The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week: From Italy, with Lust

2015-11-25 fashion Other Brands

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

Trust the Italians to bring a sense of magic to the runway. While the level of craftsmanship is always elevated, it’s their flair for the nonchalantly fantastical that makes the Milan runways a standout. At Fendiicon, a single clutch pretty much sums up the new season. Karl Lagerfeld, never one to let us know what to expect, planted a striking bird-of-paradise flower in each of the bags – which, happily, put the show’s emphasis on the well-deserving accessories. (And let us know the habit of accessorizing our accessories is only gaining traction.) Styles clean, architectural, and undeniably classic that boast artsy accents, sudden bursts of color, patchwork and ombré effects, and panels of chunky beaded embellishments make for a mood that’s trendsetting with a heavy dose of whimsy, one that will satisfy editors and street bloggers alike.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

Leave it to Miuccia to go for an utmost juxtaposition. She described Prada’s Fall ’15 collectionicon as “sweet…but violent,” and she played with a candy shop’s palette of pastels, as well as some technical, digital-inspired patterns. It’s the deconstructed bag-within-a-bag that really captured my attention: color pairings like nude with Pepto-Bismal pink and clay blue with olive green ensure you’ll leave the outer portion unzipped to reveal the contrast.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

It’s a new era at Gucciicon, one now led by Alessandro Michele, and it shows. The revamped Gucci girl is eccentric, eclectic, and unafraid of all things sheer. And unsexy, for that matter! It’s a symbol of her newfound confidence, and so are the bags in her hand: structured and emphatic, they speak of the leather goods of Gucci’s heritage. The canvas, double-G chain-strap bag is back, now with tough hardware, and so is the sense of attitude.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

Dolce & Gabbanaicon paid homage to the matriarch of every Italian family, as well as mothers everywhere, with their collection. Not only did it make for a warm and poignant show, it made for some fanciful and elegant bags. Brooch-inspired embellishments might give grandma’s closet a little too much attention, but the miniaturized boxy top-handles, some in lizard, others coated in Art Deco-inspired crystal motifs, are definite winners. Finally, Tomas Maier was craving graphic structure and spotty, mod-derived patterns over at Bottega Venetaicon, which gave way to saturated, colorblocked takes on their heralded bags. Switching their trademark intrecciato over to the lining, for a smooth shell, complete with origami-folded gussets, makes for a cool twist, and so do the front-flap and ombré-effect alligator top handles. The colors may be lighthearted and bright, but the message is serious luxury all the way.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

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