Fashion brands have–somewhat inexplicably–been trying to make fanny packs (or, as they’re more diplomatically termed, “belt bags”) cool for years. Part of the rationale makes sense: trend variation is key in order for brands to keep sales up, so it’s in their best interest to try and convince you there’s something you want that isn’t already in your closet, and who among us has too many fanny packs? Where things go wrong, though, is that fanny packs are generally unflattering and also require sizing according to the wearer’s body, which is counter to the reason that handbags are so popular with consumers to begin with: you don’t have to be or stay a particular size for a cool bag. The latest designer to give this problem a shot is Alexander Wang on his Fall 2017 runway, and I’m as surprised to write this as you probably are to read it: he did a pretty decent job?

All of the bags on Wang’s runway, fanny packs and beyond, were black leather accented with heavy silver hardware, much of which looked like chainmail of varying types. That particular combination is and always has been undeniably cool, and Wang is able to extend that to belt bags by making the belt part much more eye-catching than the bag itself. The think chain strap would make a great accompaniment to a little black party dress; I can almost envision it on the Bella Hadids and Kendall Jenners of the world now. That doesn’t guarantee retail sales, but it does give this belt bag a fighting chance.

For the rest of us, similar chains and metal details adorn a host of more traditional shoulder bags and clutch pouches. Check them all out below.

[Photos via Vogue Runway]

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Rosa Lily
Rosa Lily
5 years ago

Just imagine how heavy the bags are just with the hardware.

Sandy
Sandy
5 years ago

I loved the coats in this collection!!! I will be looking to add one or two to my closet this fall.

Pete
Pete
5 years ago

Keep it

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago

Those chains are either very heavy or lightweight and cheap. Either way, not interested. I’m not even sure where Wang is going with these bags.

chae
chae
5 years ago

IMO AW is overrated.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
5 years ago

I love the idea of these bags. Leather and chains are edgy and cool. But I don’t like this execution. The chains / chain mail look cheap and are visually just too much. The only one that is a possible yes is the last bag.

Yazi
Yazi
5 years ago

I like it but the bags would be too heavy.

Guest
Guest
5 years ago

hate all of them

Rachel
Rachel
5 years ago

Is it weird that they clearly made fanny packs but then NO ONE is wearing them as a belt bag? They are just carrying around a fanny pack? For some reason?

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