So far in our Fall 2012 Trend Week, we’ve talked a lot about trends with big personality – fur, giant studs, jeweled embellishments, velvet and calf hair. The question, of course, is how do designers manage to take those bold ideas and translate them into something wearable and chic instead of kitschy and silly? For fall, the answer seems to be all about the Minimal Shapes on which those embellishments appear.

Clean, efficient lines are the thing that makes all of the season’s other trends work, so that’s why we’re closing out or seasonal roundup with some of the best basics that the runways have to offer. These shapes provide a strong, modern canvas on which embellishment and detail can take center stage, but by themselves, the effect is still pretty nice.

Look forward to Fall 2012…

Shop the trend now…

Reed Krakoff Gym Bag, $1490 via Net-a-Porter

Jil Sander Market Textured Leather Bag, $1350 via Net-a-Porter

Victoria Beckham Leather Shoulder Bag, $1250 via Net-a-Porter

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag, $750 via Barneys

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bianca Leather Envelope Clutch, $300 via Net-a-Porter

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Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Marie Martell

    Beautiful shapes and design. Love how simple but gorgeous they look.

  • klynneann

    Love the nail (and bag) color in the Dior image.

  • 19yearslater

    I really like the updated frame bags.

  • Prada and Chloe are my two favorites.  I love that Prada frame bag.  I know it’s simplistic but it’s also timeless.

  • Abbi

    What i love most about the minimalist trends is how all the bags look beautiful-theres not one bag in this post that i would not wear!

  • Maerxon

    wheres louis vuitton??????? =(((

  • I hope this trend lasts for a long while! I love how the minimalist design just lets the color take center stage. Less is always more!