As we hurtle into another new year at breakneck speed, another fresh crop of “must have” handbags is lying in wait – crouching in the sartorial tall grass, waiting to pounce on prospective buyers. It’s the one thing that can always be relied upon in an industry that thrives on newness; there will always be a next big thing. However, even those who occupy the inner circles of the fashion world sometimes miss and hit the wall when it comes to predicting which of a new crop of handbags is going to hit it big. As if to underscore the point, a look back at some of 2017’s more popular bags prove that in the handbag world, the most popular choice is not always the most predictable one.
The Return of the “Fanny Pack” Belt Bag
Known as “bum bags” by British brothers and sisters across the pond, the resurgence in popularity of these once-maligned early 90s staples was nothing short of stupefying to those who endured it the first time. Shown here, the Gucci Marmont Belt Bag, with a price tag of just under $1,000. Who knew that one of the biggest sartorial jokes in the history of fashion would end up commanding such a sum!
No, it’s not a DIY handkerchief tied in a knot…
But it certainly looks like it doesn’t it? Those who love a non-traditional handbag will likely recognize and defend this particular concoction from The Row, but to us, this Ascot Tote looks a lot like a bandana tied to the end of a train-hopping hobo’s stick. Much to everyone’s (okay, our) surprise, this bag was right up there with some of the most popular offerings of 2017! And yes it’s still available, so all this can be yours if you have an extra $1,000 – $1,700+ burning a hole in your pocketbook.
The Cheesemaker’s Dream!
While this $1,700+ Balenciaga Triangle Duffel Bag looks like something a professional caterer might use to transport a wedge of perfectly-aged Camembert to a dinner party, the unexpectedly-shaped bag literally flew off of the shelves when it was launched. While we give it good marks for being spacious, we do have some concerns about the gravitational pull that deep center of the triangle might have on the contents of our purses.
Balenciaga is a Spanish design house founded by Cristobal Balenciaga in 1914. Historically known for his fine couturier and eccentric “bubble skirts,” Balenciaga influenced designers like Coco Chanel and Christian Dior.
Alexander Wang is the Creative Director for Balenciaga, and you can see his influence in these moto-chic bags. These bags have been seen on countless celebrities and fashionistas, including Sienna Miller and Emmanuelle Alt, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris.
Though I wouldn’t wear any of this myself (besides that Replica handbag, of course) I really shouldn’t worry about what other people with think too much. I guess I should make this my new philosophy in life, don’t you agree?
I think this has to be my favourite of all of the spottings of her with the Balenciaga bags from this collection. I’m not sure if it’s the colour or size, or actual styling of Cara, but I want to be all over this designer Balenciaga handbag. It’s too bad that I can’t afford these prices, however I do have a way to get Balenciaga style for less!
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Bags already for a long time are not just simple accessories. Designer purses have their characters, their stories and some have even developed legends. Even if you buy a mass production satchel it will tell more than you expect about you – whether you have just bought it spontaneously or for practical reasons or saved up money for month to get the designer purse.
Some purses are not only fashion, but also status and wealth symbols. There are “It Bags” like classic Kelly bag or Chanel 2.55, and then there are Balenciaga Motorcycle and Chloe Marcie purse appealing to young fashionistas throughout the world. These are quite expensive handbags, but girls go crazy trying to get the latest celebrity looks as seen on TV.
If we look back into history, then initially the handbags were carried by men – they needed a sack made of leather or something similar to carry the whatever was hunted home. The first women handbags in the traditional sense are seen in 15th century and they are more like small pockets of fabric or sacks for carrying cash, small and beautifully embroidered pouches. What is also interesting – women carried these pouches under the skirt. Only after introduction of more tight skirts, the pouches and purses became the visible accessories made of silk, satin or trimmed leather and canvas.