote on so many occasions.
But we are giving the award of the most lovely bucket bag to that compact miniature one spotted at Dolce & Gabbana with a lock turning it into a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
17. All Eyes on Straps and Handles
The fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends frequently leave us all eyes on the straps and handles relegating the handbag itself to the background. It’s worth following Fendi’s advice to tote those trapezoid handbags or baguettes from the top handles leaving those wavy, iridescent shoulder straps swinging demonstratively.
We see ethnic scarves twirled to become lovely top handles of Louis Vuitton snow white bags and black boxy ones; many creatively knotted straps at Celine in shades different from handbags themselves thus creating lovely contrasts and a handful of soft furry straps at Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein Collection.
And overlooking that bleached yellow stunner with a safety pin top handle at Vionnet is nigh impossible.
18. Cowgirling with Saddle Bags
It will be a cold day in July when we stop admiring knee-high boots + saddle back combination in the fall/winter seasons. Come on; clap hands with glee, as the fall 2016 handbag trends are again bringing back the saddle bags both in their original brown leather versions and in other unique designs and you again have a chance to cowgirl.
Saddle bags make a team with nigh every look at Altuzarra in different colors whether in leather or suede, with tassels or with braided surface, with leather or chain straps. We see saddle bags at Celine as well carried not over the shoulder but wrapped around the wrist, many tasseled charmers at Elie Saab and a thread of leather or floral canvas saddle bags at Miu Miu.
19. Printed and Embellished Handbags
If there is one fall 2016 handbag trend begetting intensive binge-watching, that is the trend of printed and embellished handbags happening everywhere up hill and down dale.
Dolce & Gabbana is calling the tune with its myriads of sophisticated exemplars – fairy-tale boxy pieces and other handbag styles all encrusted with gems, floral embellishments and prints, optical illusion and houndstooth prints and goodness knows what else. Alessandro Michele’s creations for Gucci concede D&G in no way in terms of prints and embellishments.
We see a range of Dionysus City bags with some botanical and abstract embroidery or with some bejeweled panoply but also other staples showing some zigzag and psychedelic patters.
At Christopher Kane you will find lovely crocheted flowers attached here and there, at Dries Van Noten velvet clutches are all decorated with tender feathers, at Fendi it is all about kaleidoscopic and optical illusion views, while at Salvatore Ferragamo iridescent stripes and zigzags come into view.
The list of trendsetters lengthens including Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Prada, Proenza Schoulder, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Christian Dior and many others.
20. Vintage Frame Handbags and Purses
When we mention ‘vintage’ while talking about the fall 2016 handbag trends, frame sophisticated models come into mind instantly. But not only into mind; into view as well especially as the fall/ winter 2016 handbags are on the go.
Sorting frame handbags and purses by ascending order we can start from those delicate purses at Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Marni and Tommy Hilfiger, smoothly moving to Alexander McQueen leather and furry pieces to that blue reptile skin handbag at Bottega Veneta and in the long run ending at Mansur Gavriel to get an eyeful of those vibrant yellow and red top handled glamor-engenders.
21. Trapezoid-Shaped Handbags Aplenty
We are again thrown in the thick of geometry with trapezoid-shaped handbags for fall 2016 sneaking to us from right and left, from up and down shaping up another inspiring 2016 bag trend. Mr. Lagerfeld’s wavy and ruffled creations for Fendi are saturated with trapezoid-shaped handbags, monochromatic or printed, leather or furry, spacious or itsy-bitsy.
We catch many trapezoid top-handled handbags at Gucci as well, a couple of floral printed stunners at Giorgio Armani and carry-all totes at Boss to go out as a well-equipped girl.
22. Hello, Matchy-Matchy!
While the majority of fashion designers try to create pretty color and print contrasts through their fall 2016 collections, many designers are embracing the matchy-matchy options with vim and vigor. Matchy-matchy might imply matching clothing with boots, hats or handbags.
Need the whole caboodle in perfect match? No doubt, Chanel is ruling here delivering a range of printed tweed looks entirely matched both in shades and in textures including handbags, of course.
At Barbara Bui we see red plaid jumpsuit + cross-body bag combinations and another polka dot dress + scarf + clutch combo at Elie Saab, while at Miu Miu the floral outerwear and saddle bags are singing absolutely the same tune. Many fall 2016 handbags perfectly matching with clothing have been spotted at Anna Sui, Calvin Klein Collection and Emilio Pucci as well.
23. Bon Voyage Handbags
If asked to describe the fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends in one word, what would be your answer? Mine would undeniably be ADVENTURES! So it comes as no surprise to see many bon-voyage-wishing travel bags on recent runways starting from those leather top handled handbags at Trussardi to square suitcase-style ones at Louis Vuitton.
24. Searching for Unique Colorblocks
Never stay blocked in some place but fling yourself into colorblocks much as contemporary fashion designers are doing at this juncture. Colorblocked handbags indubitably stand head and shoulders above monochromatic versions.
Just a glance at those diplomatic and half-moon handbags by Boss, a whole lot of classic ones by Versace and a couple of shoulder bags by Tory Burch and you will be completely swept off your feet!
25. Top Handled Classic Handbags
The classic and elegant style is never gone and even at this eclectic fashion moment it is alive and kicking as never. Among those designers bringing forth classic handbags for fall 2016 is undeniably Mr. Armani showing his sleek black top handled creations at the Giorgio Armani fall 2016 ready-to-wear runway show.
We see many classic plaid arm candies in taupe shade at Ralph Lauren, a handful of compact jewel-toned trapezoid handbags at Prada and some cocoa brown or blush pink classic handbags at Louis Vuitton.
26. Lots of Chain Straps
Chain strap handbags have always been showing stable presence on the runways season after season. The fall/ winter 2016-2017 handbag trends come as another term to inhabit jingling straps on a range of bags.
Starting from fine chain straps at Dolce & Gabbana to those chunky ones at Versace or Marni, these metallic straps look in pretty contrast with snowy winter albeit threatening to freeze your open shoulder – just another manifestation of power and fortitude.
27. Oversized Handbags
Regardless of the itsy-bitsy handbags predominating on the fall 2016 runways, oversized handbags peeping out here and there make another handbag trend vigorously commanding to load your bag and set off to a two-day vacation quite unexpectedly on Friday after the tense working day.
With those Balenciaga rainbow-colored oversized totes it would be more than funny and hilarious, while with REAL GUCCI it is all about constant eyes on you and millions of heads turned. You can also spy some massive staples at Chanel, Acne Studios, Christopher Kane or Loewe.
28. Velvety Handbags
The delicate and shimmering velvet works like a charm currently and for a long time yet in the future, no two ways about it. The latest ready-to-wear collections have had it made in the shade pushing forward velvety fashion in all its shades possible, even appearing on the fall/ winter 2016-2017 shoes.
So it has become viral for the fall 2016 handbags as well. After all, what can be more enlivening than constantly touching delicate velvet when winter chill is trying to freeze your body and soul?
Velvet makes a chapter of Stella McCartney’s fall 2016 collection thus also touching those charming totes in blackest black and night blue. Burgundy velvet handbags crop up at Dries Van Noten and Miu Miu, but what makes our heart go pitter-patter are those khaki green velvet clutches spotted at Dries Van Noten that are all decorated with feathers.
29. The Smaller, The Trendier
Itty-bitty handbags and purses happen in the fall/winter 2016 collections in such a high frequency and in so many pretty designs that we are literally on the verge to leave behind our bestie carry-all bags and hit it off with those tiny stunners.
Those lovely purses of cigarette box size at Chanel and Boss or those mini cross-body bags at Kenzo have enough space to lodge the most essential things of ours but that heart-shaped golden cross-body at Saint Laurent or those minikins at Mulberry are hardly to admit a single lipstick. All in all, we say strong Yes to the itty-bitty bag trend.
30. Freaky and Eccentric Bag Designs
Just in case you hanker for leveraging looks in a New York minute, here come those freaky and eccentric fall 2016 handbags that made us freak out many a time and oft when the fashion month was in full blast. Even if some of us find them out-and-out inappropriate to carry in real life, looking at them only is more than enough to blow away the cobwebs.
You might find the most eccentric fall 2016 handbags at Dolce & Gabbana, for sure – a mini chandelier bag and another manikin in the form of Cinderella’s after-spell carriage, a range of boxy handbags either in the form of horizontally aligned books or presenting a small fragment as if cut from a soft boudoir sofa.
We catch a freaky yellow handbag in the form of a thread spool at Chanel, a mysterious diary-book-shaped clutch at Prada and a handful of ghostly samples at Anya Hindmarch.
