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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You can say a lot of things about Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, but you can’t claim the man doesn’t have a sense of humor about himself. Fendi, a brand that knows as well as any other when it has a hit on its hand and how to maximize its success, opened its Fall 2014 runway show (full coverage of the show’s handbags is coming your way at noon) with one of the brand’s popular Bag Bugs in the visage of Lagerfeld himself, held aloft daintily by Cara Delevingne so that one and all could snap clear pictures of it for Instagram and beyond. Well played.

Lagerfeld intuitively understands better than almost anyone else in fashion how powerful moments like this little Bag Bug can be – photos of this furry, miniaturized version of himself immediately flooded social media after the show, and East Coasters woke up to find Lil Karl staring back at them from their phones. Not only that, but Fendi had the biggest model in the world carry it; the brand signed Delevingne to a Milan exclusive, so her appearance along with this Bag Bug was the only one she’ll be making on the Italian runways. It was, clearly, the only such handbag accessory presented in this way. Based on our sources, Lil Karl saw his shadow, so we’re predicting six more months of brisk Bag Bug pre-sales.

If you want to get your hands on one of Fendi’s original furry bag charms, check out our guide to pre-ordering them.

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During her tenure at the brand, creative director Frida Giannini has taken enormous strides in streamlining and simplifying what it is to be the Gucci woman. Tom Ford’s hard-nosed excess was fun, but Giannini has long offered up a softer experience that is more viscerally luxurious, and she’s taken that even another step further with Gucci’s Fall 2014 handbags. The collection features shapes both familiar and new, all made minimalist in soft leather and muted tones.

Gucci fans will immediately recognized the newly pared-down New Jackie Hobo, which does away with some of the trim details that were holding the design in the last decade and makes it feel more languid and casual. In addition, you’ll find small, structured shoulder bags with generous straps, plus oversized totes in what appears to be very sumptuous leather. To say we’re looking forward to seeing these bags in stores would be an understatement; this collection doesn’t try to hard or reach too far, and it does a lot of thinks exactly right.

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After middling results with the Mulberry Del Rey Bag, Mulberry has chosen a more fashion-centric name for its next celebrity collaboration. Supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne has signed on to design (“design”) and rep the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Bag, which comes in three sizes, all of which are convertible between a tote and backpack.

The first run of bags will be available in quilted leather, two shades of camo-print calf hair and one limited edition quilted version that features lion-head studs within the bag’s quilts. Delevingne famously has a lion head tattoo on one of her fingers, which was likely the inspiration behind that particular embellishment. None of the other bags are listed as limited editions, so you can expect the line to live on into the future as long as consumer interest demands its presence.

Before the Lana Del Rey bag, Mulberry had huge success hitching its wagon to style star Alexa Chung (lest we forget that the Mulberry Alexa is named after her). Tapping Del Rey felt like a misstep from the beginning because of the relative lack of interest in her among luxury audiences, but Delevingne has proved to be both an industry obsession and paparazzi magnet, so her clout might do more to propel these bags into the realm of the smash-hit Alexa. As bags, they’re very much traditionally Mulberry-esque and in some ways similar to the ever-popular Bayswater, so fans of the brand’s look will likely have no problem embracing these new shapes. Check out photos from the London unveiling below, as well as Mulberry’s images of the forthcoming bags. Prices haven’t been released yet, and you can expect the bags to surface around the end of summer.

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