At the moment, it’s hard not to get the sense that New York Fashion Week doesn’t know what it wants to be, or what it’s likely to become over the next few years. Compared to its European counterparts, NYFW has always relied more on commerce than art, and the ways that accessibly priced contemporary brands handle everything from retail orders to consumer engagement is changing quickly. More established New York brands are eschewing expensive runway shows for presentations and see-now, buy-now marketing blitzes, and the city’s most promising upstarts often make few, if any, handbags. (Unless a new line’s marquee products are its accessories, like Mansur Gavriel at its debut, brands usually save bags for later periods of expansion when they have more resources.)

That doesn’t mean there weren’t interesting bags to be found among New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2017 shows and presentations, which wrapped up late last week. Jason Wu returned to handbags with a few strong day options dotting his runway, and Altuzarra expanded its terrific line with a new day satchel in multiple sizes, textures, colors and fabrications. Check out those bags and two dozen more below.

[Photos via Vogue Runway]

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alice + Olivia

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

Coach

Diane von Furstenberg

Elizabeth and James

Gabriela Hearst

J.Crew

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Kate Spade

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors

Oscar de la Renta

Proenza Schouler

RED Valentino

Rosie Assoulin

See by Chloé

Simon Miller

Thom Browne

Tomas Maier

Tory Burch

Victoria Beckham

ZAC Zac Posen

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Easyeve
Easyeve
5 years ago

I see you Zac Posen blatantly ripping off Marni. Smh

Fawcett Proust
Fawcett Proust
5 years ago
Reply to  Easyeve

Zac Posen’s been making the Eartha bag for quite some time.

Easyeve
Easyeve
5 years ago
Reply to  Fawcett Proust

The design if an update exact rip-off of a Marni bag. Call it Eartha all you want it’s a duplication.

Fawcett Proust
Fawcett Proust
5 years ago
Reply to  Easyeve

The Eartha bag was released two years before the Marni bag. Marni didn’t invent the accordion-flap shoulder bag.
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FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago
Reply to  Fawcett Proust

The Eartha has been out since 2013.

DayMansKarateSchool
DayMansKarateSchool
5 years ago

That Elizabeth and James bag looks like something you get at the home goods section of Target for 30 bucks.

Fawcett Proust
Fawcett Proust
5 years ago

It looks like a reusable grocery bag.

Veit Bui
Veit Bui
5 years ago

Those Brown blazer bag is very creative and beautifully designed – aesthetically speaking.

lulilu
lulilu
5 years ago
Reply to  Veit Bui

copy of chanel

Smithy
Smithy
5 years ago

The Thom Browne bag is amazing!!!

Yazi
Yazi
5 years ago

It’s all uninspired.

Choogamo64
Choogamo64
5 years ago

I love all of these bags, each bag creates a different mood, absolutely beautiful.

bookgirl8
bookgirl8
5 years ago

My favorite is the one by Kate Spade. The style & functionality or her bags are admirable, and always en pointe.

Northcalifashiongal girl
Northcalifashiongal girl
5 years ago

I am shocked to say that I really like the Michael Kors bag. Who woulda thunk.

multipolarity
multipolarity
5 years ago

Insightful comments on NYFW vs European brands, Amanda! I haven’t been able to articulate why European, and in particular Italian fashion houses, hold such sway over me. Commerce > Art captures it perfectly.

GG Pastel