Another show season is in the books, and that means it’s time for a post-mortem on the fourth and final slate of shows, Paris Fashion Week. As you saw in our closer looks at the collections from Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton, there was much to celebrate on the French runways.


Cultural appropriation in fashion is a super hot topic in the industry at the moment. Partly because the Internet has opened fashion criticism up beyond just the elite, brands are getting called out for their “borrowing” in situations when they wouldn’t have been criticized in the past, and not all of them have figured out solid ways to navigate it.


Paris Fashion Week is, in some ways, the Super Bowl of fashion. Its attendees have played hard all season to get there, and when they’ve arrived, they have to play harder still to come out on top.


Louis Vuitton is, by necessity, a show full of handbags every season. Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere does far more that’s just as worthy of note, of course, but LV is, first and foremost, a brand concerned with its leather goods.


When I heard that Chanel‘s Spring 2016 show was set to be airport-themed, I couldn’t help but smile; it was one of those (somewhat frequent) moments where I feel like Karl Lagerfeld personally cares about my happiness.


Unless you’re brand new to Céline, you’re well aware that the brand tends to show far more unusual and conceptual bags on its runways than the majority of what actually ends up getting stocked in stores.


Let’s get this out of the way up top: the bag that made the biggest debut on the Dior Spring 2016 runway is going to remind you of the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour in certain ways, which, in turn, already reminds many of you (and me) of the Hermès Birkin.


If you’ve followed along with Chloé over the past few seasons (and who hasn’t?), the bags from the brand’s Spring 2016 runway won’t be of particular surprise to you. They were all small and attached to long straps, and many were finished with a few tassels.


Jeremy Scott may not be your favorite designer (or maybe he is), but the man is a shrewd marketer. Since arriving at the helm of Moschino, he’s turned the brand into an attention vacuum with seemingly random design inspiration and clothes clearly meant to be discussed on social media.


Paris Fashion Week has already started, but thankfully, all of the shows with the best bags come later in the schedule, which gives us a little bit of much-needed time to catch our breath before the last week of the seasonal shows.