Thanks to street style and social media, fashion trends change with such rapid speed nowadays, it means they come back around as fast as they go. Who can keep track? That’s why you shouldn’t ever get rid of anything you love. If it’s feeling tired, just put it in the back of your closet and store it for another day. Don’t be afraid to look ahead, either…to right now! Get ahead of the fashion flock and shop the trends from Spring 2016 runways now.
Loewe, Altuzarra, Céline
Bucket Bags: Not since Jane Birkin emerged on the 1960s scene with her (actual) straw buckets has this laissez-faire-turned-versatile shape been so popular. The original bucket bag dates back to the early turn of the 20th century, when reticules were all the rage. By 1962, Coach had appointed Bonnie Cashin as head designer. Inspired by paper shopping bags, she created several iterations of the style, as did Hermès who opted out of a drawstring style in favor of a true leather bucket.
1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Small Soleil Bucket Bag (on Farfetch for $1,328)
2. J.W. Anderson Bucket Bag (on Farfetch for $1,407)
3. Anya Hindmarch Vaughan Bucket Bag (on Farfetch for $1,121)
4. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Jane Small Bucket Bag (at Barneys New York for $625)
Balenciaga, Chloé, Loewe
Fringe: With return of bell-bottoms and all things ’70s, invariably arrives the return of the fringe. But there’s nothing new about fringe, from the freewheeling, cocktail dress-wearing flappers of the Roaring Twenties to the traditional suede jackets worn by Native Americans (and later Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley), fringe has alternately connoted glamour, rock ‘n’ roll, and earthiness. However you interpret it, go ahead, indulge, and swish-swish away.
1. Altuzarra Ghianda Knot Large Hobo (at Barneys New York for $2,695)
2. Saint Laurent Black Leather Fringed Small Mignon Bag (on Ssense for $1,790)
3. Burberry Prorsum Mini Bee Fringed Suede Shoulder Bag (on MATCHESFASHION.com for $2,129)
4. Chloé Hudson Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag (at Bergdorf Goodman for $2,150)
Gucci, Boss, Giambattista Valli
Patchwork: Speaking of the seventies, you might as well go all out and channel your inner Raggedy Ann with plenty of patchwork. Also known as “pieced work,” the technique dates back as far as ancient Egypt, China’s earliest eras, and the Middle Ages, when layers of fabric were sewn together to keep soldiers warm. Now patchwork is less about quilts and practicality and more about a bohemian, crafty-meets-chic attitude.
1. Paula Cademartori Alice 70′ Patchwork Leather Bag (at Luisa via Roma for $2,045)
2. Proenza Schouler Patchwork Snakeskin Pouch (on MACTHESFASHION.com for $826)
3. Fendi 2Jours Patchwork Stingray Tote (on The RealReal for $2,500)
4. Valentino Camonjour Patchwork Suede & Leather Bag (on Luisa via Roma for $3,895)
Alexander Wang, Fendi, Louis Vuitton
Edgy Embellishments: Bring on the opulence! Embellished bags are looking more, well, embellished than ever, so when you’re feeling decadent, this is where to look. The first bedecked bags made their appearance on the European bridal bags of the 17th century, which featured the groom’s coat of arms or enameled depictions of the marrying couple. A century later, women with extra time on their hands would cultivate their needlework skills and add embellishments to their own pouches. Luckily, we have designers to do that for us these days!
1. Alberta Ferretti Embellished Crossbody Bag (on Farfetch for $1,068)
2. Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-Embellished Ginevra Shoulder Bag (at Barneys New York for $2,995)
3. Alexander Mcqueen Black And Green Harness Knuckle Clutch (on Ssense for $2,595)
4. Valentino Mini Embellished Shoulder Bag (at Neiman Marcus for $2,945)
Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel
Box: You know how much we love a good box bag. For us, this is a perennial trend, so splurge on an investment piece or grab one of our Jewel boxes. The little, rigid clutch came about in the early Victorian era, when women traded up their silk and velvet pouches for dressier pieces made by aesthetically-minded silversmiths. By the 1930s, the minaudière had come about, which is defined as “an accessory generally considered a jewelry piece intended to substitute for an evening bag.” Now they work for day just as well as evening, but it’s no wonder they’re so appealing to the eyes.
1. Givenchy Mini Pandora Box Shoulder Bag (on Farfetch for $1,419)
2. MCM Studded Box Tote (on Farfetch for $1,381)
3. Carven Bar Pin Box Tote (on Farfetch for $507)
4. Alexander McQueen Cage Snake Shoulder Bag (on NET-A-PORTER for $2,295)
Jason Wu, Michael Kors Collection, Altuzarra
Saddle: The hippie favorite is back with a vengeance. We can thank Hermès for the presence of the off-the-ranch style; the original Kelly, initially called the Sac à dépêches, was an actual saddle holder for horseback-riding. Later re-appropriated even further by all-American designers like Ralph Lauren, it evolved into a rugged staple for casually-minded Snobs. In recent seasons, especially now, it’s received an upgraded makeover and shows no sign of slowing down.
1. Jil Sander Robin Saddle Bag (at Barneys New York for $1,820)
2. Chloé Marcie Mini Leather Saddle Bag (at Bergdorf Goodman for $795)
3. Rebecca Minkoff Astor Laser-Cut Leather Saddle Bag (at Neiman Marcus for $295)
4. The Row Sideby Suede Shoulder Bag (at Neiman Marcus for $2,550)
Photos: Vogue Runway, Indigitalimages.com