IT’S IN THE BAG
Handbag Trends for Spring
Text by Kathryn Brooks
Unlike ready-to-wear, jewelry, and shoes, bag trends tend to be a bit more transient. Remember Jacquemus’s 2018 mini bag was everywhere until it wasn’t; pillow bags nearly defined 2019; and 2020’s extreme logo mania eventually gave way to restraint. Of course, there are classic exceptions to the rule, like Chanel’s iconic 11.12 Bag, Christian Dior’s Lady Dior Bag, or the ever-popular Birkin. But spring 2022’s biggest bag trends shift from of-the-moment to timelessly archival and everything in between. Here are six trends that ruled the runways.
BRIGHT & BOLD
We’re all excited by the bright and bold colors of Spring/Summer ‘22, which are present across all categories including bags. We have Bottega Veneta’s lime-green bag partly to thank for the uptick in the trend. Other bright hues are everywhere, including periwinkle blue, tangerine orange, sunshine yellow, and fuchsia pink.
Now that we’re on the other side of “logo mania,” some luxury brands are returning to their iconic roots. Gucci has been turning to its vintage archival designs and re-creating them in new ways. We love how it reworked the Jackie bag. And, a nod to Saint Laurent, who’s also looking to its vintage archives to bring back key styles in new and exciting modern iterations.
BIGGER IS BETTER
If you thought the idea of schlepping a carryall would stay in 2000’s, think again. Woven shoppers, basket bags, and oversized totes from the likes of The Row, Proenza Schouler White Label, and Loewe’s XL Flamenco bag are all trending, with gals once again looking for practicality (or carrying everything they own) in their handbags.
There’s an increased interest in leather alternative handbags that have a reduced environmental impact. Stella McCartney’s mushroom leather bags have become a vegan alternative, and brands like Santos, which makes bags from cactus leather, and Junes, which incorporates plastic waste into cute biodegradable mesh totes prove that sustainability is more than just a trend.
Typically the hobo-inspired handbag has a soft or flexible body that forms a characteristic moon-shaped curve in the middle between the two ends of the strap. In the ‘90s, this slouchy style was shown as a shoulder bag. The modern take has the crescent moon shape also fashioned as a mini, handheld variation.
There’s been no shortage of handbags adorned with metal chains in seasons past, but this year, it’s everywhere. We have Bottega Veneta to thank for passing the most recent torch to brands like Sonya Lee, Kara, and Blumarine that embrace big, bold silver- and gold-colored hardware.