Fashion Month has officially been over, and while it's always sad to see one of the industry's most inspiring times come to an end, it also means we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming!
Over the course of the previous month, we've covered everything from the best street style in New York, Milan, and Paris to assessments of collections from Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and more.
While we usually have a pretty decent notion of what's hot and what's not, it's during fashion month that all of our forecasts are confirmed. While there was a lot of newness on the runways (for example, the florals at Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Dior), it was tough to overlook that some of the handbag world's hottest trends right now were still reigning supreme.
Through 2022, the trends we've liked (and despised) will remain in place. So let’s take a look at some of them.
Continue reading to learn about the season's top handbag trends from global highlights and a diverse range of creative designers. These bags are worth the wait, whether it's thanks to eye-catching textures and bold silhouettes, or a slew of new colorways and prints.
Autumn often ushers in a rebirth of texture — wool, fur, and shearling — and this year's handbags were no exception. It's unsurprising that it feels like the perfect piece to wear during the colder months of the year, and designers like Chanel, Altuzarra, and Ulla Johnson have sparked the trend.
The bucket bag, a treasured classic, returns to the spotlight this season (and with great versatility). The palette is neutral — browns, creams, and black — with modest design touches like piping and trimmings adding extra pizzazz. It's also the ideal investment piece because you know it'll never go out of style.
Designers enhanced this hands-free bag for autumn with variants ranging from woven materials like those seen at Off-White and Altuzarra to elegant leather satchels like those shown at Gabriela Hearst.
A diverse array of backpack styles that suggest a 'return to school' atmosphere, rather than a single silhouette, reign supreme.
Oversized hobo bags have been popular in recent seasons, but they have shrunk in size for the fall season. Rich hues and fall patterns are further distinguishing features that make the silhouette a perennial favorite.
With its circular metalwork and warm brown tone, Chloe's braided version feels like an especially fitting beginning to fall.
Camera strap bags were seen on the runways this season, and they were both athletic and nostalgic. The broad strap adds a distinctive touch to every bag, whether it's romantic lavender from Stella McCartney or textured silver from Givenchy.
The logo tote is making a comeback for autumn, with designers from all around the world debuting their take on the distinctive piece. Take Chanel's rainbow colored tweed tote with the brand's name sewn on the front, for example.
Or the beautiful floral pattern with the house name stitched across the middle by Christian Dior. It's great for work, but even better on weekends - it's a mainstay from Sunday to Saturday.
Saddle bags were seen all over the runways, reminding everyone how timeless this style really is. The vibe was decidedly '70s, while remaining current and natural enough to apply to a contemporary setting.
Designers demonstrated the power of a printed purse for fall. Pattern is a low-lift method to add dimension and energy to any outfit.
This is the kind of piece you'll come back to year after year, thanks to slightly unexpected colorways and materials that feel like your favorite wallpaper.
Yes, you can expect to see metallic purses on the runways at any time of year. Designers offered metallic-material designs for fall that felt less like a festive party piece and more like an everyday staple. As a result, This high-shine material is seen in a new light.
Consider the following scenario: it's autumn, the temperature is decreasing, and your coat isn't cutting it. The fuzzy purse is a stylish accessory that also serves as a source of warmth. With so many designers dealing with faux fabrications these days, it's an easy choice.
It's always a lot of fun to hunt down the season's most Instagrammable prints and motifs, and this fall, there were a lot of geometric patterns strewn across handbags of all shapes and sizes. This is the next generation of checkerboard prints.
A fresh form or print isn't required for every handbag trend; occasionally a classic can be just as appealing. For the instance of the front flap bag, it was featured in various high-end collections, including those by Proenza Schouler and Jil Sander.
Opt for one of the fall's hottest handbag styles, enormous, for an item that feels larger than life. In New York, Brandon Maxwell's lavish suede tote began things off, and as each city showcased its collections, these gigantic bags made a mark on the catwalk.
When pillow clutches first appeared, it was no surprise that the public soon adopted the trend. Now, for the fall season, a similar plush item — puffy and padded bags — takes center stage. Consider it a really stylish sleeping sack that you'd like to turn into a purse.
Give your wardrobe a retro feel with one of the many trendy bowler bags available this season. It's a terrific everyday staple with short handles and a horizontal form that can also be used for after-work supper or beverages.
A fresh form or print isn't required for every handbag trend; occasionally a classic can be just as appealing. In the instance of the front flap bag, it was featured in various high-end collections, including those by Proenza Schouler and Jil Sander.
Last but definitely not least. Chunky chains, which have always been a striking look, were once again dominant for autumn. It wasn't all about the typical silver or gold metal this time, either.
Loewe's runway featured saturated orange links, comparable to the chains on Stella McCartney's brightly colored bags. Tortoiseshell chain links established tortoiseshell as a must-have at Fendi.