And you might even take the fall 2016 fashion month as an exceptional period to pay homage to your dogomania essence – grab those realistic dog-shaped fluffy handbags from Jeremy Scott and Thom Browne and pat them on and on throughout the chilly seasons.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
It may only be the winter now and the days might be getting colder, shorter and more miserable by the day, but it is the fashion styles of the spring season that keep us going, the anticipation of wearing them out and holding onto those hilariously awesome bags or those chic clutches, the sophisticated pieces and the more animated designs. We were watching the Fashion Week runway shows with quite a bit of enchantment, our eyes trained on those handbags that came in different colors, materials and sizes. It certainly was a sight to behold. They are probably the most anticipated items to become a part of our daily ensembles from New York and Paris, Milan and London, where each major fashion city brought in a very different set of awesome creativity. For now though, all we can really do is wait until the time comes to be rocking these loveliest of spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends.
Update: discover the new trend report here: Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Handbag Trends
Which styles were the ones that really set the trends for the upcoming spring and summer seasons though?
#1: Animal Buddy Bags
The most fun a woman can have without actually carrying around a pet is probably by carrying around a pet-shaped handbag this coming season. Designers have decided that animal shaped handbags are a hoot and a must-have on the runway, a rather hilarious piece that they expect many women to begin carrying about. Want to carry about a dog but do not have one? No problem! A woven Dalmatian can be seen at Kate Spade and we do not think we can go without; nor can we sit back and not enjoy those hilarious bumblebees and their intriguing hives! Thom Browne brings in the fish, though lacking in color and infinitely more wearable than the dog or bee, while we see pandas appear on Ground Zero fanny packs.
#2: Food Shaped Bags
We saw the animals, but what about the food? Honestly, it appears that cartoon characters have been the handbag design inspirations for we see everything from cherry topped strawberry frosting and sprinkled blueberry cupcake bag at Degan, to the strawberry cream and sprinkle topped cake that the ladies on stage mistake for edible sustenance at Betsey Johnson. Kate Spade has a thing for peanuts though as we see on the runway show featuring a movie sized bag.
#3: Item Shaped Handbags
There have been animals like dogs and bumblebees, and there have been food shaped bags like cupcakes and pizzas. And then there are those inanimate object shaped bags that are totally wacky sometimes, such as the Jeremy Scott old timer television set with missing antennas. Of course, flowers are a lot more doable as seen at Jeremey Scott as well, though Betsey Johnson has us wondering what is cooking with her oven shaped piece, a cherry pie left a-baking inside.
Have you seen the rose bucket bag though? Kate Spade really outdid itself with this one and made it the perfect It Girl statement accessory, something to turn heads, as it is super lovely. Want some dice? Moschino has you covered there, while Dolce & Gabbana makes sure you never leave home without a camera again, even if it is bereft of the actual technology.
#4: Human Faced Handbags
We have officially seen it all! From animals to food to even inanimate objects, we thought that there could not be another buddy style handbag, but apparently human faces are just as interesting, though slightly creepier if you ask us. Cute cartoonish faces appear on Dennis Basso clutches, and they only gain more details at Erin Fetherston with the long eyelashes and pretty little pouting lips. They all seem to be clutches in this category as well as we see yet another appear at Alice + Olivia, this time with big black sunglasses to complement those rather red lips.
#5: Fancy Fringed and Tasseled Bags
We have been seeing fringe for a while now. We have seen it throughout 2015 and it also appeared on the shoes and clothing for 2016, meaning that it was expected to be on the spring/ summer 2016 handbags as well. We see it with amusing colors though and some rather more retro meet futuristic designs, the quirky and cool twists brought about with bright colors, metallic and some rather unexpected placements.
Fringe looks gorgeous in the spring rainbow colors or the metallic versions at DVF, while it takes on a distinctively 1970s style at Tory Burch. We love the scattered fringe on suede at Christian Siriano, while it turns to futuristic clutches with metallic tassels at Badgley Mischka. Fancy flower fringes make their appearance with Monique Lhuillier, while we are full-fledged rodeo with the BCBG saddle bags.
Altuzarra makes the fringe and tassels look amazing, while it takes on a more decorative look with the chained drawstring bags at Alice + Olivia. Woven fringe looked especially good at Altuzarra though, making it a timeless classic in the ultimate shoulder bag design. Altuzarra is one of the most prominent tassel users for the spring season though, while Roberto Cavalli’s fringes are awesome!
#6: Fun Fanny Packs
A rather useful handbag design for the upcoming season really emphasizes the need for travel, as fanny packs that have been mightily revamped from the old days are spotted throughout, coming in furs and fringes, graphics or simple minimalism, the latter seen beautifully at Sandy Liang. Pandas on round packs? Ground Zero has us covered! Furry looks come into play at Georgine, while a rather hip addition of white fringe to a tan and back small pack at Baja East adds the right amount of rebellious youth.
We have the fanny packs appear on the back as well, held up by rope-like straps at Maison Margiela and looking pretty awesome, though we would have to wonder at the security of such a piece worn during travel. Kenzo has a combination of small bags actually pulled around the waist in the guise of fanny packs, together almost making up a constructor’s toolkit pouch.
#7: Structured Square Bags
One of the most common spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends seen on the runway is the structured bag, the one that is very clearly defined on all sides. Structured designs come in the guide of alligator skin rectangular pieces at Zimmermann, while we see House of Holland, Hill & Friends, Sophia Webster and Mary Katrantzou all have some rather spectacularly structured bags on display for the spring and summer seasons.
The boxier the bag, the more appealing it seems to be, especially if it is nice and small and a clutch to boot. Add some mosaics as is the case with Lela Rose and you find some astonishing attraction to the tiny thing. Sophia Webster has a whole array of interesting boxy clutches as well, with pearly closures and interesting designs often matching the headwear. Dolce & Gabbana’s boxy bags are some of our favorites though!
#8: Half Moon Bags
Who does not love the half-moon trend out there? Victoria Beckham certainly is enamoured, so much so that her spring 2016 bags imitate the design with ease and gorgeous flow. This is expected to become the coming season’s new It bag that all the girls will be clamouring for, with the spacious feel and the very 1970s appeal.
#9: Metallic Handbags
Silver is big this year. Shimmering silver with a futuristic appeal has been the main look that everything from clothing to shoes has taken on. So it makes sense that we will see them on the spring/ summer 2016 handbags as well, albeit a little more toned down. We see a whole lot of the metallic articulation at DVF, while tassels come in hard at Badgley Mischka instead. We have to wonder if you can fit anything even in a chain mail metallic tiny bag that looks about fit to only carry a single tube of lipstick. The crinkled metallic silver of the 3.1 Phillip Lim fold over bag is simply too delicious to let go of.
#10: Bags With Chain Straps
Chain straps appeared as a trend during the 2015 seasons as well, so we were hoping it would carry on with a little bit of something new. That is exactly what happened as we combine the featured favorite chains with fringe for example at DVF, or with oven shaped designs as seen at Betsey Johnson. Even the Jeremy Scott flowers have chains to hold on to.
Pretty fringes added create colorful flowers at Monique Lhuillier, while we see a whole lot of chains appearing at Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Marni, Burberry Prorsum, and Balenciaga. Louis Vuitton is more typical, while the Calvin Klein Collection features a loop handled bag in black with golden chains that leaves us coveting more.
Denim colored suede? Chloe’s got you covered there with the gorgeous golden chain straps, though J. W. Anderson gives handbag art a whole new meaning.
#11: Lots of Clutches
Another common structure to the spring 2016 handbags is the clutch, wherein there are no straps to hold onto or pull over the shoulder and you must keep your bag in hand at all times. Everything from the cupcakes to the face designed pieces come in clutch looks, while metallic comes into play at Badgley Mischka.
Clutches appear with fold over designs in fur as per Sally LaPointe, in silky material as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, or in pink snakeskin as with Lela Rose’s pearly lined designs. We even have contrast stitching on quilted clutches at Kate Spade. We have a few slip-on clutches as well, including that from Narciso Rodriguez, burnt orange at Christian Siriano, and looking incredible in metallic meets matte grey at Maiyet.
#12: Tote Bags
Structured bags aside, we see a few totes here and there as well and that certainly makes us happy because those are perfect for stuffing all our needs in while they still look chic and sophisticated. Christian Siriano adds suede and fringe to the mix, making the designs even more appealing to those still stuck on the 2015 fashion trends.
Gorgeous, rounded top hands appear at Opening Ceremony as well as tote bags come in sizes that are perfect for the average college student to carry about laptops, tablets and books. High contrast, impeccable art and the desire to sail the oceans is what we see when gazing upon the Ralph Lauren totes. Tasseled totes also appear on the Altuzarra runway, looking pretty awesome in black and white.
