Balenciaga Spring 2014 Handbags (3)

I think most of us, me included, thought that there was a decent chance Alexander Wang might fall flat on his face at the helm of Balenciaga. Maybe not probable, but not exactly impossible, either. Thankfully, Wang’s results in two seasons as Balenciaga’s creative director have yielded the exact opposite – two focused, luxurious, modern collections that are built solidly atop Balenciaga’s historic foundation.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2014 Handbags (3)

If you’re in the mood for a fun, exuberant, spring-like bag collection, Bottega Veneta Spring 2014 is simply not for you. On the other hand, if you’d like something slightly dour and vaguely Japanese (in the bags, at least – there was no vagueness in the clothes), well, step right up and take a look.

MaxMara Spring 2014 Handbag

Usually, I can count on Italy to give me at least one collection of handbags per season that hits me right in the heart. The Italians know their leather, and their Fashion Week is stocked with brands as well known for their bags as they are for anything.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 Handbags (27)

Every season, the fashion season frets over trends. Every season, the fashion industry tries to find new inspiration, new materials, new shapes, new colors. Every season, we try to reinvent the wheel, while every season, Dolce & Gabbana trots right alongside us, doing its own parallel thing and selling clothes and accessories hand over fist.

Prada Spring 2014 Handbags (1)

Sometimes feminism and the fashion industry find themselves at odds, but Miuccia Prada has been dutifully doing her part for years to demonstrate that the two can peacefully coexist, and, what’s more, fashion can actually act in service of female equality and women’s rights.

Fendi Spring 2014 Handbags (2)

For the past two seasons in a row, Fendi handbags have been easily my favorites of Fashion Week, both Milan and beyond. Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi have combined to create handbags that meticulously walk the line between luxury and innovation, a line of which almost all other designers choose to fall to one side or the other.

Gucci Spring 2014 Handbags

If you don’t like fringe, it’s not time to panic quite yet. Generally, Gucci runways display a small, hyper-focused fraction of the bags that are forthcoming from the brand for any particular season’s collection, and this season, the aforementioned focus happened to include quite a bit of fringe.

Christopher Kane Flower Clutch Spring 2014

London Fashion Week is by far the shortest of the four major global fashion parades, but in a lot of ways, it’s my favorite. The British have developed a very distinct spot in the fashion world for themselves and their bold, young designers, and that means that looking at the collections that surface from LFW can at times feel like peering into the future.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 (14)

Marc Jacobs is pretty good at subverting expectations, but he might have outdone himself with the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 show. He lead everyone into a cavernous (and sweltering) beach scene, and then instead of showing the deconstructed swimwear the scene seemed to imply, we got tapestry, tassels and high-neck lace dresses.

Thom Browne Spring 2014 Handbag

New York Fashion Week is so long, so packed with shows, that we felt it responsible to split our list of The Best Spring 2014 Runway Bags into two parts. Last week, Megs covered the best accessories that the first few days of shows had to offer, and today, I’m here to round out that list with my picks from the last few days.