Prada is a brand built on thoroughly modern ideas of femininity and it always has been; Miuccia Prada was thinking about "the modern woman" and her functional needs long before the phrase was the descriptor of choice for every designer under the sun. For Fall 2016, Prada is taking another step toward modernity: it will be among the first of Europe's top-tier fashion houses to offer some of its runway bags for immediate, out-of-season purchase.
The bags are the Pionnière and Cahier; the first is an on-trend saddle bag with the Prada insignia in golden metal, and the second is a rectangular flap shoulder bag with intricate hardware at the corners and closure. They're both shapes that have been largely absent from the brand's product assortment, and they should go a long way toward giving consumers the structural options they've come to expect from a top-tier leather brand. The two bags are currently available in select Prada flagships worldwide, including the brand's three Manhattan stores.
Those two weren't the only bags on Prada's runway, though. The show also prominently featured a new, simple east-west tote with accordion gussets that could very well shape up to be the brand's Sac de Jour. We don't know the tote's name yet, but it's in keeping with the can't-beat-'em-join-'em trend of brands doing their own takes on the iconic Birkin's structure. The bag is most often rendered in textured saffiano leather, which helps it hold on to a bit of Prada DNA. Check out it and all the other runway bags below.
[Photos via Vogue Runway]
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