For Spring 2019, Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière fashioned a promenade at the Louvre to transport guests to a new and imagined world. His look to the future was full of shapely handbag options. Circles, rectangles, squares . . . oh my. Cylinders, trapezoids, cubes galore. More structured than not, with reference to the House’s history in luggage, the bags were made in classic monogram, leather and exotic, handled and strapped (and sometimes both).
It's Circle Time
Let’s start with the round . . . as they weren’t the uber-popular à la mode petite boîte chapeau (hat box), but rather more of a closed turtle shell. Interestingly, the bag closed with a zipper, not a kiss lock (as we might have expected). With slightly oversize double handles and a chain strap, the bag was shown in monogram, single and bi-color exotics, large and small. A full range of options.
It's Hip to Be Square-ish: Luggage and Ladylike Rules
The luggage theme kicks in when you get to the four-cornered bags – cubes, squares and rectangles. The petit malle went exotic, cubes were both neutral and colorful, and one resembled a vertical attaché case (or, perhaps more accurately, a blown up eye trunk phone case). We saws lots of exotics (or exotic-looking) ladylike purses albeit with a futuristic edge.
If you’re really into different, take a look at the bicone/rhombus (at least that’s what we think it is) created by putting two shallow cones base to base. We may not remember geometry but unique we can identify.
More traditional shapes included zip-around vanity case-styles and structured hand-held and shoulder flap bags.
Do you see any of these bags in your future?