As summer rolls into fall, we take a look at the season’s most coveted handbags that are trendy and make for a good investment. Whether it’s an everyday purse, a travel bag, or a fabulous clutch to flaunt at the upcoming Diwali parties, we’ve got you covered. The answer lies in experimenting with silhouettes and textures. Varied kinds of leather, multi-strap features, and unusual hues make it to the luxury handbags trend wheel this festive season.
It would be a crime to walk into a Diwali party without an L’Afshar clutch. The Queen of cool, Lilian Afshar’s accessories have been spotted on everyone from Bella Hadid to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Beyonce. These structured bags are entirely handmade and an instant conversation starter – the Eugene is expertly crafted from acrylic and boasts a ‘frozen’ effect. Wear it on your shoulder, or simply detach the gold plated chain strap and carry it using the sculptural top handles.
From Meghan Markle to Lara Stone to multiple street style stars, Gabrielle Hobo has quite a fanbase. And for a good reason. Beautifully detailed, the bag’s structured base combined with the soft body ensures it stays upright and the leather entwined chain straps on every bag come in both gold and silver. It comes in a variety of materials but we are obsessed with the aged calfskin version. You can wear them in 12 different ways. Need we say more?
We’ve all mourned the loss of #oldceline, but enter, the #newbottega. With Daniel Lee as the new creative director (former head of ready-to-wear at Celine circa Phoebe Philo), the new line of accessories has gained a cult following in a short span of time. Plus their square toe sandals are sold out worldwide. But you might get lucky with their oversized pouch which is this fall’s IT bag. Try scrolling your Instagram feed without seeing this clutch; it’s impossible. Crafted in soft, calf leather with a suede lining, its rounded shape and the minimalist silhouette is pure class. Available in an array of colours; the blue one especially makes a strong statement.
Let’s face it, no one has mastered the art of luxury streetwear quite like Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga. The label’s dad sneakers and monogrammed hoodies are flying off the shelves and so are the handbags. This fall, we are eyeing one of their latest handbags – the Wheel backpack. Perfectly sized with enough room to carry your immediate essentials, this backpack is ideal for travel and everyday use alike. The contrasting black embroidered logo fuels the unstoppable logomania trend too.
After the success of their Puzzle and Basket bags, the celebrated luxurious leather Spanish house has released yet another hit – the Gate bag. With defining features like the gold-tone metal hinge on the side, the saddle shape (which we don’t see going out of style anytime soon), and the signature knotted strap, this new classic is a must-have. Made by Loewe’s master artisans in soft leather with a suede lining, the Gate is part functional, part fabulous. The colour-blocked version hits the spot just right.