If brevity is the soul of wit, minimalism might be the soul of elegance. After season upon season of rococo embellishment, studs, beading, embroidery, print, fur and exotics, fashion feels like it’s ready for something a little simpler and a little less look-at-me.
Bag Trends(Page 5)
As slow as some Olsen-skeptics are to admit it, The Row is straight-up influential. Not only was it the first brand to convince us that backpacks can be a totally chic, high-end trend (and in rather spectacular fashion), but The Row has helped to usher all of fashion toward a minimal sort of luxury that is now catching on across the industry.
If you followed along with your Spring 2014 runway roundups, you already know what I’m about to say. Pale bags, ranging from ivory to blush, are the biggest trend going for spring by far. After what feels like season upon season of prints, neons, rococo embellishments and exotics, a simple swath of dove grey leather actually does feel pretty fresh, if perhaps a little tricky to keep clean under non-ideal circumstances.
When I first sat down to write this post, I figured I’d find five or six good examples of drawstring bags to include in it, under the assumption that the trend was rising but had yet to crest. Well, I was wrong – within five minutes or so, I had dozens of browser windows open, all with worthy candidates for inclusion at price points from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
The sale season is beginning to die down, and as the summer clothing leaves the shelves, our favorite e-tailers are restocking with the first taste of fall goodies. I try to add at least one new bag to my collection each season that can be added to my accessories repertoire immediately, and today I’ve found five fall bags that will transition from fall to winter in a beautiful way.
In general, it doesn’t bother me that so many designers have been “inspired” by Celine to adjust the gusset structure on some of their new bags. When a silhouette becomes so widely adored and connects so strongly with high-end customers, other brands would be silly not to explore whether it would be worth implementing in their own designs.
It’s taken me longer than many to come around to the idea of camouflage as a viable accessories trend. Like I mentioned when we took a closer look at 3.1 Phillip Lim’s camo bags (which I, admittedly, kind of liked), it’s a print that I’ve prided myself on hating for years on end, and I didn’t see that changing anytime soon.
Normally the phrase “black and blue” doesn’t bring about positive thoughts, but when it comes to handbags, “black and blue” is both entirely lovely and a big color trend for fall. If you like the modern, slick look of all the black-and-white bicolor bags out there right now but need a bit more color in your life (or if you’re scared to carry a bag that has significant white portions), then black-and-blue is perhaps your best bet when it comes to a transitional piece.