The Best Bags of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013

Leave it to the French to cap off the Fall 2013 show season with a fashion week full of subtle, elegant, incredibly luxurious bags. Along with the clothes that graced the majority of the runways at Paris Fashion Week, the bags were largely casual and wearable; where a thousand rhinestone-encrusted clutches once stood, we instead found functional everyday bags in shades of ivory, burgundy and black. Lest we forget about the luxury of it all, many of those bags were rendered in lush exotics.

This is what our continental friends do best, of course; these bags all look easy, and they will be easy to carry, but they’re all designed just so. Luxury doesn’t have to be inconvenient or trend-based, it can be just that: luxury. For the best bags that embody that ideal from Paris Fashion Week, check out our roundup below.

[Images via Vogue]

Akris has taken its famous woven horse hair to an enormous new proportion – this bag is made for the well-heeled woman who needs to carry more than just her phone and wallet.

Akris Fall 2014 Woven Black Tote Bag

There’s perhaps no more basic handbag shape that the Louis Vuitton Speedy, and this python update strips away the famous monogram and leaves us with simplistic perfection.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Python Speedy Bag

The feather-covered Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessories was yet another logo-free hit from the LV show.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Feather Pochette Accessoires

Stella McCartney is famous for her unwillingness to compromise her ethics and use leather; that restriction sometimes leads her to counter-intuitive materials, like the wood that makes up the base of this oversized clutch.

Stella McCartney Fall 2013 Wooden Clutch

Like Akris, this Valentino tote is for a woman who actually needs to schlep things, but who wants to do it in the sleekest, most stylish way possible.

Valentino Fall 2013 Embellished White Tote

If anyone can make a simple black carryall and have it look this impossibly luxurious and expensive, it’s Hermes.

Hermes Fall 2013 Alligator Travel Bag

For his Balenciaga debut, Alexander Wang impressed critics with these trim, structured bags with beautifully detailed hardware.

Balenciaga Fall 2013 White Handbag

Dior’s Fall 2013 collection was full of impressive handbags, and this heavily embellished east-west version of the Dior Bar Bag was perhaps the best.

Dior Fall 2013 Embellished East West Bar bag

Chanel was among the few designers to show a significant number of bright handbags, but even this petite blue option found itself sailing in a sea of black.

Chanel Fall 2013 Small Blue Shoulder Bag

What’s better than one Chanel bag? Two Chanel bags on one strap.

Chanel Fall 2013 Double Boy Bag

Chloe will likely be the source of many women’s new day bags once Fall 2013 rolls around, and this crocodile duffel was the most luxurious of the group.

Chloe Fall 2013 Crocodile Duffel

Jean Paul Gaultier isn’t a traditional source of handbags for most purse lovers, but this black python clutch with a serious metal pipe frame is well worth noting.

Jean Paul Gaultier Metal Frame Clutch

This Lanvin bag looks quite casual, but the styling of the show demonstrated how easily it could be dressed up.

Lanvin Snakeskin Shoulder Bag

This streamlined version of the Loewe Flamenco Bag looks exceedingly luxe in winter white.

Loewe Ivory Flamenco Bag

Another excellent work bag option, this time from Nina Ricci.

Nina Ricci Fall 2013 East-West Tote Bag
  • Sebastien

    Absolutely gorgeous! Other than the the gentleman on Rive Gauche, everyone brought their A game.

  • Rose

    Love this bag!! What is the style name, how much is it, and where can I buy it?

  • Anna

    Love the Hermes exotic!!!

  • malka

    anyone know where I could purchase one, and at what price?

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