Perhaps this spring is the hardest thing to decide on accessories.: designers are betting on huge bags, and on string bags in a mesh and on the already familiar straw baskets. We asked the experts what was on their wishlist - and what bags they are betting on this season.
Text: Anya Krotikova, Daria Knyazeva
editor-in-chief of Vogue Russia
Bags are going through tough times. Bloggers and Instagram blogs completely discredited the concept of "bags of the season", daily dumping dozens of pictures of awesome accessories on subscribers. On the one hand, I don’t want to spend a whole salary on a bag that was simply presented to many, on the other, I still want to find something cool. For example, I really like Bottega Veneta's dumpling clutch, but I won't spend 1900 euros on a bag that doesn't make me special.
I think many people want to buy "their" bag that meets their daily needs. For now, I prefer shoulder bags with two comfortable handles. I already have Céline, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Off-White, Helmut Lang, but the coolest are Prada nylon. You can go with them even to a meeting, even to a store, or even on a short business trip - I want to believe that the animals were minimally affected during their production. At the same time, I understand those who cannot resist the "little ones" Jacemus with a fringe.
This season, I would suggest looking at the comfortable, shapeless, baggy bags. As a basic option, models like the Loewe Bow or Prada are perfect - made of satin with a leather string bag. My favorite - Attico in satin with feathers - so as not to leave the party. Looks perfect with jeans and a white T-shirt. I would also not forget about retro style: the Ratio et Motus has a great double bag that looks like a grandmother's reticule.
I don't think that interest in expensive leather bags will disappear any time soon. At least I don't see such a trend. Of course, everyone chooses what suits him according to his budget and life position, but, in my opinion, bags and shoes should be of high quality and noticeable. Leather is a great material for this. Here are just very rare types of leather, I would refuse.
I myself will carry the Loewe fanny pack that was given to me for my last birthday. Belt bags are super convenient, I would not write them off.
For several seasons in a row young brands have been setting the direction in the field of accessories. In recent street reports, the number of heavy luxury and mid-priced niche brands has leveled off.
I notice such trends: complex architectural form, combined materials (for example, marble fittings), various combinations of color and texture of leather. Strict geometric bags are popular - cylinders or cubes with a rigid frame. Bucket bags in different versions and sizes are still relevant. Wicker bags made of all kinds of materials - beads, leather nets, macrame or crochet techniques, such as those at Loewe, Ulla Johnson, Cult Gaia - are also at their peak.
At the last shows, combinations of two bags at the same time often came across - useful for those who are used to carrying everything with them. I have already bought several models with different types of weaving: a geometric Gianni Versace bag and a belt.
There are quite a few models from the previous season that can be grabbed this spring. Until now, "buckets" like Marni's, belt bags, models made of wooden beads and any wicker bags are still relevant. Designers from Rochas to Chloé and Celine are also proposing a return to the logomania in accessories. You can look at a small, bright bag as from the 2000s - this trend is reinterpreted in the spring by several designers, for example Prada. You can look for the budget version on eBay or Avito. If you want something completely new, you can pay attention to microbags like Jacquemus.
It seems to me that spending money on fashionable bags today is not necessary: you can search for them in the mass market or support conscious consumption and look for similar models on the same Avito and in vintage stores.
editor-in-chief of The Blueprint
Large bags and backpacks are becoming more and more popular in the city: on the one hand, the number of girls who move around the city with a laptop is growing, on the other hand, people have begun to think more about posture and back health.
For the same reason - because of laptops - I think that the not-so-new trend “two bags” will become more and more popular: a large one for a computer, and a small one, because it is convenient to put a phone and change in it. And also because walking every day only with a backpack or a huge shopper is very annoying. So the meme-now Jacquemus micro bags have every chance to sell well!
Interest in expensive bags does not disappear, but the prices for high-quality materials and labor are growing every year, and accordingly, the prices for bags of large brands are also growing. On the other hand, they are crowded out by young brands - ideological followers of Mansur Gavriel, who come up with simple, understandable everyday models with characteristic details and a good choice of colors. These are Danse Lente, Wandler and a dozen other names, and from domestic ones - Fetiche or imakebags. They are more affordable and of good quality.
I myself plan to finally find the perfect backpack - I like the nylon Prada in the 1990s and the Japanese Porter and Wander. And I will continue, as before, carrying my laptop and the rest of my life in a big shopper.
chief editor of the "Beauty" section of the "Afisha Daily"
In my opinion, it's time to forget about bags made of straw and raffia - there were so many of them last summer that, leaving the cafe, you can easily confuse your basket with someone else's. No less summer alternative - weightless "cobwebs" like Jil Sander. You can't hide secrets in them, but there is a chance to limit yourself to only the most necessary - your back will be grateful to you.
Opponents of minimalism and cleaning according to the precepts of Marie Kondo, designers have prepared huge bags-trunks. A good option for those who like to get out of town for a weekend or short trips abroad. Look for them from Acne Studios, Kwaidan Editions, or Rejina Pyo, and lift-up alternatives from Mango and COS.
Personally, the closest to me are the lighter versions of backpacks - bag bags like the ones in which we wore the school shift. A good option for going out and for going to the grocery store. I found mine from the Korean brand Curetty and managed to test its strength with three packs of hummus and a bunch of bananas.
I closely follow the nostalgic trend - the bag-baguette from the 90s. If mules with glass-heels, floral dresses and short cardigans evoke fond memories, it's time to scour the mezzanine and mom's wardrobe in search of a long bag (with special luck - Louis Vuitton) or go to one of the vintage stores. And for the busy, there is always Zara.
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