Demna Gvasalia, one of the co-founders of super-popular cult fashion brand Vetements and new creative director of Balenciaga, was something of a handbag wild card when his appointment to the French brand was announced months ago.
Love It or Leave It
The Dior Runway Bag was the first big accessory debut of the post-Raf Simons era at Dior (on the runway, as the name would suggest), and I was, admittedly, a little suspicious of it. That was at least partly because of my immense affection for the bags created during Simons’s tenure at the legendary French design house and sadness over his voluntary departure, but it was also motivated by the bag’s proportions and how out of place it seemed with current trends.
I may be beyond sick of novelty bags and their often-limited cleverness, but I’ll never tire of a bag design that genuinely catches me off guard. That’s exactly what bags from Taiwanese designer JumpFromPaper are designed to do, and the simple shapes accomplish their goals with an almost startling efficiency.
Although Alexander Wang still sells tons of handbags and generates plenty of consumer interest, it’s been a few years since both the brand and the man behind it had a hit bag. That may sound troublesome, but it’s not as bad as it seems; brands don’t need to reinvent the wheel every year because a popular design and the variations that spin off of it are usually enough to sustain a brand’s accessories bottom line for seasons on end, if managed carefully.
When you think of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic under the direction of Hedi Slimane, studs and leopard probably come to mind before sweet little mini florals, but that’s exactly what the brand has in store for some of its Resort 2016 bags.
Iconic superhero characters from the world’s most popular comic books seem to have seeped their way into almost every corner of pop culture over the past few years, and if movies, TV shows, ever-expanding Comic Cons weren’t enough for you, Valentino‘s superhero-themed totes will give you a decidedly luxurious way to cosplay for Resort 2016.
If there’s something Dolce & Gabbana loves reliably, it’s a literal fashion homage to something overtly Italian, and for Fall 2015, the duo’s chosen target is the traditional Italian mother. Not only did they have pregnant models walk the runway in several looks, but they’ve emblazoned a series of bags with mom cartoons, some of them rendered in sequins and embroidery.
Sometimes in life, you find yourself really wanting to love something for which you ultimately cannot muster all that much enthusiasm. That’s how I feel about the RED Valentino Studded Shoulder Bag; I find it really cute and fun in theory, but in practice, it just feels a little bit off.
Over the past few seasons, Anya Hindmarch has exploded her following by thinking outside the box (or outside the bag). For Spring 2015, her collection was full of simple shoppers and shoulder bags, embellished with whimsical leather embroidery and stickers that imparted tons of personality.