During New York Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to attend accessory designer Khirma Eliazov‘s Fall 2015 presentation. Eliazov’s handbag line, Khirma New York, specializes in exotic skins, including python, crocodile and water snake. Walking into the showroom, I was overwhelmed (in the best way possible, of course) by this alluring collection.
Paris Fashion Week is always such a pleasure. The clothes, shoes, accessories and beauty looks on display always eclipse nearly everything that came before them during the first three weeks of fashion month; there’s just something about Paris and what it brings out in the creative minds that inhabit it.
At Louis Vuitton, handbags are king. The brand might now make full lines of ready-to-wear, outerwear, shoes, accessories and jewelry, but if the bags are selling, none of that other stuff really matters. With the new bags that debuted as part of the brand’s Fall 2015 collection this morning, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Dior has an advantage that only a tiny handful of other fashion houses enjoy. Because the brand resides at the very top tier of fashion houses and because it has a history so rich and storied that it’d make a marketer weep, Dior can not only make handbags out of the world’s rarest, finest exotics and expect to sell all of them, but the brand can make interesting, challenging bags that retail for $30,000 and expect to sell those, too.
Over the past six months, we’ve discussed the problems that plague Prada’s handbag business (and, therefore, its business at large) on a number of occasions. Chiefly among them are the brand’s reliance on saffiano leather, which is not really a luxury material, and the lack of diversity in its bag mix.
Anya Hindmarch is a brand that’s been around as long as I’ve been into handbags, but in the past two seasons, the British designer has rocketed to wider interest than she’s ever received before. That’s largely because of the decision to incorporate a few consumer product logos into some bags two seasons ago; earlier this week, Hindmarch gave us even more of what’s exploded the brand into the mainstream.