#13: Saddle Bags
Since it is the 1970s trends that keep going, albeit in muted fashion throughout the runways, it was expected that we would be seeing some really Western designs in the spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends as well, from the fringes to the tassels to the saddle bags. We see all of these at Altuzarra in brown or deep diver teal leather and BCBG in gorgeous tan suede. Snakeskin looks even more interesting on a Jason Wu saddle bag as well, while Philosophy takes the saddle bag to the next level using straw instead of leather. Kate Spade loves saddle bags as much as the next person, bringing in the white and the tassels all in one. Coach loves the ‘70s style amidst the prairie flowers though, matching the handbag with the prairie dress.
#14: Folded Over Bags
While most bags have zippers or the like, one of the spring 2016 handbag trends we see on the runway shows is the fold-over effect. Instead of fumbling with buckles or zippers, this might be an infinitely more convenient way to get your handbags shut. We see clutches and saddle bags in similar folds with Banana Republic, furry designs at Sally LaPointe, and simply irresistible sophistication as per 3.1 Phillip Lim. Chic and pretty in snakeskin pink you say? Lela Rose has you covered. Folded over with a zipped ending is the quilted black and white clutch at Kate Spade with the contrast stitching.
#15: Furry Mischief Bags
We love seeing the furry pieces on the runways and now we get to enjoy it as a trend that we will most definitely be investing in once they become available to the general public. This includes the Georgine fanny pack in black and teal, as well as the large fold over clutch at Sally LaPointe, while Jason Wu’s furry fringing on the tweed bags looks rather lovely to behold. Pretty and fabulously furry, Topshop Unique walks in with a rather lovely combination of colors and textures. Tiny and furry is what we see at Saint Laurent as well as the more cowhide version of Nina Ricci’s clutches.
#16: Alligator and Snakeskin Patterning Bags
While not seen as much as we had hoped, the snakeskin looks are also a part of the spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends, coming in different designs, such as in all pink as seen on the Lela Rose runway, or in the guise of a rodeo saddlebag come Jason Wu. Alligators, on the other hand, appear with top handles at Zimmerman and Zac Posen, while the Gucci bags have some bolder colors to define the lady wearing it.
Top handles and brown with white stripes can be found in alligator skin texturing on the Prada runway, something we fully love. Gorgeous snakeskin appears on lovely golden buckled folder small bags in white at Marc Jacobs, but then come rather oversized and carrying baby bags along in cowboy tan at Barbara Bui, tassels and fringes and all.
Snakeskin handles mix with statement straps at Fendi, while one of the two bags stuck together at Christopher Kane features more yellowish skin of the slithering creatures. Among all the designer brands catering to the snakeskin trend though, Miu Miu probably has the best selection out there, coming in multiple sizes, colors and with different looks to the lovely handles. We can easily say that snakeskin and alligator skin textured looks on the handbags are one of the biggest trends for the spring and summer seasons of 2016.
#17: Bags With Top Handles
The Kate Bosworth handbag style of having top handles only is sweeping the fashion industry and we are loving it. It is a huge trend, possibly the biggest in terms of SS 2016 handbags and comes in a myriad of designs, from the structured alligator skin Zimmermann and Zac Posen looks to the metallic DVF styling. Tory Burch gives those things a 3D effect, while shimmering silver is what we get to see at Christian Siriano.
Large totes anyone? Opening Ceremony has some awesome styles for your own opening ceremony. As for Kate Spade, we will not be forgetting those contrast stitched quilted handbags anytime soon. Others with the top handles include Desigual, Thom Browne, Monique Lhuillier and many others. The top handles are the most common seen handled handbags for the spring season, and it would be cumbersome to name every single designer with the trend rolling on the red carpet.
#18: Bags With Loop Straps
Loop-like straps normally appeared on clutches but we have some lovely larger pieces hanging from the rope handles for the spring and they look quite lovely: in 3D as seen at Tory Burch, as well as with fluttering feathers and hanging fringe, looking gorgeous and simple at Brooks Brothers. Even Diesel totes have some looped straps, the gorgeous aqua blue of the Creatures of Comfort drawstring designs certainly appealing to our better senses. And then, of course, there is the chained and punkish Alexander Wang.
#19: Pretty Tiny Bags
Pretty trends are everywhere and having your handbags appear in small designs seems to be a norm these days, particularly for the spring and summer 2016 seasons. This includes happy faces as per Betsey Johnson, or simpler, more interesting designs as seen on the Maiyet runway, futuristic and all. Gorgeous retro bags with chained straps appear at Erin Fetherston as well, while there are pandas on circle handbags on Ground Zero fanny packs.
Kenzo has tiny little round bags added as fanny packs around the waist with the boxier versions, though we much prefer the circular versions that appear alongside it in reds and alligator skin textures. Kenzo probably has the best variants for this trend, but we simply love the colors at Chanel and the cylinder design at Salvatore Ferragamo.
#20: Larger than Expected
The bigger the better the bags seem to be saying for this coming spring and we cannot help but fall head over heels in love with the fact that we will certainly be able to carry as much as we want in those awesome accessories. Half circles go large at Victoria Beckham, while we see huge hobo bags appear at Badgley Mischka and Alice + Olivia, pretty totes appearing with Rag & Bone and Altuzarra.
Drawstrings and top hands combine at Tommy Hilfiger, perfect for the beach, while it is rope handles and moss green suede seen at Frame Denim. Very large drawstring bags appear at Louis Vuitton and look positively marvelous. Huge bags your thing? Tommy Hilfiger’s beach bags with the strips of graphic prints really do look amazing, while Adam Selman simply loves the child drawn flower prints on the oversized white bags. Extra-large bags are a very common trend and nearly every brand out there has at least a single piece on its Fashion Week runway show in any of the major 4 cities we have looked at.
#21: Graphic Handbags
We see some very graphic colors, stripes and designs appearing on the spring 2016 bags, versus the more muted we might like to carry on a daily basis. It is all about being sassy and fashion-savvy now, bold and beautiful and quite confident in your own style. We see some black white and yellow stripes appear on looped handle bags with chain straps at Stella McCartney, graphic chain looks against pale pink at Louis Vuitton, red and green against navy at Gucci, and blue and red coloring to match the clothing found at Marc Jacobs.
We see stars grace the Lanvin pieces hanging off the shoulders and lovely oriental designs with a Middle Eastern flair coming down the runway at Bottega Veneta. Of course, what can beat a sexy brown and white top handled Prada piece with alligator skin texturing or even come close to expressing a love for perfectly aligned holes as seen on the Fendi show, along with where snakeskin is matched with interesting colors and floral appliques.
Gorgeous floral prints with high contrast come out at The Row as well, while Miu Miu enjoys adding white edges for an even more pronounced effect on the messenger bag. Black and white graphics never looked so good as they do at Giambattista Valli though! Vivid colors and abstract art make for some awesome Ralph Lauren totes though!
#22: Bags Carrying Bags
As if a single bag was not enough, some of the latest designs included in the spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends actually include double the trouble and a lot more space and compartments to organize your cards laptops and other needs. Baby bags are no longer being carried on their own, instead being added to oversize designs and thus solving the great dilemma of which bag to take out today.
Matching bags and clothing is another trend that we see with the bags carrying bags trend at Barbara Bui, the snakeskin looking really good with the tassels and fringe. Celine has gorgeous white ones to add, matching with ivory dresses and golden accessories on the wrists, something it also does with contrast stitched black designs.
A whole lot of textured looks combine to pull together the Dolce & Gabbana look as well, what with the tassels, embroidery, and golden chains all around. The bags are certainly carrying some sexy bags. What if we saw two similar sized bags stuck together though? That is what Christopher Kane has given us. Dolce & Gabbana, on the other hand has multiple smaller with larger combinations in different colors, textures and designs.
#23: Matching Bags to Clothing
This is probably the most interesting style of all seen throughout the Fashion Week runway shows from London to Paris, New York to Milan. Barbara Bui matches brown snakeskin bags carrying bags with a matching dress, added fringes and all. Dolce & Gabbana loves the red and white stripes so much that the midi dress is matches with the messenger bag, folded over and top handle and all.
Stella McCartney matches stripes with gingham in the same ocean green and white colors, while Diane von Furstenberg brings in tweed and fringe in lovely spring coloring. If you want to go more on the plain side though, Lacoste has you covered with a deep blue combination.
Tory Burch matches hand woven blue and white Greek colors in a lovely top handled bag and fringed skirts. Jasper Conran makes totes match beautifully with the ensembles, the prints and the colors doing wonders together. Versace’s army colors are simply to die for as well.
