No one would describe me as a maximalist. I carry a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag almost every day, which is almost the same as wearing a sandwich board instructing people to ask me about my love for minimalism. I’ve had aspirations toward maximalism in the past, though, and I still very much appreciate the variety that it brings–as much as I love a simple, perfect bag, I also want crazy, jewel-covered bags to be available.
I’m constantly checking new arrivals on my favorite shopping sites and recently noticed a big influx of fringe fashion pieces, handbags and beyond. Fringe is making a big statement for Spring 2015, but something about it feels so familiar. After a bit of checking, I figured out why: almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a very similar piece on the best fringe bags for Spring 2014, and now, here we are, in a sort of handbag déjà vu.
Friday was the first day of spring, and even though it snowed all day in New York City, we pressed on through the weekend anyway, mostly because we didn’t have a choice. That’s all over now, though, and we are determined to start the first full week of the new season on a nice note: with over two dozen bags that positively scream “SPRING!!”
Fashion is a industry where things are often taken to their logical extremes. While some women are likely still paying off their orthopedic bills from the enormous bag trend of the late 2000s, things have now swung back firmly in the other direction; brands of all types are now making bags that are small enough to be considered decorative accessories for other bags.
It’s no secret that we spend a lot of time on Instagram, but while scrolling through our feed this week, we noticed something that we had never noticed before; style bloggers all seem to have the same two bags. As we started searching through some of our favorite bloggers and industry friends, we realized that almost every page we went to featured either a Valentino Lock Shoulder Bag or Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag, if not both.
The fashion industry has hosted a logo renaissance over the past few season, with brands like Alexander Wang and DKNY plastering their logos all over clothes, much to the pleasure of streetwear-obsessed fashion customers. When it comes to accessories, though, the trend has been a bit different.
A new season always brings with it lots of new choices, but Fall 2014 feels particularly full of brand-spanking-new handbag options from some of the biggest accessories labels in the world. Now that all the dust has settled and these designs have arrived in stores, we combed through the collections to find those that are most worthy of your new handbag dollars.