I’ve often wondered, both aloud on here and in my own head (yes, I have many a handbag-related thought in my downtime) when, exactly, Fendi would modernize the original It Bag, the Fendi Baguette, to reflect what’s going on in accessories design right now.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t sleep on Fendi. Karl Lagerfeld’s creative direction at Chanel may get more media attention, but the things he’s been doing with color, texture and tech-inspired fabrications and textiles at Fendi for the past few seasons are, at their best, a fascinating look at the technicolor future of mass-market luxury.
While there have been plenty of recent designs that continue to place Fendi firmly on our handbag radar, none has had such a lasting influence and effect on fashion as the Baguette. No matter how many new bags follow, there is something so special about the Baguette that makes it continue to shine as the star of the Fendi show.
We’re all about radical truth-telling in these parts (ok, maybe it could be more accurately termed as radical opinion-sharing), and honestly, I don’t really like the Fendi Baguette, as a bag concept. I like that the size proportion of the bag’s body makes it ripe for embellishment, and I like all the creative things that Fendi’s done with it over its decade-plus lifespan, but I really wish that the Baguette would get re-imagine as a crossbody.
Spotting a bag that you really, truly adore during a fashion show is one of the most agonizing things about working in this business. You know it’ll take six months for the object of your affections to even become nominally available, and when it does, the price will, in all likelihood, make you dizzy.
Babies might be too little to carry real handbags for a few reasons (among them: weak shoulders, frustratingly limited motor skills, lack of personal possessions that require carrying), but that doesn’t mean that their uber-fashionable mamas shouldn’t kit them out in their own image, all the way down to a baby-scaled representation of their own handbags.