#24: A Whole Lot of White Bags
We shall call it bags en blanc because of the stark whiteness seen to the spring 2016 handbags as they appear on the runway. White has been huge for 2016 and the bags are only one part of the ensemble that come in the stark hue. Miu Miu loves the medium sized version with the folder effect and top handle, while Louis Vuitton carries a rather unconventional drawstring bag that is quite oversized.
Marc Jacobs goes for the small and sophisticated in snakeskin, Marni for the pretty two-tone tote in leather and Altuzarra brings on some oversized tassels on the straps that finish in chain. Ralph Lauren has gorgeous structured bags with a keyhole addition to bring some fun to the stark white piece, while Nina Ricci gives fold-overs a very good name, Tod’s adding some black detailing and a gorgeous bow on the handle for a chicer effect.
Celine, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, and Dior have those white lovelies in common with certainty. And if you like a whole lot of fringe, Balenciaga has you covered as you sneak out of the house in a sexy nightgown and lacy slippers.
#25: Going Clear
We saw the clear looks in shoes and hats and we certainly see the transparent plastic appearing in the spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends section. Loewe loves the top handle with shoulder strap, but we fear that this is a trampling of privacy really as the world can see your wallet, your phone, your personal hygiene pieces, cosmetics, papers and all. Christopher Kane, on the other hand, brings in a slightly more translucent look with a smaller bag with snakeskin detailing on the straps. Even Tory Burch has an interesting clear looking handbag that is a bit on the large side and looks to be almost like a tent.
#26: Top Handles and Shoulder Straps Combined
Sometimes a single handle is not enough and shoulder straps must be added to make a handbag as versatile as possible. In the case of transparent bags with similar additions, Loewe certainly comes in first with a piece that allows the world to see exactly what you keep inside. Fendi combined oversized messenger bags with statement handles and snakeskin in flowers looks, while Marques’ Almeida makes multiple bags in saddle format look really good. Chloe uses shoulder straps in combination with metallic handles for the tiny bags that can carry only the most necessary belongings.
#27: Statement Bag Handles
While most of the bag handles are your typical styles, some in chains and others just plain looking, we also have the gorgeous pieces where creativity hit the part you hold up as well. These we can more or less expect to be dominating the street styles come February but for now we can sit back and enjoy the shows where they appear on. Bold embellishments, customized straps and intriguing handles all account for a lovely new trend, as we see snakeskin combine with flower appliques at Fendi, chain and leather twist together in a futuristic fashion on the Miu Miu show, and ribbons fly all around with Christopher Kane.
#28: Statement Backpacks
One of our favorite looks in terms of the newer spring 2016 handbags is the sharply pleated drawstring backpack as seen on the Louis Vuitton runway, splashes with the brand’s traditional monogram logo. Even the Michael Kors Collection features a snakeskin alternative that can be held in hand as a clutch almost, that is how innovative the design is.
Tommy Hilfiger has some similar looks with top handles added for ease of carrying your gear across the beach, made to match the sweaters and swimwear that are walked down the runway. Alexander Wang has his own version of this, with zippers and studs and rather dark gothic designs, the chains on the black leather prominent in silver. Burberry Prorsum actually has full out stylish backpacks, the top handle and shoulder straps on both sides, something we can certainly use for our college days. Statement backpacks also appeared on the Emporio Armani and Hunter Original runways.
#29: Straw Handbags
It may be a strange appeal but we do see some crocheted and straw handbags appearing on the runways, including one with Ralph emblazoned on it from the Ralph Lauren show. Philosophy has a lovely woven straw cross-body bag that appears more to be a statement than something we can rely on to carry our belongings. Dolce & Gabbana has adorable little woven pieces with lots of pompoms added on top for a colorful family design.
#30: Two-Tone Handbags
Monochromatic silks and leathers with nice texture might be fun and dandy, but we are in love with the two-tone pieces that simply cannot be glossed over, that is how alluring they are. For example, an aquamarine and buttercup yellow mix as we see at Delpozo is spectacular, while Altuzarra sports some black and white tote bags with pretty tassels in leather.
Fendi, Gucci and many others follow through with two or three-toned pieces, getting creative with the appliques at the former and the designs on the latter. Prada brings in the white and green over the alligator skin, along with the red alligator over white snakeskin seen on the runway.
#31: Bags of Tweed
Remember when you thought tweed was a clothing thing only and that Chanel was the master of the tweed designs? Well, Chanel is definitely master in tweed suits but that does not mean that designers can’t bring the material to handbags as well, something that has been done in spring colors by Diane von Furstenberg, particularly with matching dresses to the fringed tweed handbag seen on the runway. Emilio Pucci adds some tweed to the fringes and gives us the bags we’ve been dying for.
#32: Suede Bags
With the 1970s still being channeled, it is only normal to see a whole lot of suede appearing on the runways as well when it comes to the spring/ summer 2016 handbag trends, looking soft to the touch and chic to the fashionable eye. From the Burberry Prorsum forest greens to the tan leather and suede combinations at Chloe, we have it all looking pretty amazing. Balmain’s suedes are lovely in black, blown and teal, while the darker tasseled pieces at Isabel Marant add a touch of sophistication in retro style that is all the rage for 2016.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
With the fall/winter Fashion Weeks come to an end, we finally have time to sift through all the different trends that have appeared on that runway. We loved seeing all our favorite designers come back once again, while we applaud the newer artists with a penchant for the fashion world and the business aspect of it all. It is always good to see new talent enter an old arena, bringing with him or her fresh ideas and a whole different manner of viewing the world. As a woman’s most trusted accessory, we are beyond excited about seeing some of these incredible pieces begin to appear in stores or available online. How can one not fall in love with these awesome fall/ winter 2015-2016 handbag trends?
We watched the Fashion Week take place in New York, then in London, followed by Milan and ended up in Paris. We saw many newer faces in New York, while Paris was quintessentially Parisian, from the designers portraying their latest collections to the chic street styles. We fell in love with the clothes and the colors, the shoes and the accessories, the last of which included some incredibly gorgeous and positively wacky designed handbags. Sometimes we even forgot about the clothing shown off on those catwalks and focused solely on those pieces the models clutched in their hands or had thrown over their shoulders. We smiled and stared and coveted time and again. We are quite glad we now have the chance to get our hands on some of the coolest fall/ winter 2015-2016 handbags.
#1: Furry Bags
While we may not be able to wear those furry gorgeous garments until the temperatures begin to drop again, a Proenza Schouler bag can certainly be carried about at any time. We cannot help but bet the flap of the Jason Wu messenger bags, as it appears to be a pretty wolf cuddling up against you when you hold onto these pieces. Usually the fur is literally all over the bags themselves, some of them infinitely fluffier than the others, though it has been the texture that is important over the volume of the pieces.
There are wispy poufs and shaggy prints, long hairy layers and full out shaggy dogs in our arms for the cooler seasons, though we’ll be happy enough to carry them about this spring and summer as well if they are available in stores. A bright blue puffball is all we see when we look at some of the bags presented on the Matthew Williamson show, held up by a chain, though the Misha Nonoo messenger bags in full fur are probably a better choice unless you plan on being whimsical.
Marc Jacobs has it looking like flattened dogs are being carried under models’ arms, while the furry straps of the Salvatore Ferragamo pieces wrap around the arms for added safety. Fendi’s bright orange furry messenger bag makes the line-up, while we also see chic shoulder strapped Topshop looks grace the runway.
One of our favorite fur handbags for fall 2015 is actually the leopard print Louis Vuitton oversized bags with the thin shoulder strap and the thick handle, the sexiness combined with the glamorous chic. It is certainly one look we find it altogether too hard to resist.
Of course, there are many more designers who took the furry route, such as Elie Saab with his hairy blue designs that seemed to be a perfect match with his jumpsuits, Balmain’s tiny little clutches, Rimone Rocha’s rounded grip handled hairy loves, Marni’s pretty pieces, and Rochas’ double handles with the grip and shoulder strap.
#2: Easy to Grip
It is a major It bag for the fall and winter seasons it seems, as the very easy to grip handbags have made it onto the runway in loads. We loved the top handled trunk seen on the Louis Vuitton show, those ladies walking out with these pieces like they were carrying about their makeup cases; the front flab bags on Giambattista Valli looked quite pretty and easy to access as well, while having a handle to grip along with the strap to go on the shoulder; Miu Miu threw in thick handled handbags with snakeskin and leopard print detailing, which actually looked really great with the brown houndstooth patterning of the clothing.
