Handbags are, quite simply, seductive this season, as designers explore ideas of glamour, texture and vintage appeal. To inspire your accessories strategy, here’s our spotlight on three of the season’s hottest handbag trends.
CHAIN LINKS • FUZZY • SADDLE STYLE
Bold chains can be found on many of the season’s most coveted bags, a detail that immediately makes a statement of style and strength. When putting together your look, make this detail the star while keeping other accessories more subtle to ensure a chic balance.
Juana is the latest collection of bags from Chloé that feature bold chains as the dominant detail. That’s especially true of the Juana Mini Bag, seen here in burgundy leather, with its gold metallic links the focus of this statement accessory.
Change up your chain strategy for fall with Longchamp’s Roseau Top Handle Bag XS, which features an oversized chain shoulder strap crafted from acetate. The iconic bamboo clasp on this mini bag in cowhide also plays with proportions with its generous sizing, creating a look that’s equal parts classic and forward-thinking.
Miuccia Prada blends the padded trend that’s become so popular in statement bags with this season’s must-have chain detail to create an instant icon. Also take note of the triangle-shaped quilting, which is designed to subtly evoke the Prada logo — and for those moments when you’re in the mood for a clutch, the gold statement chain is removable.
A substantial gold chain instantly modernizes the ladylike structure of Stella McCartney’s Small Chunky Chain Bag in cream-hued faux leather, key to McCartney’s cruelty-free philosophy in her designs. Featuring a logo-embellished clutch closure, this Italian-made bag is a perfect pairing with ultra-feminine or sleek looks.
Rockstud continues to rank high among sought-after details that instantly communicate luxury. For fall Valentino has combined its Rockstud signature with a bold use of its VLogo to create the Stud Sign Grainy Calfskin Shoulder Bag. Equally perfect with a sleek sheath dress or a crisp white shirt with jeans, maxi studs adorn the 13.8-inch chain drop in antique brass-finish metal, which matches the VLogo on the bag’s magnetic closure. Inside, one more surprise awaits – Valentino’s signature red nappa lining.
PLUSH & POSH
Perhaps no handbag trend is more alluring than the shearling and faux-fur bags that are everywhere this fall. These are bags you simply long to touch and feel, and many designers embellished them with coveted logo details. Pair your fuzzy bag with jeans or a tailored suit for an instant style update.
Fans of Max Mara’s hugely popular Teddy coat will love that it’s been interpreted in the label’s Marine M top-handle bag for winter. Crafted in Italy, this plush carryall tote is exclusively offered in a beautifully neutral camel-toned wool, accented with the brand’s signature initial treatment.
The latest from Jimmy Choo’s growing Madeline collection, the faux fur bag in a brilliant yellow hue ranks high among entrance makers. The Soft Madeline Mini Bag pairs beautifully with solid tones and prints alike and features a 20.5-in. silver chain strap and the label’s signature crystal-embellished buckle.
Refined merino sheepskin is used to create the soft yet structured texture on Tod’s Mini Shopping Bag in shearling. The double handles in shearling make this a supremely comfortable bag to carry on the arm, while a leather strap is also included to wear on the shoulder or crossbody style. The oval Tod’s logo adorns the front, while an oval-shaped pouch is tucked inside.
The softest lambskin shearling is used to craft Saint Laurent’s Puffer Small Bag in deep fuchsia, a standout color that’s sure to make a statement with any look. This monogram shoulder bag is adorned with the YSL initials in silver-toned metal, while the 20.5-inch silver chain strap can be doubled for versatility.
Kim Jones quickly put his stamp on Fendi when he signed on as the Italian brand’s new artistic director last year, updating the handbag collection to include his take on the label’s initial: Dubbed Fendi First, the bags combine the relaxed styling of soft merino-wool sheepskin with an oversized metal F clasp wrapped in tone-on-tone beige nappa leather. Carry the bag as a clutch or on the shoulder or as a crossbody with the detachable strap.
BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN
Any girl who grew up in the 1970s will tell you that the saddlebag was the must-have style for every woman from 13 to 83. The trend’s return has been met with nothing less than delight by those who carried the bags as young girls, and now can explore the variety of modern updates as powerful, confident women. Where the bags hung down from the shoulder back then, today, women wear them crossbody-style. Seek out the sleek designs to wear for more polished moments and look to the more casual saddlebags to pair with denim or boho-chic dresses.
The iconic saddle-stitched knotted leather strap is the perfect adornment on Loewe’s Mini Gate Dual bag. Seen here in black calfskin, the bag gets its name from the metal pin that latches on its side, while the removable strap in calfskin and jacquard allows the bag to be worn as a shoulder or crossbody bag or as a sleek belt bag.
Fans of Isabel Marant are sure to love her interpretation of a saddlebag, dubbed the Botsy. This crossbody bag is crafted in burgundy-toned leather and features an adjustable strap, while its chicly simple styling is a perfect pairing with the easy French sensibility for which the brand is known.
The iconic French house has debuted a new saddle-style bag for fall: Dubbed the Bobby East West Bag, the Italian-made design is seen here in amber-toned calfskin leather with gold metal hardware. Details include a suede interior, removable strap that can be worn on the shoulder or as a crossbody bag, a decorative CD monogram, and an embossed “30 Montaigne” peeking out from the bag’s back pocket.
Among the season’s best interpretations of this hot trend is Coach’s Beat Saddle Bag, crafted in a luscious glove-tanned leather that only gets better with age. Featuring a removable shoulder strap with 24-inch drop, this bag inspired by the energy of New York City living features gold-tone hardware, including Coach’s signature C-shaped buckle. Chances are your mother or grandmother carried a Coach saddle bag in the ‘70s. This modern update is a piece you’ll treasure for years as well.
Furla’s saddlebag hits all the right notes, including color, in this case a coveted shade of green – Edera – ivy in English. Available in two sizes, the Amazzone is styled to work perfectly with boho-chic looks. Crafted from soft Roma calfskin, this Italian-made bag features a decorative buckle and a metal twist closure with a Palladium finish on the flap, while its wide strap can be worn on the shoulder or across the body.