Pre-fall used to be a wedged-in mini season used by big brands to fill store shelves in between summer sales and full-scale fall arrivals, but in a high-end market with a near-insatiable thirst for newness and product churn, almost every brand presents a full lineup of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories for the formerly low-key season. Only the biggest brands present the lines with full-scale, consumer-friendly spectacles, though, and that’s where we come in.
We tore through the lookbooks and press images provided to Vogue Runway by dozens of global brands to find the best handbags in them, both from designers we feature all the time and those that are lesser-known or completely new to the bag game. You can check out all of our results below as we get ready to see what brands have in store for Fall 2016 starting at New York Fashion Week next week.
There are a couple notable brands missing; Céline, Proenza Schouler and Chloé all chose not to make images of their collections available to the public until the clothes hit stores in order to stave off copycats, and Louis Vuitton has yet to show its Pre-Fall 2016 collection (and I can’t find any information on when, or if, it will). When we have more information on those collections, we’ll update you.