The Alexander McQueen alligator skin pieces with the gorgeous contrasting colors and a whole lot of pink had us salivating in a rather unfeminine manner, a look that was also prominent on the Dolce & Gabbana show, the Prada models bearing more alligator colored grip style handbags on the catwalk and the skin appearing in the hands of the Michael Kors ladies as well; the snakeskin, however, seems to have been inspiration for the softer designs of Marc Jacobs, while the softer looks are found on the Valentino and Christian Dior runway shows. We are certainly not complaining, especially if the grip bags also have straps that make them versatile enough to wear as we wish to do so.
Fendi’s structured bags were also quite easy to grip, the extra straps nowhere in sight. Between the Moschino boom boxes and the pretty little structured Prada designs, we understood well that we need those thicker grip handles, for they look so much better than any of the other straps… though the chains sure come close. We see the grip handles on Proenza Schouler furry bags, as well as Simone Rocha’s rounded hairy designs. There are even bags with matching clothing pieces that we have a grip on, from Tommy Hilfiger to Alexander Wang.
#3: Going Hands Free: Cross-Body Bags and Belt Bags
Not all the bags showcased on the runway shows were ones to grip. Some, more often than not actually, were all hands-free, from the striped animal prints matched with leather on the Celine women to the slouchy Chanel purses that look kind of like totes themselves, made with suede and black leather, the whole idea of buttons and pockets etched into their very creation. Huge chain links mark the Calvin Klein satchel that shines as the light hits the bag’s surface, while the crocodile skin of the Proenza Schouler looks are quite captivating themselves.
We see many of the pieces held in hand or under arms, even though they have handles to slip the arms through, leaving the hands free to do what they wish, including the larger Dries Van Noten pieces, the plump and friendly tote by The Row, Lanvin’s black leather simplicity, or the crazy woman with a paper bag look on Maison Martin Margiela.
No matter who sported these hands free designs, we know that we get to thank them for allowing us to keep using some of our favorites from years before, though we might want to upgrade to something a tad larger than what we have at the moment. The tote bags are also found on the Anya Hindmarch fall 2015 collection, with tags shown off and cute little printed figures appearing on its body.
#4: Reptile Skin Handbags
It wasn’t just within the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print trends or even the shoes that we get to mention the use of animal skins, from snakes to alligators and crocodiles, the colors varying greatly but often close enough to more natural hues. We are talking Proenza Schouler’s rather large satchel in its black and white version, looking quite perfect for the travelling woman, as well as the reptile texture of the Lanvin bags with the slip through straps for added support, the pieces folded so to save space.
Miu Miu has large bags with funky chained handles and snakeskin sidings, while Marni’s little bags caught our eyes plenty. We see these skins on Bottega Veneta, Elie Saab, Nina Ricci, Prada, Christopher Kane, Giambattista Valli, and Hermes, among many others.
#5: Squared Boxy Handbags
It appears that this season it is totally hip to be square, at least when it comes to awesome handbags. We are still smiling with love for the Louis Vuitton versions of a makeup suitcase turned handbag. While every season a specific silhouette takes center stage, it appears that this particular look was vying for top spot. While some of the boxy bags were actually harder cases, others were soft, featuring four distinct points on each corner. There is much structure to these pieces and we know that they will last us much longer in the long run, especially the hard cases, though they probably will not be in style come next season.
Lanvin’s grip and satchel bags fall into the softer category, while the snakeskin sophistication of Christian Siriano adds the perfect amount of dimension to the look. We have the Marc by Marc Jacobs pieces, which will be folding into the main line soon enough if the rumours are to be believed, and the cute little Olympia Le Tan fairy tale style pieces that seem to be from out of this world.
The gorgeous alligator skin pink traveller’s bags by Alexander McQueen bring a bright smile to our faces, while the textured Roland Mouret clutches are perfectly classic in design. The square pieces come in smaller sizes as well, as attested to by the Anya Hindmarch label. We also see lovely beige looks by Karen Walker and the bright colors of the memory box from Dolce & Gabbana.
#6: There Be Fringed Handbags!
Fringes are a common part of the whole 1970s feel that we’ve been immersed in since the spring and summer season runway shows, so we knew for a fact that we would be seeing everything from dresses and skirts to shoes and handbags sporting the typical decade’s signature styles, including the tassels and the fringes. When looking through the Altuzarra collection, we found saddle backs with fringes hanging out on the shoulders of the models, braided rope straps and all.
We have the camel suede Chloe saddle bags that we enjoyed seeing once again, reminiscent of our childhoods with the touch of fringe and all, while Moschino drives us wild with its boom box handbag design that is huge, graphic and full of graffiti wording. It even has a mock antenna to lend it more credibility. Ralph Lauren’s and Emilio Pucci’s thick chained handbags fall quite low when you consider those fringes framing the body of the tote design.
Laced up Rebecca Minkoff bags get the full fringe treatment and look really good in those green colors, while tasselled looks line up the Tory Burch collection, while we feel in love with those suede colors on the Burberry Prorsum bucket bags. Herve Leger has some intriguing classy chic fringed clutch looks, though we must say that Ralph Lauren’s fun fringes are simply to die for.
Of course, if you want to go multi-colored and quite unique, opt for the red, blue, yellow, white and black combination pieces found on the MSGM catwalk. Then again, you can always go fully Western and scream out a YEE HAA as you add a long fringed messenger bag to any outfit and ride across the plains. We see fringes all over, including on Sass & Bide handbags.
#7: Classic in the Trimmings and Retro Bags
Classic bags are all over the place, taking into account some of the retro pieces while also including the shapes and styles that have always been around, one way or another. This includes the leather and chain entwined straps on the Chanel bags, as well as the Gucci versions with the double-chained straps and the classic prints across the front of the body, appearing like an accordion from the side. The Roland Mouret clutches are classic looks in black with textured leather bodies, offering a touch of elegance to any look. Wealso love the classic handbags by Dolce & Gabbana and the retro styles offered by Michael Kors.
#8: Glittery Handbags
We love seeing glitter all over the place, twinkling in the sunlight, different colors making up a rainbow or kaleidoscope, depending on the patterning. We loved seeing the sparkles and gold glitter on the garments and we most especially appreciated seeing them on the handbags that were walked down the runway. During the recent fashion shows, it was the tiny clutches and bags of Lanvin that caught our attention, while we love the gilded Chanel clutches and the bejewelled Dolce & Gabbana bags.
#9: Handbags with Added Prints and Graphics
While many of the handbags seen on the Fashion Week runway shows were all about the colors and the materials or types of patterning skin used, others really just brought the focus on funky prints and graphics that speak a thousand words or nothing at all, depending on who is looking. The woman’s portrait peeking through velvet and crocodile skin in neon orange certainly caught our attention as the Diane von Furstenberg ladies took to the stage with their awesome apparel, this particular one paired with an electric blue outfit.
Graphic prints can also include very simple designs, as is the case with the tote bags found on the Anya Hindmarch fall 2015 collection. Graphics come in the form of fairy tales and childhood dreams where Olympia Le Tan’s small lunchbox-like handbags are concerned, while we’ve gone pretty funky with the Moschino boom box style handbags complete with graffiti and a grip handle.
#10: Funky Geometric Shapes of Bags
We know that while the year has been full of olden trends and styles in every fashion category, particularly delving into the decade of the 1970s, we also saw quite a few more futuristic looks that appeared to be resonating with the human need to constantly move forward. While it’s nice to use scrap and remodel into modern pieces, it is also just as important, if not more, to envision the decades ahead of you, creating pieces that would later become the basics that are used in future collections when referring to past decades. That might be why we fell in love with the bright red colored bags from J.W. Anderson that had funky geometric shapes and an altogether futuristic feel to them. Those funky shapes come into play with the 3D look of the color-blocked Mary Katrantzou pieces, the inverted gold bar of the tiny Anya Hindmarch chain strapped pieces, and the Hermes clutch.
#11: Adding Chains
Chains are a bit more classic in terms of straps that are used to keep the handbags hanging off the shoulders, the metal looking really good against the skin. There is a touch of sophistication in there, as the accessory offers the same feeling of vogue that golden or silver jewellery would. The Balenciaga bag with its boxy look and silver chain, in a gorgeous lighter blue hue that reminds us of mermaids and oceans is one of the best chain strapped handbags for fall/ winter 2015-2016.
Chanel has always loved using chain links with leather entwined to give it an even more durable setup while essentially adding to its basic aesthetics. Dior’s stripy printed bags with the contrasting colors and the messenger flaps also offer us a glimpse of the gorgeous way silver chains can look on a single piece, while the double strapping of it makes for an interesting look overall. We cannot help but fall in love with some of the classier looks that are seen by designers such as the Gucci brand, the double silver chained links in hand as the models saunter down the runway with poise and grace befitting the fashion house’s ideals.
