By: Morgan Robinson
Your Fall Fashion Commandments have Arrived!
Every year, time flies by unsuspectingly, and eventually our much loved summer wardrobe begs to be replaced with a chic, autumn arsenal. Thankfully, the almighty September issue of Vogue arrives just in time to help us navigate through the latest fall trends. This year’s issue entitled “Forces of Fashions” especially provokes us to pay attention to the major changes in the industry influenced by celebrities, social media, and entertainment. The whole 832-page issue right from the sultry cover of Beyoncé to the Last Look is one big visual feast scattered with our favorite stars. However, let’s dive in and dissect what we’ve all been dying to know – what direction are bags heading in this season?
Take a look at this issue’s bag highlights and see if you’re on board for the upcoming trends:
#1 - Structured Silhouttes
Boxier bags with clean-cut silhouettes have skyrocketed this year. Structured bags this season seem to have two distinct looks: girly or practical. Bags like the Louis Vuitton Dora or Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily are very retro and have a more feminine appeal and charm, despite their rigid lines. On the other hand, bags like the Prada Inside Bag and MCM Munich Satchel have chic, boxy shapes, but look more utilitarian since they mimic duffle or travel bags more than traditional purses. Most of these bags feature big top-handles, which is another big trend.
Louis Vuitton Dora Tote Bag
Prada Inside Bag
Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag
MCM Munich Satchel
#2 - Touchable Textures
Plain leather is a cop out! Designers this season are livening up bags by playing with texture and other exterior decorations. Suede is a huge trend this year, and can give a luxurious or even rustic feel to a bag depending on the style. Fringe is another trend that is making a comeback this season. Fringe bags can bring a light, fresh element to your look during the fall when you may be weighed down by other layers. Give your look movement and dynamism with fringe flair or unique materials to avoid getting into a cold weather slump.
Altuzarra Ghianda Bullrope Hobo Bag
Burberry Suede Fringe Bucket Bag
Givenchy Shark Top Handle Bag
Vince Camuto Joni Suede Crossbody Bag
#3 Chic & Chained
Flap, clutch, and wallet on chain style bags are being adorned with chunky chains this season for a more edgy look. The Dior and Louis Vuitton bags featured in Vogue play up on the edgy look with their fun graphic, artistic designs. A flap bag with a bold design can serve as a statement piece, and also be sleek enough to blend seamlessly into the rest of your look.
Dior Diorama Bag (Calfskin) – $3,400 via Dior Boutiques
Louis Vuitton Twist
Louis Vuitton GO-14
The Fall Verdict
One consistent theme throughout this season seems to be renovation. Classic bags have been re-introduced with sleeker shapes and different textures. There’s been a lot of retro inspiration from the 70’s and even 50’s throughout bags and clothing. In this September issue, Vogue truly represented that fashion icons power on trends in the moment, but creation and fashion only moves forward with inspiration from the past.
Tips to help you explore more trends this seasons:
- As we’ve discovered, some handbags this season may look a little funky. Go out of your comfort zone and buy at least one eclectic item! Try considering a bag that you weren’t initially in love with at first.
- Experiment with materials and patterns – the bolder the better.
- Find a great everyday that will fit all your needs, literally. Mini bags still hold reign this year and are useful in their own right. However, fall is a busy season for most, so having a bigger, structured bag at your side may be more practical.