Bottega Veneta is in a pretty good spot right now. The brand is one of only a handful that doesn’t need to constantly change what it’s doing in order to stay relevant; people love Bottega for amazing materials and discreet designs, and as long as those two things remain constant, the brand will always have devotees who are looking to stay away from some of the flash that other brands offer.
Alessandro Michele’s previous Gucci show may have been relatively light on handbags, but based on the brand’s Spring 2016 runway in Milan earlier this week, that’s not the new creative director’s preference all the time. For the upcoming season, the Gucci Dionysus, among others, are getting a remixed look with lots of extra details.
By now, you probably know what to expect from Anya Hindmarch. The designer’s brand has been around for a long time, but over the past few seasons, she’s launched herself onto tons of very stylish shoulders by embellishing her classic shapes with large, brightly colored, nostalgia-riddled logos for everything from cereal brands to street signs.
Last season, we felt a little uninspired by the bags on display at New York Fashion Week, but what a difference six months make. The Spring 2016 shows wrapped up with a fab showing from Marc Jacobs late on Thursday, and we took the weekend to look back at the fashion week that was and the bags we’ll be shopping for in six months.
I think it would be fair to say that Proenza Schouler is a brand looking for its Next Big Thing, accessory-wise. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez proved their handbag bonafides with the PS1 and PS11 and have, and the success of those two designs increased the brand’s profile and power in huge ways.