Chains were added to pieces of all sizes, small and large, including the Anya Hindmarch teeny tiny versions of what appear to be handbags themselves but are a little too small for our tastes. The chains can be added to the straps in part as well, as we see on the slip though designed satchel handbags with the extra shoulder straps to help keep them in place. Chains are added to furry and fluffy handbags as well, such as those by Matthew Williamson and Misha Nonoo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Topshop, the latter having a rather intriguing combination of chain designs to really add a touch of chic to the mix.
If we are going to talk funky, then the sexy outfits of Elie Saab paired with the thin chained furry blue little handbags are the best pieces that come right to mind. Dazzling Alberta Ferretti bags also make the line-up, breezing through with their gilded copper definitions and pretty chains for shoulder straps.
Not all the chains are delicate either, as we find quite a few chunkier looks that are made of plastic or Lucite and add a cool edge to a more standard carryall. Coming in bold colors and prints, these definitely leave a loud statement wherever seen, even more than the bags themselves. There are the gorgeous interwoven chains on the Miu Miu runway with the snakeskin sidings and intriguing bodies, the almost scary Calvin Klein saddle bags and the awesome fringed alternatives offered by Ralph Lauren. Hands slip through chains on a Calvin Klein bag that might have otherwise been a clutch, all black and gothic to match the brand’s signature style.
#12: Tiled Bags
We have always loved the pretty little tiles in our bathrooms that are used to create some pretty sweet designs with different colors and ideas springing up all over. The best part of these has always been the fact that the cloned square shapes are in the exact same sizes all over the walls, offering a respite for our eyes that yearns for symmetry. Chanel played up on this appeal this year and offered us some pretty colorful square tiled versions of its classic chain linked purses with the logo emblazoned in front. Some cool tiled bags for fall 2015 are also offered by Valentino and Louis Vuitton.
#13: Brightly Colored Handbags
There are color-blocked bags and then there are those like the Dolce & Gabbana pieces wherein bursts of color are found in different designs. We cannot help but be drawn to such pieces as the contrasting primaries combine with the accentuating secondary hues to inspire such beautiful dreams within us all. Color blocks are seen on the Valentino bags as well, with the slip through bands helping keep the clutch style in place. Bright oranges seem to really have a place on the runway, which means that we might just grab a furry Fendi messenger bag in that color.
#14: Messenger Bags
We saw messenger bags as one of the bigger trends on the spring and summer 2015-2016 collection Fashion Week runway shows as well, meaning that now that they appear on the fall/winter seasons, they are officially a 2015 trend overall. From the gorgeous orange textured looks on the Dior catwalk to the furry flapped Jason Wu bags that may be small in size but are big in spirit, we have seen a plethora of stylish messenger bags on the runways lately. Date nights would look so much better with a color blocked Valentino messenger bag on the arm.
We kind of like the furry messenger bags seen on the Misha Nonoo show actually, along with the extraordinary Chanel designs. Or you can ride into the sunset on a black steed with your long fringed Emilio Pucci bag thrown cross-body, enjoying the briskness of the air whipping against skin, your belongings safe in a stylish piece. Fringed messenger bags are very much in anyhow, as we see them on Sass & Bide as well.
#15: Saddle Bags
Saddle bags are a common enough sight from the 1970s, just like the suede and the fringed options. When it comes to the Chloe look, we see the very typical saddlebag, smaller in size, worn as a cross-body or over the shoulder. There are the large and thick chained cross-body Calvin Klein pieces with the tan leather bodies to find as well, though they might not be as popular as some of the other trending looks. Altuzarra and Michael Kors also have stylish saddle bags for fall 2015.
#16: Envelope and Folded Bags
Making their way to the fall and winter as well are those envelope and folded bags that were quite big on the spring and summer runway shows presented last September. They are slightly bigger in size, and make for the perfect everyday handbag alternatives, especially the Victoria Beckham slip through ring styles, being also perfect for a night out on the town, partying it up or attending a classy gathering. The 3.1 Philip Lim label also offers envelope handbags that seem perfect to carry about to work, while the reptile skinned Lanvin slip through handled bags offer a folded design.
#17: Over the Shoulder Bags
While some of the fall 2015 trendy bags carried are grip or even clutches, a majority of those have straps in leather or metal links that can be thrown over the shoulders to carry the pieces hands free. Of course, that is also more than possible with the tote bags that are carried on the forearms, but we still see shoulder straps, even if we are looking at a grip styled purse. Examples of this are found on the Coach runway along with Dior, where we see messenger bags in bright colors and the double handle options, the logo found somewhere on the front flap.
Even truly classic looks like some of the Gucci pieces are great with the chained straps over the shoulders, carried either in hand or keeping those parts free of distractions. Some of the bags with the slip through straps also have shoulder ones to help one out, just like the dual version of the grip with shoulders. The slip through versions that fall into this category include the darker blue suede Tod’s satchel as well, while tinier furrier bags such as the Salvatore Ferragamo designs have straps that are soft enough to wind around the arms as well.
#18: Bags with Words
While most of the handbags brought onto the runway stages have been more focused on color and texture, some designers have opted to focus on prints and sometimes even wording that differentiates a piece from all the rest around it. For example, the word Lucky is handwritten on a Coach bag in black letters, against a white background. Seeing the word alone brightens up our day. If you want some really crazy styles, opt for the huge Moschino bags with the graffiti writings all over the suitcase design or take the Vivienne Westwood route and really feel the effects of adding an exclamation mark to Get a Life! The little heart placed after this phrase does help diffuse things just a bit, but we have to say it is one of the most interesting batch of words placed on a bag this year yet.
#19: Structured Bags
While not quite boxy shapes, some of the bags held by the models sashaying down the runways were quite structured in look, down to the stitching and overall designs. This was certainly the case with Fendi’s fall 2015 collection, where square patches made up the color blocked look of the piece, complete with fantastical fur and floral additions. Structured pieces also include smaller bags such as the fur flapped Jason Wu bags found on the runway. We have Prada with its fun colors and fun zip ends, though we love just about all of these, from the Rebecca Minkoff shoulder strapped pieces to the Hermes octagonal clutches.
#20: Keeping the Clutches
Another huge trend from the spring and summer 2015 runway shows, the clutch handbags have continued to appear on the catwalk in the hands of gorgeous women wearing incredible pieces. We see them everywhere as well from the textured leather designs of Ferragamo to the more classic designs of the Roland Mouret versions, boxy pieces with a strong appeal. Furry Marc Jacobs clutches have us thinking of lapdogs under our arms, while Balmain offers us fur covered clutches in bright red coloring. Those wolf fur hued Marni clutches are quite the hoot as well, perfect for any woman who likes to combine fur with clutch designs. We certainly cannot keep our eyes off the Mary Katrantzou clutches, nor those Herve Leger pieces that are so chic.
Trend #21: Teeny Tiny Handbags
While many of the bags we saw on the runway shows, from the Moschino boom boxes to those lovely totes, were huge in size, we also found many tiny little bags that made it onto our list because of their cute designs and funky attitudes. One of such pieces was found on the Anya Hindmarch catwalk, appearing to be an inverted gold bar in a boxy little case. We have no idea what on earth would fit inside but definitely nothing bigger than a cell phone, if that. Soft bodied tiny handbags are found on the Salvatore Ferragamo runway show as well. Balmain’s tiny little clutches also fall into this category, since they are better fit to be a wristlet, while some tiny bags get huge accessories it appears when we look at the tasselled Rebecca Minkoff numbers.
#22: Bags With Slip Through Straps
While we see many clutches without any straps whatsoever, we were also pleasantly surprised to come face to face with the more handy designs of the slip through straps that allow for a better grip on the purses we carry out on the streets. Designers seem to have definitely taken note of the need for some type of handle on the bags, giving rise to a whole array of choice to pick our favorites from, whether it’s the interesting notebook cover style knit bags with the gold bling by Thakoon, the blue suede satchel bags by Tod’s, while the gorgeous bling lined slip through ring of those Victoria Beckham bags are simply out of this world.
Even Valentino offers a side strap to slip through other than its grip handle on top, though Vivienne Westwood is not so nice when she screams out for all to just get a life. There is the perfect professional style 3.1 Philip Lam designs as well, along with the color-blocked Valentino messenger bags.
