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Prada Launched Two Big New Bags on Its Fall 2016 Runway and They’re Available Now

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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missarewa
missarewa
8 years ago

Still a no. Prada needs to stay away from Saffiano and go back to the upside down triangle logo. The bold gold letters remind me of the fake bags of gold souk in Dubai.

Suzanne
Suzanne
8 years ago

Not a big fan of anything here. Many of them seem incredibly over-detailed – I suppose that’s the trend but I keep waiting for some brand to do it well.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
8 years ago

All I see is Saint Laurent and Coach.

lavinia
lavinia
8 years ago

Both came after Prada and copied Prada. 🙂

Misscheng
Misscheng
8 years ago

I see a SDJ crossed with a Celine Boxy…

Passerine
Passerine
8 years ago

Agree with you about Saint Laurent. The one bag looks too much like a Sac du Jour copy. A shame, because I do like Prada.

Bir
Bir
8 years ago
Reply to  Passerine

considering that as it was mentioned on the post the sac du jour is a strong take on the Birkin it really comes down to what happened in another generation of bags Hermes had the bolide then Vuitton did the lama Hermes had the Birkin then YSL did the SDJ Goyard had the st. Louis so Vuitton did the neverful and then teres celine and the trapeze basically a Kelly Hermes did the trim Gucci does the Jackie and calls it the Jackie when in fact the trim was jackies most loved every day bag for decades…….. i see a pattern here and it usually satrts with Hermes doing something great and the others following…. lets not forget the HAC and the steamer the the polochon and the Speedy and i think in the end thats why Hermes does and the rest follow.
THE ISSUE IS PRADA HAD ITS OWN IDENTITY I LOVE THE PAST AND HOPE IT COMES BACK !!!

Kate
Kate
8 years ago
Reply to  Bir

Periods and commas might have made this readable … Due to having given up on trying to decipher an intelligible thought in this stream of consciousness, I’m not sure if what you’re saying is that Hermes is the only trendsetter and the rest imitators, but if so that gets only a dubious chuckle from me, because no.

Shang
Shang
8 years ago
Reply to  Bir

Like CarnW said, Hermes is not the only trendsetter in the group. All these labels generally create their own trend at some point. You talk as if Hermes is the only label that comes up with new designs. Remember Louis Vuitton pretty much introduced to us the bucket bag (noe). Then Hermes followed suit

CarnW
CarnW
8 years ago
Reply to  Bir

Don’t agree at all that Hermes is the only trendsetter in the bunch. That’s a very narrow and, IMO, inaccurate take.

kate
kate
8 years ago

They’re so similar with Miu Miu styles. I know Prada owns Miu Miu but it would be nice if there’s a distinction between the two.

Queen B
Queen B
8 years ago

some of the bags have the same structure as the chloe drew bag, i wish that prada would’ve been more original with this collection tbh..

Sparky
Sparky
8 years ago

mmmmmmm…no

DayDreamer
DayDreamer
8 years ago

the first bag looks like a cross between an LV city steamer and a YSL sac de jour

Charlie
Charlie
8 years ago

It’s a very boring collection and nothing exciting. On the other hand, I don’t know if it’s a good trend to have “runway today, shop tomorrow”…

mparker
mparker
8 years ago

In my opinion, this is a big swing and a miss for Prada.
I agree with DayDreamer below there – definitely a little hybrid action between LV city streamer and YSL SDJ.
Perhaps a little coach saddle bag action going on in there too.

lavinia
lavinia
8 years ago

I love Prada but to be honest it does not shine for originality this “bag fashion show”, the saddle bag is a must-have already since this season (seen and re-seen), the other bags are less or more the same leitmotiv, some of them quite boring. I see with pleasure the come-back of nylon which has been here in Italy the “it” one this winter because every single suitcase designer has finally understood that suitcase needs to be light – finally-and launched the nylon suitcase now everywhere here in Milan in our shops. 🙂

Freya
Freya
8 years ago

Never been a Prada fan and never will be.

Amazona
Amazona
8 years ago

One design looks like it came straight from the Coach factory.
I do like the bag in slide 4, but the fact is it doesn’t look like Prada at all. Maybe that’s the reason I like it.
The SDJ lookalike is like a downmarket copy of the real thing – the shiny saffiano looks thick and cheap.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
8 years ago

What is this? A bad take on the American West? Just No. I was a Prada girl and have jumped ship. They need to work on better designs and quality to win their fans back. This isn’t that direction.

W S M
W S M
8 years ago

The top handle totes remind me of a hybrid Vuitton Steamer/Saint Laurent SDJ lovechild.

L.O.
L.O.
8 years ago

If this is boring and every other article is boring, en what are you looking for in a bag?! Because all I ever see is the same bags over and over in the streets. Rarely do I see anything that is a runway piece or a limited collection that’s not a Neverfull with a different color strip on it walking the streets. Same bags all day, City Bag, Speedy, Prada Tote, Celine Tote… You get the point. And what makes Birkin so special? It’s a flimsy loose tired looking bag unless sitting pretty on a self stuffed to hold shape. I say good for Prada in trying to branch out

EJ
EJ
7 years ago

I just bought Cahier two tone brown black one. It’s gorgeous.