It's like we blinked and fashion month is almost over. Milan Fashion Week has come to an end, and that means it's time to do a post-mortem on what happened on the runways. From what I saw, there were few overarching trends in Milan's handbags; each brand sort of did its own thing. When you remember that MFW is home to brands like Moschino and Dolce & Gabbana, though, that makes a lot more sense.
Below, we've assembled some of the Milan season's most notable bags from the most notable collections, including Gucci's first new design from its new creative director. Let us know what you think in the comments.
[Images via Vogue.co.uk]
If you're not familiar with Bally, you're missing out; the Swiss company makes luxe, modern bags, and many are particularly perfect for work. On the other hand, I like this one for weekend.
It's hard to beat the materials that BV uses, and this exotic beauty is further proof of it.
Dolce & Gabbana
Instead of reinventing the wheel every season, Dolce reimagines the pieces we all know and love in new materials and with new embellishments; I want to reach through my computer screen and touch that silky silver astrakhan.
Fendi's roots are both as a furrier and a leather goods house, and this Peekaboo marries those heritages perfectly.
Armani is generally not thought of as a source of leather goods by American consumers, but his runway show was packed full of solid options.
In fact, we had to feature the collection twice--how cute is this little pink clutch?
Alessandro Michele's first collection for Gucci didn't feature as many handbags as you'd expect from a former accessories designer, but this one was a nice callback to the halcyon days of Tom Ford's reign at the brand. It'll look smart in leather or suede.
Marni's emphasis is always on shape, and this rectangular little bag allows the design's materials to shine.
This collection was really all about the outerwear, but the color of this bag needs to be noted.
Moschino's collections under Jeremy Scott have started to feel like one long, sponsored Project Runway challenge to me, but Jeremy Scott does have a sense of fun.
Prada is starting to take some tentative steps outside the world of saffiano totes, and personally, I'm pleased that includes seafoam crocodile.
This clutch came in a lot of different versions on the Ferragamo runway, but I'm partial to this one in chocolate brown fur.
Tod's is know for having a relatively staid take on leather goods, which is why I got so excited to see this colorful fur and leather piece hit the runway.
Versace bags tend to be a little much, aesthetically, but this bag achieves the company's vibe without too much distracting hardware or logos.
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