Yesterday we showed you the best of what happened outside the shows at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014, and now it’s time to take final appraisal of what showed up once everyone was seated and the house lights were lowered. Paris plays how to some of the most powerful handbag brands in the world, and even though some of them play hard to get by not showing bags on the runway (Givenchy and Saint Laurent, I’m looking at you), we’ve scoured the rest of the shows to bring you the most exciting accessories. Start saving up your handbag dollars now.

Miss our preview roundups of the best bags from New York and Milan? Well, now you have no excuse not to be caught up.

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Paris is the last stop during the long fashion month stretch, and I always think fashion people save their best for last. The streets of Paris are lined with the most fashionable men and women from around the world, looking to take in the shows and show off their goods. We gave you the best bags of NYFW (days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8), and now we have our favorite bag shots from the streets of Paris Fashion Week. (more…)

Louis Vuitton is the biggest luxury handbag brand in the world, and there’s no job that counts more in the accessories industry than that of Louis Vuitton’s creative director. For most of my life, that was Marc Jacobs, comfortably ensconced atop the French powerhouse that he reinvigorated with his signature blend of luxury and pop-cultural wit. After the Spring 2014 show, though, Jacobs passed the reigns to Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, and he debuted Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 in Paris on Wednesday. (more…)

Paris Fashion Week is an event like none other. We love New York, London and Milan, don’t get us wrong, but the combination of clothes and celebrities that happens in Paris will always be our favorite. This season, we found even more stars and fashion insiders carrying super-covetable bags than we did back in September, and we’ve assembled them all for your viewing pleasure. (more…)

It wasn’t hard to figure out exactly what Phoebe Philo was getting at with her Celine Fall 2014 handbags. The bags, divided into slim envelope clutches and larger top-handle satchels, were a deliberate rumination on how handbags come together into three-dimensional objects, and especially with the satchels, Philo showed her work. The bags’ gussets were held tenuously together with big metal buttons, and because of the minimalist construction, the corners gapped open, occasionally exposing the stuffing inside.

These aren’t handbags that will be sold to a lot of women (Celine has its non-runway line for that), but they do set the tone for where the brand’s accessory ideas are headed. If it were possible for Celine to make popular bags that are even more stripped down than the Trio and Cabas Tote, then that might be what to look for. More likely, though, the heavily textured leather and calf hair from these bags, along with their weathered hardware and exposed stitches, will be showing up in Celine’s more consumer-friendly offerings. Check out the collection below.

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During a runway show, you don’t expect to see models carrying shopping bags. Despite the fact that women who can afford the clothes that debut at shows like that of Balenciaga Fall 2014 often find themselves carrying shopping bags, most runways try to divorce themselves as much as possible from the drudgery of actually selling clothes, all the way from the performance-art settings to the impracticality of the garments therein. One thing that Balenciaga creative director Alexander Wang is exceptionally good at, though, is moving product, and his Fall 2014 bags are something of an ode to that.

From a distance, it’d be difficult to guess that these bags were anything more than vessels for carrying other very expensive things, but up close, the details come into stark relief, especially on the crocodile versions. The handles, instead of twisted paper or webbing, are fashioned out of super-industrial metal cord, the kind you’d expect to see in a lever-and-pulley situation. Structurally, the bags are faithful to their inspiration, right down to the concave gussets and folded bottoms. Whether or not a bag with such common inspiration can successfully fetch designer prices in large numbers is somewhat questionable, but these are definitely the most luxurious shopping bags I’ve ever seen. (Yes, they even beat out Chanel’s shopping bag purse.)

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The third leg of fashion’s seasonal four week journey around the globe as come to a close, and as always, Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 brought out a cadre of celebrities both Italian and international, all carrying leather goods from Italy and beyond. (Although even brands based elsewhere often manufacture their bags in Italy – the country’s tanneries and ateliers are that good.) As always, we have a faithful study of just what everywhere was carrying to the shows and parties, including a lot of Anna Dello Russo’s signature outrageousness. (more…)

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 has come and gone, but not before giving us a ton of bags to lust over. From Gucci’s luxurious minimalism to Dolce & Gabbana’s neoclassical maximalism, check out our favorite picks from what the Italians will have on offer come fall. (more…)

Every season, Dolce & Gabbana seems to have one goal, and one goal only: to make every new collection as Dolce & Gabbana as humanly possible. Not interested in Italian neoclassicism, European history or the vagaries of Sicilian culture? Dolce isn’t for you, and the designers aren’t even going to pretend it is. There’s no everywoman in these garments, only the Dolce woman, and that extends to Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 Handbags.

In this selection of bags, there weren’t terribly many legacy Dolce shapes. Instead, the show was largely dominated by ornately embellished box shoulder bags and a few flap-closured top handles, and everything was utterly ornate. Beading, embroidery, metalwork, exotic skins, fur, crystals, velvet, brocade – the works, often in combination. Despite all of that stuff going on, almost all of the bags felt luxurious and well-designed, which isn’t always the case for pieces with so many competing elements. Dolce & Gabbana do very particular things, and they do them particularly well.

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After two seasons in a row of furry, futuristic, ultra-covetable wildness from the brand, Fendi’s Fall 2014 Handbags are a bit of a step back toward simplification, if only a small one. There’s a bit less fur, fewer textural embellishments and not as many colors residing on a single purse, but there’s still the signature Fendi look that Karl Lagerfeld has taken care to develop over the past few years.

Fendi fans will automatically recognize both the Peekaboo and the 3Jours bags, both of which debuted for fall in new iterations that include details like fur handles and aggressively industrial metal trim, but the bags that dominated the Fendi runway were overwhelmingly small, squat, squarish and, dare I say, highly reminiscent of Hermes, with their leather-cloaked keys, short handles a la the Kelly Longue and traditionally French detailing. The bags were show as hand-helds on the runway, but I suspect they’ll come with removable shoulder straps at retail; if not, they might be a tough sell.

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