Detecting nascent trends is more art that science. Some bags are everywhere all of a sudden for reasons that don’t have much to do with celebrities or “influencers” (my apologies) objectively liking them, and figuring out whether a bag’s sudden surge in visibility is planned or organic requires a feel for the market.
Last week we spotted the very first few Pre-Fall 2016 handbag pre-orders to hit the Internet, and today, we have even more upcoming bags to share with you. Bergdorf Goodman just launched its pre-fall pre-order section, and the handbag selection includes pieces from sought-after bag designers like Fendi, Valentino, Givenchy and Prada.
When Mansur Gavriel came along a couple years ago and exposed a glaring blind spot in the contemporary market for sophisticated, modern bags at a relatively reasonable price point, retailers reacted quickly. Not only did basically every store imaginable try to stock the brand, but plenty of retail buyers went out looking for new or previously overlooked designers who could cater to similar tastes.
Although it can seem like it at times, not everyone wants an It Bag, or even a bag that’s easily identifiable by brand. Even if you do love a conspicuous bag, you might not want to carry one for every occasion–maybe your boss or sister-in-law is the judgmental type, or maybe you work in an extremely conservative office.
It’s an overwhelming time of year to be a fashion watcher. Not only is it red carpet season, but Pre-Fall 2016 shows still popping up and Paris Couture Week is happening as we speak. In addition to all that (and, most importantly for dedicated shoppers), new arrivals from spring collections are pouring into stores.