Must-Have Bags for Fall 2015

Iconic bags like the quilted Chanel 2.55, the Hermes Birkin and Kelly, Gucci’s Jackie O hobo, Dior’s Lady Bag and Fendi’s baguette continue to sell well. But apart from these timeless pieces, what are the must-have bags for Fall 2015? Which bags best represent contemporary aesthetics, fulfill society’s expectations and capture people’s attention? The following bag trends from designer brand Fall 2015 collections may offer a hint or two:

(All runway images via IMAXTREE)

Bucket


Balenciaga | Burberry Prorsum | Salvatore Ferragamo

As Mansur Gavriel’s simplistic take continues to raid the fashion market, bucket bags were frequently seen on the runways in more structured versions. High-shine leather, suede and deeper compartments contribute to a sturdier construction, lending the easy-going silhouette a luxurious touch. The good thing about a bucket bag is that everything from jackets to laptops can fit.

Saddle


Chloé | Emilio Pucci | Tory Burch

Hee-haw! The saddle bag is back in the saddle. Led by Chloe’s fringed camel suede version, saddle bags were seen in big labels such as Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci, with embellishments like fringes, tassels and studs to amp their boho vibe.

Boxy


Alexander McQueen | Dolce and Gabbana | Louis Vuitton

It wasn’t a surprise seeing LV’s suitcase-inspired handbags – trunk is after all the brand’s origin – but D&G and Alexander McQueen have also joined the boxy parade. Hard cases, top handles and sturdy leather make these bags look very vintage.

Fringed


Altuzarra | Ralph Lauren | Rebecca Minkoff

Suede, fringe and a saddle silhouette go hand in hand this winter. Burberry Prorsum’s layered version wouldn’t tangle at all, while Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci’s fringe trim is long and dramatic. Altuzarra and Tory Burch strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality by adding tassels to the sides.

Studded


Alexander Wang | Altuzarra | Tory Burch

Studs lend an instant grunge appeal to your outfit. Apart from Alexander Wang’s studded backpack, we also have Roger Vivier’s studded bucket bag and Salvatore Ferragamo’s studded shoulder bag. If boxy bags sound too hard a case for you, these studded carriers will rock the tough look just fine.

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Japanese School Backpack (Randoseru)


Left: A typical Japanese randoseru
Right: Leather-style backpack from BeiBaoBao

Named randoseru, this leather style is traditionally the standard schoolbag for Japanese elementary school children but has recently taken Chinese families by storm. The truth is, each bag can weigh 1.5kg and its sturdy construction may not be very kid-friendly. Japanese children need them because their flaps are fitted with steel boards, which can be used to protect the child’s head during earthquakes. If this function isn’t necessary for you, why not opt for YesStyle’s lightweight but chic adult version?

Playnomore Kelly Bag


Left: Playnomore Shy Girl Bag
Right: Playnomore BB Cushion Whitening with Refill from Laneige

Compared to a US$1,0000 Hermes Kelly, this mock version from Korean luxury brand Playnomore is a lot more affordable and fun. Stylized with a pair of sequined eyes, the bag first rose to fame as K-pop stars such as Kim Hyo Yeon from Girl’s Generation and Suzy Bae from Miss A began carrying them. Playnomore partnered with skincare brand Laneige and launched a limited series of beauty products available on YesStyle.

Round Crossbody Bag


Left: D&G Majolica Print Round Glam Bag
Right: Genuine Leather Round Crossbody Bag from FROMBEGINNING

A round cross-body bag looks irresistibly cute when paired with a babydoll dress, and all the better with a Chinese accent!

Geometric Shopper Bag


Left: Bao Bao Issey Miyake Lucent Pro-1 Shopper Bag
Right: Geometric Wristlet with Shoulder Strap from Youshine

Even two years after it was first launched, Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao series is still super popular here in Hong Kong. Its foldable design is luxe enough for work and roomy enough for everyday use. Another noteworthy brand is Rouge and Lounge from Korea with Jun Ji Hyun as its spokesperson. The bags are characterized by a chevron design in the middle.

Canvas Tote


Left: Paul Smith “Cycling Jersey” Print Tote Bag
Right: Canvas Tote from BABOSARANG

A loose shirt, thick black-rimmed glasses, cuffed pants, oxfords and a camera are essential to the Hong Kong-style “mod look,” but it wouldn’t be complete without a canvas tote. I have one in my everyday bag for groceries since they’re chic, lightweight, foldable and relatively cheap.