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 stylish handbags have their powerful say in this sphere to maybe demolish your habitual handbag scheme and the way of holding them.
We are thrown in the thick of geometry with trapezoid-shaped handbags sneaking to us from right and left, from up and down shaping up another inspiring 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.
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 is undeniably Mr. Armani showing his sleek black top handled creations at the Giorgio Armani 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Printed and Embellished Handbags
If there is a 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 patterns.
While the majority of fashion designers try to create pretty color and print contrasts through their 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.
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 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.
One Bag Is Not Enough
One of the coolest ways of carrying a handbag as per the 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.
Bon Voyage Handbags
If asked to describe this stylish 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.
Lots of Chain Straps
Chain strap handbags have always been showing stable presence on the runways season after season. The 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.
The delicate and shimmering velvet works like a charm currently and for a long time yet in the future, no two ways about it.
So it has become viral for this stylish 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 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.
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!
Freaky and Eccentric Bag Designs
Just in case you hanker for leveraging looks in a New York minute, here come those freaky and eccentric 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 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.
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.
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.
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 stylish 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.
We see bunches of strings decorating miniature top handled bags at DSquared2, many suede tassels at Ralph Lauren and leather ones hanging from the bottom of the delicate reticules at Roberto Cavalli.
Vintage Frame Handbags and Purses
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.
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.
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.
Hands-Free Fanny Packs
Number one hands-free ultra-comfortable bag type among the stylish 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. 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 anny 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.