#23: Suede Bags
Suede handbags are all over the place! The fabric may not appear as much on the clothing worn by the models, though it still appears quite a bit, but those handbags are more often than not utilizing suede to some extent on their bodies. This includes the satchels in blue by Tod’s. Envelope handbags also appear in suede, such as on the 3.1 Philip Lam runway, while we are salivating over the perfection of those fringed Burberry Prorsum bucket bags. Of course, how can we not mention the gorgeous Ralph Lauren pieces with the large marble style link chain straps and the heavy fringed embellishments?
#24: Matching Perfectly
We know not to match our handbags to our shoes anymore, though some of us still prefer to keep to that tradition. However, it appears that we are in for a new upgrade on the trend, going matchy-matchy with our clothing and bags now. We are not talking about matching a red dress with a red clutch either or silver sequins with a shiny grey; we are talking exact matching colors, textures and designs between the dress we wear and the bags we hold in our hands. Alexander Wang gave us the rivets and quilting look that we so admire, while Tommy Hilfiger knows just how to match that plaid.
Valentino matched up in flower petals or fish scales, while Chanel had 3D flowers gracing bags and dress. The Victoria Beckham soft wool cashmere pieces had us thinking this fall season would definitely be a warm one, while Vionnet’s black and white dotted furry combinations were quite pleasing to look at. Carven’s bright floral designs had us thinking spring much more than the fall season, while the H&M ladies carried around huge duffle bags that looked to be half their size. Versace signature stitching had all eyes turning that way, while Chanel’s tiled patterning was simply mesmerising.
#25: Bucket Bags
Bucket bag has been the It bag style of the entire 2015 year and it makes its way into the cold months as well. Available in different sizes, forms and featuring various colors and materials, bucket bags for fall 2015 come to meet the style demands of even the most capricious fashioniser! We have the structured black bucket bags from Salvatore Ferragamo, the modern designs by Balenciaga, the cross-body tiny options from Anya Hindmarch and the ‘70s inspired bucket bags from Lanvin. The futuristic looks by Kenzo and the funny cartoonish designs by Moschino are also quite lovely!
#26: Carrying Multiple Bags At a Time
It was back in the spring and summer 2015 seasons when we first witnessed this quite a weird, yet totally lovely handbag trend, when Fendi and Anya Hindmarch showed us ways of carrying multiple bags in different styles and sizes at a time. Now, the trend is exercised by our favorite Dolce & Gabbana, where we see fun bags with portrays of the traditional DG family carried together, as well as those more glamorous options embellished with rhinestones and gems. In case of J.W. Anderson three different sizes of circular handbags come attached to a single strap, looking quite funky and futuristic.
#27: Backpacks and Travel Chic Handbags
The modern fashioniser is a globetrotter, who tries to look chic when travelling wherever she goes. A lot depends on finding the most comfortable and stylish suitcase, as well as a backpack to carry when exploring the city she visits. Our favorite fashion designers have included stylish travel chic handbags and backpacks in their fall collections to ensure your jaw-dropping looks come the cold months. We love the color-blocked suitcase of Vionnet, the Moschino one with cartoon characters imprinted all over and the retro-style options from Michael Kors. When it comes to stylish backpacks for fall 2015, look to the collections of Anya Hindmarch and Philipp Plein.
#28: Quirky Bag Designs
Trying to stand out in the crowd and making heads turn as you pass by is still something much appreciated in the fashion world, especially when you know how to do this without looking like a clown. Small details matter a lot here, so instead of wearing something unconventional from head to toe, you can pick an interesting pair of shoes or a fun bag to take your outfits to a whole new level. There are gorgeous fall 2015 handbags that will instantly land you in the spotlight, like Chanel’s makeup inspired bag, the plates resembling one, Olympia Le Tan’s book resembling clutch or Moschino’s absolutely sick designs, including the Teddy Bear look and the spray paint bottle.
These were the coolest and the most important fall/ winter 2015-2016 handbag trends you need to take into account to build a fashionable wardrobe and style your outfits with personality-stating details. Don’t forget to pick the ideal bag for you depending on your body shape, personal style and the outfits you are going to wear that with!
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Handbags are a woman’s most loyal friends, since they know how to keep all the “secrets” and belongings of their owner. You always want to carry your things fashionably, therefore checking out what’s hot in the new season and investing in stylish designer bags is something natural for real It girls. The spring/ summer 2015 handbag trends don’t bring too shocking and innovative textures, shapes or colors, but rather show a new and interesting approach of redesigning what’s already considered must-have and trendy, pleasing all the fashionable people that don’t feel ready to radically change their wardrobes every once in a while in order to please the imagination of world-renowned designers. In line with those classic shoulder bags, crossover styles and rucksacks, the 2015 bag trends bring back the 1970s shapes, the iconic bucket bag reinvented and designs decorated with floral patterns, as well as utterly unique and extravagant forms you could hardly ever see even in your dreams! So browse through the best and the trendiest handbags for spring/ summer 2015 and make sure you get some of these pieces to ensure your jaw-dropping appearance in the new season!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #1: Cross-body Bags
What we all especially adore about crossover bags is the freedom of movement and comfort, so no wonder almost each season bag trends feature this style for the devoted fans of the cross-body bags. While many fashion brands brought stylish cross-body bags in the traditional designs and styles, there were lots of designers that dared to experiment with innovations as a result representing new ways of carrying cross-body bags. Among them especially noteworthy were the tiny bags of Rag & Bone worn flat on the chest, as well as those with shorter straps worn on the back and the slightly oversized and “slouchy” styles. On the other hand, Givenchy and Mickael Kors brought back ‘70s inspirations, while Burberry and Anya Hindmarch showed classic and roomy bags worn in the crossover style. The tiny reptile skin chain bag of Marc Jacobs is one piece you’ll love to carry when styling special occasion looks, for instance.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #2: Classic and Ladylike Retro Bags
Trends come and go, yet the classic and ladylike shapes of handbags always stay. We especially love those retro touches many designs carry, as spotted at Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi. Still, if modern is your style, you can find classic ladylike bags in the new season collections of Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada, Valentino, Giorgio Armani and others. Whether you are into the attaché bags, briefcase styles, bowler bags or framed designs, the new season has some really bedazzling classic handbags to offer you.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #3: Bucket Bags
Last season’s trendiest bucket bags maintain their strong positions in the array of spring/ summer 2015 handbag trends, however, they mostly come redesigned and refreshed, which makes them even more wanted. It’s mainly a creative play of textures, materials, silhouettes and small details that change so much in the overall looks. Some uber-cool options of trendy bucket bags were suggested by 3.1 Philip Lim, in case of which we witnessed some creative holes in the bags, Kenzo, where an extraordinary colorful rubber material was used, Victoria Beckham, where a more rounded classic form with reptile accents did charm. Colorful and printed were the bucket bags of Marni and Moschino, while Alberta Ferretti, Loewe, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and many others gave preference to elegance and classic forms.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #4: Geometric Box Bags
In line with the relaxed forms of bucket bags, the 2015 bag trends also bring powerful and strict geometric box bags, which instantly ooze out a high portion of elegance. Rectangular and square shapes triumph in the new season thanks to the statement-making box bags of Dolce & Gabbana embellished with lots of patterns and colors, Lanvin with uber-classy snakeskin accents, and Victoria Beckham, in case of which elegant reptile skin motifs meet sporty long straps. At the show of Dolce & Gabbana we also saw doll boxes, while Chanel showed tiny box bags with equation prints, as well as outworldly videocassette bags.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #5: Fringed Bags
We have already learnt that the boho-chic style is one of the hottest spring/ summer 2015 fashion trends, hence we have bags carrying boho style motifs too. Tassels and fringe have been lavishly applied on the bags to capture the iconic hippie and bohemian mood. Boldly fringed handbags were seen at Emilio Pucci, where the ‘70s style was the queen, Etro, which again played with ethnic vibes, and Rebecca Minkoff, in case of which the season’s hot rounded shape of bag was used. Fringe was also the say of Salvatore Ferragamo, while Anya Hindmarch used oversized tassels to decorate her imaginative and colorful bags.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #6: Fur Bags
Fur is definitely not the best material for summer, however, it can be a great decorative element for creating statement-making handbags. Although fur bags may seem a bit queer in the hot months of summer, some designers still urge opting for them. Fluffy and luxurious fur handbags were seen at the summer shows of Roberto Cavalli, Dries Van Noten and Fendi, each of which brought completely different styles and forms of bags and different proportions of using fur.
