I didn’t expect to see the decidedly formal, Hermès Kelly-adjacent top-handled flap bag making a comeback right now, however I assumption that’s my fault. In fashion, you should always expect the unforeseen when it comes to patterns (except for that period a couple years back where every season was more 70s-inspired than the last). As a concept, patterns are fundamentally reactionary phenomena, which means that as soon as we’ve hit one extreme, we should get prepared to hurtle toward another. Belt bags as well as other streetwear-inspired accessories, which are still at their peak popularity, may seen be providing method to a more full-grown style of bag.
The very first inkling I had that this may be happening was with the introduce of Hedi Slimane’s very first purse in his new function as innovative director of Céline, the Céline 16 Bag. It, like many of the bags Prada debuted on its spring 2019 runway last week, is a straightforward, simple riff on a traditional shape, with a narrow vertical closure the provides most of the design’s aesthetic focus. Prada’s runway contained a number of versions of this idea, with diverse closure widths as well as other details, however the collection’s standouts were trim frame bags with bar closures, which harkened back to the 1960s, when dressing was more formal.
The finest of the top handles, meanwhile, were versions that came in brilliant tie dyes, black-based with flashes of pink as well as neon green. That flourish made the traditional shapes feel more to life as well as appropriate in the present fashion landscape, as well as I’m hoping purchasers will lean heavily on those versions when it comes time to bring the collection to retail. You can inspect out all the runway bags below.
[Photos via vogue Runway]