There are still some heavyweights left to show, but Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson might be the one to fill a big gap in the bag market
Since legendary designer Phoebe Philo has left her post at Céline and, in all likelihood, won't be making a return to the design game for at least a few years, there's a big opening in the handbag world right now, and that means a big business opportunity. Philo had a knack for overseeing the creation of bags that were both fashion forward and incredibly useful; they weren't enormously flashy, but they also weren't so simple as to be anonymous. They struck an often perfect balance for a particular type of woman, and now someone new has to take on that challenge. By the look of the Fall 2018 runway, it might just be Jonathan Anderson at Loewe.
The bags on offer felt like if Hermès and Céline had a baby; there was a slight preppiness to many of them that usually wasn't found at Céline, and the leathers all looked basically as sumptuous and luxurious as money can buy. The shapes were simple and useful: a saddle bag with a smart tie detailing in several sizes, a minimal version of the old-favorite Amazona, a structured east-west tote roomy enough for a laptop, a backpack with leather so soft-looking you could probably stuff it and use it as a pillow. They were clearly expensive designer fashion, but without being fussy or overly conceptual. The kinds of bags women actually want to carry for their real lives. Check out all the bags below.
[Photos via Vogue Runway]
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