2011 may be old news, but the fresh bag silhouettes to come out of it are anything but. Out of some of the most prominent fashion houses, new shapes came to the forefront, proving that what makes an “It” bag is not flash and logo-driven panache but innovation of shape and mood. Here, the top five bags that shaped our year. If 2011 is any indication, 2012 is set for a creative revolution!
1) Céline Trapeze: Just when we thought they couldn’t get any better, Céline took us by storm and unleashed one of the most covetable, animated, and stylish bags we could have imagined. An exaggerated shape has never looked so clever.
Available for $1,800.
2) Boy Chanel: What do you do when your bags are among the most iconic out there? Perform a little gender reversal for an all-out makeover. The Boy is boxy, square, and hard, with slick lines and hardware almost unrecognizable as Chanel. Subtle is the new sexy!
3) Balenciaga Padlock Shoulder Bag: Le Dix motorcycle be gone! It turns out all Balenciaga needed to do was strip itself down, reveal an extra-grainy leather (a hot color doesn’t hurt), and snap itself into an energetic square shape.
At Balenciaga for $1,595.
4) Lanvin Pochete Rabat Bag: Happy days are here again – but the Happy bag is on the way out! No chains and bows for this bag. With a sleek silhouette and impeccable stitching, I was thrilled to see Lanvin a little naked and very unencumbered, for a sense of chic that does the label justice.
On Ssense for $1,025 (from $2,050).
5) Valextra x Holmes & Yang: This year the two coolly chic labels met their match – each other! The collaboration led to one impossibly elegant union, via the two-tone satchel. The shape: classic and ladylike; the fuss – nonexistent; and the color pairing: eternally elegant.
At Barneys New York for $3,590.