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Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #7: Multiple Bags at a Time
It seems like carrying only one bag is already considered “old-fashioned” and too common. The biggest fans of handbags now can show off two or even three of their favorite bags at a time, since carrying multiple bags is something quite normal for spring. Apparently many designers were inspired from Rihanna, who was recently spotted carrying two Dior bags at a time. The trend of carrying multiple bags was spotted at Fendi and Anya Hindmarch. You may now need to learn how to mix and match various bags to create harmonious looks!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #8: Itsy-Bitsy Tiny Bags
Uber-sweet miniature forms of bags have been paid lots of importance to in the new season and we really love this, since these are bags meant to “accessorize” a look rather than to carry things. We all have so many days, when we need to carry just our credit cards and the mobile phone and carrying a big bag is something you’d hardly like to do. Tiny handbags come in a variety of forms and styles in the new season, meant for special glamorous occasions, as well as casual strolls in the city. We just adore those tiny ball bags from BCBG Max Azria, the brightly colored and rounded designs of Topshop Unique, the boho-chic designs of Chloe, the embellished and extravagant tiny bags of Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi, the geometric bags of Ermanno Scervino, the portfolio bag of Michael Kors and the geometric designs of Marc Jacobs and Karen Walker. Giorgio Armani, Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Celine and Giambattista Valli are among so many designers, who have made tiny bags a huge mainstream for the new season!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #9: Travel Chic Suitcases
In the modern world a real IT girl is a globetrotter and she definitely needs stylish suitcases to travel fashionably. Many designers also encourage travelling and for this they come up with unique suitcase designs that you might want to acquire. Such were the retro suitcase of Nicole Miller, the patched suitcase of Chanel and the Barbie inspired one from Moschino. On the other hand Dolce & Gabbana suggests carrying a glam doll box instead of a suitcase if you want to stand out in the crowd!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #10: Printed Bags
Prints, especially florals are in the bag in the new season and this turns some designs into real dream pieces. If florals aren’t printed, then they are patched or embroidered and in all the cases they look so garden-y and romantic. Floral printed handbags were the focal points of the shows of Valentino, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and many others. However, florals aren’t the only prints embellishing spring 2015 handbags, but we have seen many other patterns as well, such as watercolor prints (Chanel), giraffe patterns (Stella Jean), gingham (Diane von Furstenberg), dots, stripes, checkered motifs and so on.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #11: Shoulder Bags
Although carrying bags in hand to feel the “pulse” is still uber-hot, the spring/ summer 2015 handbag trends also bring those timeless shoulder bags for those, who are used to carrying their bags this way. Shoulder bags are available in a myriad of shapes and shades in the new season and they look really trendy and modern even though they don’t carry any innovative fashion vibes. Some lovely shoulder bags were seen at Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and others.
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Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #12: Modern Backpacks
They came to fashion a few seasons ago and they still manage to look hot. Backpacks aren’t only for schoolgirls and hikers any more, especially when they come in such a big diversity in the new season. Colorful, printed, fringed, modern, retro or military, backpacks form a separate bag trend for 2015 thanks to the unique designs of Jeremy Scott, Burberry Prorsum, Marc Jacobs, Whisles, Moschino, Blugirl, Chrisopher Raeburn and many others. When you carry a backpack once you’ll hardly love to switch back to those modern designs!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #13: Woven and Straw Bags
It’s not only textile shoes that are trendy in the new season, but also textile bags, especially woven and straw ones. Thanks to their lightweight and spacious character, woven and straw bags are very comfortable and practical to carry in the warm months of summer. Some lovely designs of such bags can be found in the new season collections of Michael Kors, Stella Jeans, Ermanno Scervino, Bottega Veneta and Dolce & Gabbana.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #14: Luxurious Reptile Skin Bags
Can we ever imagine any single season without the luxurious and elegant leather and reptile skin handbags? Hardly! Neither can the fashion designers! Reptile skin handbags are hot again and we are so happy about this, as these are the most versatile and go-with-everything bag styles we all own in our wardrobes. Reptile skin handbag was the say of Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Emporio Armani, Jason Wu, Balenciaga, Victoria Beckham and many others.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #15: Elegant Clutches and Purses
Perhaps no fashion show has ever existed without demonstrating some cool styles of clutches and purse bags. After all, those are the go-to bags we all need for styling our party looks and not only. Clutches are also widely used as everyday casual accessory details nowadays, capable of creating beautiful contrasts with street chic clothing pieces. Whether it’s about some exquisite piece, an elegant staple or something more ordinary perfect for everyday wear, clutches and purses are among the best spring/ summer 2015 handbag trends. For inspiration, just browse through the spring 2015 collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Versace, Nina Ricci, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Siriano and many others and you’ll find a plethora of stylish clutches and purses for spring!
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #16: Envelope and Folded Bags
In addition, slightly bigger envelope clutches and folded bags are also hot in spring, since they are ideal everyday alternatives to those party-ready clutches. Envelop, folded and foldover clutches and bags make a huge entrance into the new season thanks to the spectacular creations of Chanel, Just Cavalli, Roberto Cavalli, DKNY, Bibhu Mohaparta, Sally LaPointe and many others.
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Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #17: Oversized Bags
Practical and spacious big bags are also there for all those girls, who can’t go out without carrying a huge amount of personal belonging with them. Well, carrying tiny bags is cute and comfortable, however, not always are they the best styles to go for. We still love the functionality of oversized bags, especially when our favorite fashion designers have come up with so many cool designs. Think Valentino, Fendi, DSquared2, Diane von Furstenberg, Bottega Veneta, Marni and you’ll have lots of ideas for new roomy bags for spring 2015.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #18: Unconventional Extraordinary Bags
It’s always interesting to check the endless fantasy of famous fashion designers, who can’t go any season without presenting some non-standard and creative forms of handbags. The recent fashion shows saw a pretty big range of such unconventional extraordinary bag styles, most of which target those self-confident and bold girls, who love to be in the spotlight. Among such designs we should mention the cherry bags of Undercover, the videocassette handbags of Chanel, the metallic heart bag of Dolce & Gabbana, the unique bags with buckles, rings and pendants of Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela and Celine. Uber-cute were those animal bags of Kate Spade, while the sporty chic sneakers-inspired bags of Alexander Wang made one think for a second before understanding what they actually resembled. Sporty chic was also the theme of those unique Marc by Marc Jacobs bags, while in case of Loewe’s gorgeous bags we saw various sources of inspiration. Anya Hindmarch decided to stick to the school theme for designing her spacious and colorful bags.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #19: Doctor Bags
Of the season’s traditional and classic forms of bags we should also mention doctor bags, which are still pretty trendy although they weren’t met too frequently during the recent shows. While Armani presented a more elegant version of doctor bags, Stella Jean and Michael Kors opted for charming vintage motifs bringing oversized and cool designs.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #20: Color-Blocked Bags
The spring/ summer 2015 handbag trends include almost all the colors of rainbow, however, there is one trend we are particularly excited about. Color-blocking continues to be an interesting technique of creating not only smashing looks, but also stylish bags, and this is what Valentino and Burberry Prorsum prove.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #21: Tote Bags
The famous shopper or tote bags are perhaps the most practical and comfortable everyday styles of bags you can opt for in the hot months of summer. Thanks to their spacious character you can carry as many important things with you as you want and due to the new pretty designs you can be sure to look on-trend even when shopping. Among the most stylish 2015 tote bags we should mention those from Diane von Furstenberg, DSquared2, Versace, Stella Jean and Donna Karan.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #22: Messenger Bags
Messenger bags get a unique makeover this season, quite often bearing military notes that look amazing in line with these shapes. Cute are the patched messenger bag of Chanel, the military design of Marc Jacobs and the one from Ralph Lauren adorned with safari vibes. They are practical, versatile and can be amazing bag styles not only for hiking and traveling, but also for everyday wear.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #23: Duffel Bags
Sporty chic is known to be the It spring 2015 fashion trend and this refers to shoes and bags as well. We have already seen those sneakers-bags from Alexander Wang, however, what about the traditional duffel bags? Those are incredible options you can consider, since they are spacious enough to carry lots of belongings and can be easily adjusted to any style, excluding the elegant and feminine looks, of course. While Topshop Unique brings the sporty chic duffel bag style, Bottega Veneta spices things up with some femininity.
Spring/ Summer 2015 Handbag Trend #24: Satchel Bags
Last but not least, how come we live a season fashionably without those traditional satchel bags? They are in too and they come in a myriad of shapes and shades to meet the style demands of even the most capricious fashionisers. Of the best options, however, we should mention those modern chic satchel bags from Versace and the classic designs from Prada mixing colors and materials so harmoniously.
The spring/ summer 2015 handbag trends are colorful, imaginative and diverse enough to satisfy the fashion cravings of every fashion-forward woman in the new season. You just need to pick the right handbags according to your figure and outfits and go out flaunting your unique taste in fashion and style!
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