In his final collection for classic British brand Burberry, Christopher Bailey dished out a series of bags that will surely be snapped up in an instant. The most eye-catching one has to be the cheap-looking plastic shoppers emblazoned with the caption ‘Burberrys of London’. Despite the allusion to the typical latex grocery shopping bags we might be able to get at NTUC, we’re sure this will become a collector’s item. Why? They are actually not available to buy in stores, and only comes with a purchase from the collection.
If you’re looking for something more ‘normal’, check out the variations of cross-body bags, all of them featuring the fashion house’s iconic and unmistakable checkered print. There are those that came with metal eyelets for a more edgy vibe, and those with a luxurious leather trim in a vibrant shade like bold red,
All eyes, however, is surely on the rainbow coloured totes – the rainbow motif was scattered all over the collection, as Bailey showed his support for LGBTQ+ rights in his swansong collection. We have no doubt that these bags will be all over Instagram and street style stars in no time.
We definitely can’t talk about bags without mentioning Chloe, the French label arguably most famous for its line of It bags, including the Faye, Nile and Drew. While designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi has been helming the brand for only two seasons, she has been impressing critics with her spot-on interpretation of the Chloe aesthetic. In this sophomore collection, Ramsay-Levi introduced a brand new design – an oversized tote with webbing and nylon, which looks like it’ll be great for travel. There is also a timeless, quilted handbag reminiscent of the Faye bag.
Another new design that was sent down the runway was a hybrid of both the Drew and Faye bags – a saddle bag with a ring accent on the flap in colours like burgundy, olive and blue. Also, there were new iterations of the Drew Bijou bag, which Ramsay-Levi introduced in her debut collection.
Another seemingly new design that has caught our attention is a bucket bag – whether in camel, quilted leather or a classic horse print, we want them all.
#3: Giambattista Valli
We’ve already fawned over these miniature pouches from Giambattista Valli, which we’ve deemed one of the most covetable accessories spotted on the runway this F/W’18 season. Whether carried around the neck like a necklace, or swung casually from the hand, these will definitely add an interesting element to any look.
Many colour variations were sent down the runway, such as pastel green, red, white and pink, some in smooth leather and others in textured leather. But perhaps the most timeless and sophisticated ones are the black versions.
If you’re looking for something a bit more practical, there were also large tote bags and elegant handbags, all in beautiful textured leather in a range of colours.
Perhaps what’s most interesting about Prada‘s bags this season is not the individual bags per se, but how they were styled: mostly in doubles, where one – usually smaller – bag is paired with another – usually bigger – bag.
Complementing the all black, cyber-inspired show venue, the bags all had a futuristic feel, featuring fun prints such aliens, robots, monkeys and bananas. Some of the leather bags were also emblazoned with a highly sporty design of the brand name.
There were totes, cross-body bags, handbags, clutches, pouches and even small-sized duffle-looking bags.
However, perhaps the most surprising – and welcome – are the revered fashion house’s famous nylon bags, this time in a multitude of bright neon shades such as orange, green and pink.
#5: Tom Ford
Over at Tom Ford, it was all about the bling – the bigger the bling, the better. The designer stuck mostly to a simple yet classy design of a rectangular cross-body bag with a single flap, silver metal chain handles and a glittery buckle. There were several variations, such as leopard print versions in different shades.
Perfect for a night out, these bags exude just the right amount of drama. If you can’t decide on a favourite print, how about one that combines both leopard and zebra prints with shiny rhinestones? If you want to show your solidarity with all your fellow women and support the momentous #MeToo movement, how about the extremely glittery ‘Pussy Power’ version?
#6: Victoria Beckham
Ladies who are looking for practicality over all else, rejoice – Victoria Beckham has debuted a series of stylish, supersized tote bags that will surely be able to fit everything you need to carry around for the day.
These gigantic felted bags came in standout – yet still neutral colours – such as olive, purple and green. For something a bit more striking, check out the one and only printed version that played matchy-matchy with its accompanying look.
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