Form and function must reach a balanced agreement when it comes to handbags. One cannot be sacrificed for the other, and although today there are a plethora of tiny micro bags on the market – such as the Marc Jacobs miniature necklace bag – our bags must to fulfil their duty: holding necessities, while also looking on-trend and complimenting seasonal wardrobes.
For FW 2018, there are a number of hot new trends to look out for. When it comes to straps, this season returns to tradition, with gold and silver chain mail, metal straps proving a look du jour. Santiago Carballo has some gorgeous black and white striped bags and fanny-packs sporting dainty yet elegant straps, while Tom Ford went the strong feminist route with chunky silver straps on Pussy Power purses. Balenciaga brought an urban edge with a chunky bike-lock chain and Versace featured long gold straps adorned with circular gold accents.
Logo heavy bags are also big this season. Fendi combined trends with a waterproof bag emblazoned with the Fendi 'F' and complete with a conventional chain strap. The label covered Dior saddle bag is back, and both Gucci and Vuitton have new signature logo-heavy bags for FW. Balenciaga’s white gym bags with bright neon yellow labels have a retro contemporary vibe, while Givenchy’s label-adorned vertical duffel bags offered a more sophisticated, mature and understated option.
Size isn’t always everything when it comes to handbags and on opposite ends of the spectrum, both the oversized tote bag, as well as the compact belt-bag and mini drawstring purse are all hot looks this season. Big brands like Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Gucci are proof that the belt-bag isn’t going anywhere, while hold-all extra-large totes can still be chic with options from Burberry, Commes Des Garçons Balenciaga and Dior. The Lanvin bags were good (especially the straps with built-in phone holders).