Bags are often perceived as investment pieces. Take the Birkin, for example. A study considered it more valuable than gold. Or Chanel’s classic quilted 2.55 bag, of which price has seen a more rapid incline than that of real estate. Bags, particularly expensive ones, have long been sacrosanct accessories. But this notion is being slowly and surely eschewed: Now elbowing its way to women’s shoulders are anti-fashion, transparent plastic bags.
Try observing the street style action going on in the latest leg of fashion month. Céline’s “Warning”-emblazoned PVC tote (and the tiny purse it houses, but does anyone really care?) was a clear winner. Staud’s quick sell-out boxy Shirley shopper was hot on the heels, making ubiquitous handheld appearances. If street style is a measure to go by, then it’s obvious: Conspicuous and cheap-seeming carryalls are the collective bag memo of the moment.
This shouldn’t sound strange anymore. After all, ironic fashion is at an all-time high. And as see-through arm candies continue to gain traction, it may just be a deep-rooted chain reaction caused by a world ravenous for transparency. Or maybe, we’re all just suckers for the voyeuristic fun in flaunting what we schlep around every day.
Here, shop the season’s plastic-fantastic objects of desire.
(Main image: Tommy Ton; featured image: Helmut Lang)
Marine Serre, French designer and 2017’s LVMH Prize winner, proposes her rendition in the form of a grey polyurethane sling-on, alongside a pouch bearing her controversial signature crescent emblem and the title of her Spring 2018 collection.
Shown as part of MM6’s Spring 2018 presentation in London, this translucent iteration of the diffusion line’s iconic slouchy silhouette comes integrated with a leather shoulder pad and a foldable bottom corner for a more compact form when needed.
In August last year, a Shayne Oliver-revamped Helmut Lang offered PVC freebies to the first 100 shoppers in its New York and Los Angeles stores. While the tote never went on sale, those lucky few are now re-selling them on eBay and Depop.
Berlin e-tailer Voo Store roped in the great Raf Simons for an exclusive pellucid tote collaboration. There’s a dust bag included, if you so wish to stretch the contradiction of pulling between coverage and exposure.