Come summer, even as we peel away layers to increase vitamin D absorption, we want to add a few new pieces as well. For a quick update that won’t block the sunshine, pick up one of these new handbag styles we spotted on the streets of NYC. Whether it’s a jaunty straw circle or a cool isosceles, these new bag shapes are the perfect place to store your sunscreen and sunnies.
Photos by Crystal Nicodemus
As winter draws to a close, the time has come to make some critical updates to your handbag collection. Luckily, the street styles of Fashion Week have left us with plenty of inspiration. For spring, we’re drawn to the bags that make a statement—aesthetically, culturally, satirically and literally—and lots of Gucci. Below, our top 10 styles from the streets of New York, London, Milan and Paris to help you transition your accessories wardrobe.
Fashion is more fun with British designer Anya Hindmarch around. Her runway shows are legendary for their theatrical, inexplicable settings: human conveyor belts, enormous domino mazes, true model homes, barren geometric spaces. She is outspoken, down-to-earth, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on account of her many contributions to fashion. She has a reputation for crafting curiously covetable accessories. (Her “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” tote took on a life of its own in the aughts.) She frequently stages crazy window displays in her stores, which can become guerrilla art installations in public spaces—like her Chubby Hearts over London series this London Fashion Week. And her quirky bag charms can be found on many street-style stars’ totes.
Now you can step into her unique process by creating your own bag through her Build a Bag collection. The online experience lets you select the leather color, bag strap and accessories to construct a custom creation and be an innovative bag designer in your own right—maybe even earning a medal, or at least treating yourself to a bag charm.
We spoke with the iconoclastic Hindmarch about her career, the Build a Bag program (including her own zany, luxurious purse) and why humor is so important to fashion.
Looking for a dream date for New Year’s Eve? One that will show up looking stylish, be by your side throughout the night, complement your outfit and help pay for drinks? Our no-fail suggestion is to treat yourself to a new handbag. That’s right, a pretty clutch will hold your hand while carrying your keys and lipstick.
And to go with your ideally suited accessory we’ve selected a nail polish. Below, 10 pairings that really are the perfect couples. Now, go be your best date.
We can’t endorse all Instagram trends (car and gym #selfies will never be our thing). But one craze that we’ve liked so much it’s moved on to love is the graceful Cult Gaia bag that seems to be in the hand of every street-style star. The Ark, in particular, is something of an obsession for us—and many others, it seems. Its sleek crescent shape works with outfits both casual and formal. Its hypnotic curve subtly draws focus to its beautifully unique and instantly (Insta-ly) identifiable design.
Here, we’ve collected some of our favorite shots of the bag in action. We think you’ll develop a #crush at least as serious as ours. And disclaimer: if you post a pic of you with this bag on your Instagram account, know that we’re watching.
Photos by Elizabeth Podlesnik
When the fall collections start to drop, we feel like a kid in a sugar shack. A kid who has no intention of stopping until our bellies ache and our pockets are full. Some of the sweetest treats each season are the new handbags. The textures, colors and styles are always so delicious. And this season is no exception. From cotton-candy-colored totes to licorice satchels and caramel suede minibags, there’s a purse for every palate.
We’ve rounded up an assorted pack of the best arm candy for fall. Here’s a look at our yummy stash.
Photo by Crystal Nicodemus
Nearly as unavoidable at Fashion Week as an Ibiza tan or Gucci glasses are Chloé’s latest bracelet bags. These pretty purses do double duty as golden bangles and soft leather cases for your essentials. So it’s no wonder that the style stars seem to have christened them fall’s itty-bitty It bags.
The Pixie is a compact satchel, round or saddle shaped. Toss it over your shoulder, wear it on your wrist or clutch its horseshoe handle like the good-luck charm that it is. The Nile has a hoop handle and dangly, delicate charms that lend even more boho elegance to the petite pouch. And in selected cities, you can shop Chloé’s roving pop-up installation exclusively at Nordstrom. Guaranteed there’s a style (studded, patterned) and color (saffron, pearl) that will seduce you.
Photos by Crystal Nicodemus
Want a fast way to update your entire wardrobe? Pick up one of the handbags the Fashion Week cohort is carrying this season. In addition to the Gucci Dionysus above (which everyone seems to have a version of), there are several styles that add instant relevance to your outfit, no matter if your look is right off the runway or your weekend tee and jeans.
At Who What Wear, our editors get major outfit inspiration from fashion girls and celebs, and we love spreading the word about everything from affordable pieces we’re freaking out over to what’s trending now. Keep an eye on our guest posts for street-style looks, editor-approved must-haves, expert how-tos, fashion news and lots more.
Fall puts us in the mood for new boots, luxe layers and rich autumnal hues. It’s prime time for layering different textures and tones, but we like to take things a step further by bringing a bold bag into the mix. Grab one in a color or print that doesn’t necessarily scream fall—take a cherry red satchel or a floral crossbody, for instance—and you’ve got a chic look that’s completely unexpected. With so many colorful and embellished bags out there this season, adding a pop of color or wow-worthy detail is as easy as pie (we’ll take apple, please). Read on to see our outfit-making picks.
Being part of Alexander Wang‘s squad (#wangsquad) has been a longtime fantasy of ours. We imagine it would involve wearing really amazing clothes—in lots of black—to warehouse ragers, followed by drive-thru burgers and late-night routs of mini-marts with Vince Staples and Anna Ewers.
But we’ll settle for our brief chat with the wunderkind designer about his favorite lunch spot (it’s not fast or snack food) and picking up several pieces from his gorgeous Nordstrom-exclusive rose-gold capsule collection, which unveils today. Truth is, we probably don’t have the kind of energy it would take to stay so many steps ahead of the trends after pulling an all-nighter. But we can definitely pull off those studded sandals.
And it turns out Alexander is pretty chill too.