Back from Paris and still high from it all, I’m going to do a quick recap of all the lovely bags I personally experienced while attending some of the F/W11 shows. Which isn’t exactly the easiest thing since everything happened in a flash on the runway and was over before you knew it. Still, I saw enough to know what I like (and not like) so without further ado, here are my thoughts.
Loewe showed a variety of handbags, shoulder slings and tiny trunks (meant for cosmetics) on the runway, they were all good. And in my heart I know Stuart Vevers will have a winning season for the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Loewe collection as far as the bags are concerned. After all, who can resist the reinterpreted May that’s now boxy and adorable?
Besides the boxy May, there is also a May shoulder sling, and another in gorgeous blue crocodile. Stunning if you ask me.
Louis Vuitton (and in particular Marc Jacobs) does it again with a spectacle of bags that ran the gamut of styles. Featuring the reinterpreted Lockit (just as some seasons ago we saw the reinterpreted Speedy), they came down the runway in various shapes, some covered in the lushest of exotics.
Besides the ones in exotic skins, other reinvented Lockit bags also included some with a clasp frame (very ladylike), a tiny clutches, oversized clutches, and even some covered with fur. Not that I’m into S&M or whatever, but the runway show also featured leather bracelets doubling up as handcuffs, as a nod to Marc’s themes of fetish and fashion for the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Louis Vuitton collection.
Phoebe Philo can seem to do no wrong. Her pared-down runway bags for the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Céline collection are set to become huge hits, even if they only consist of a doctor’s bag, a clutch and an iPad case. Having seen them all during the resee, they are truly magnificent, with the iPad case being my favourite of the 3.
Besides being visually understated, it also packs a secret on the inside which I can’t yet reveal. I also saw the other bags from Céline’s F/W11 collection and they are stunning! In addition, I took snapshots of the new totes (Luggage Shopper Phantom and the Jelly Cabas) but that’s as much as I can say for the moment.
Now on to Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld didn’t show as many bags as I would have liked for the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Chanel runway presentation, but that’s ok. Those that did appear weren’t too bad, one a shoulder bag that came with a new clasp design and thick heavy chain in colours like black, white and bi-coloured in shades of grey.
A piece that I liked were the round, little, quilted hand purses, just big enough for your bare essentials, and definitely big enough to make that Chanel statement. Right where all your jealous friends would be able to see it.
Next, we’ve got the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Dior runway pieces (which will also now be officially known as John Galliano’s swansong collection). While I’m not sure if his sudden departure had to do with what was finally presented on the runway, it seems that when shown together, they looked to be an absolute mess.
Instead of showing a totally new bag and reinterpreting another, there seemed to be more styles than the variety of macarons available at Ladurée, which is not always a good thing. The Lady Dior looked only minimally reworked, the shoulder bag uninspiring. The huge hobo with the huge bow tied in front? Now don’t even get me started on it.
Last but not least, Miu Miu. Miuccia Prada presented huge granny clasp purses for the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Miu Miu runway show which I really adored. Held under the arm, they came down the runway in various colours and materials, all topped off with a giant gold-tone clasp. Unexpected, but divine.
What did you like (and from whom) the most?
And before I forget, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all 6 houses (Céline, Chanel, Dior, Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu) who extended show invites to me in Paris. It’s a great honour and an experience I won’t soon forget.