FW18 handbag trends describe the season’s hottest accessory

Fall trends proposed ultra-feminine silhouettes and tulle alongside structured layers and leather. We know that light layering and scarves are the season’s uniform du jour, so now it’s time to test-drive the accessory that truly characterises a look - the bag!

From structured box bags to furry miniatures and animal print, expect both practical and whimsical options this season. Go luxe, lush or capacious with these choices straight off the runway:

The box bag, made popular by Mark Cross and Louis Vuitton, made a reappearance this season at Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors. Structured bags are a great way to instantly polish your look: channel the 50’s with these choices, great for brunch or cocktail hour.

Faux fur and animal print
Coats will not be our only furry companions in chillier weather - we’re happy to welcome faux fur, a socially conscientious statement that is hopefully here to stay. Alexander Wang, Vivienne Hu and Chanel are amongst the first movers of this shift.

Animal prints continued to dominate collections; Loewe and Phillip Lim featured the classic pattern in new and exciting ways.

Miniature bags have long been the choice for the fashion forward but this season it was all about their oversized cousin. Victoria Beckham and Balenciaga brought fall comfort with carry-alls that could fit a kitchen sink, and then some.

Belt and necklace bags
The fanny pack has been pervading our social media feeds and it looks like the trend is here to stay. Be Instagram ready with these offerings from Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Gucci.

The latest in hands-free fashion? Necklace bags, of course. Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Giambattista Valli and Jacquemus gave us micro-fashion options that combined jewelry and bags - the ultimate 2-in-1!

With Tom Ford premiering rhinestone bags, it looks like 80s sparkle is set to lighten up long, winter evenings. Moschino and Louis Vuitton’s sequins joined the glitter party, on collections that are ideal for cocktail evenings.

Logomania hasn’t been this big since Paris Hilton circa the early 2000s. From ‘F’ for Fendi to Dior’s distinctive lettering, labels ranged from blink-and-you-miss-’em to loud and proud. Pick wisely for a wardrobe that ‘displays’ your personality!

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