Months after the Cruise 2018 showing season had fashion’s vanguards setting off on extravagant globetrotting trips all over the world’s most exotic destinations — Gucci in Florence’s breathtaking Palazzo Pitti, Dior in the wild west of Santa Monica, or Louis Vuitton in far-flung Kyoto — pieces from the collections are beginning to trickle into boutiques.
Labels the likes of Céline and Alexander Wang opted out of the jet-setting pizzazz back in May, but just recently launched their Cruise 2018 lookbooks in tandem with their offerings hitting stores.
Aside from its OTT shows and covetable clothes, Cruise is known to present the chicest season-less bags you end up toting for years to come. So before you divert your attention to the holidays and all the people you forgot to shop for, consider gifting yourself a Cruise 2018 bag before they sell out.
If a massive everyday carryall is what you’re looking for, Céline’s aptly named Big bag is made for you. Debuted as Fall 2017’s new silhouette, the Big bag is now reintroduced in raincoat fabric for Resort 2018 to match the season’s trench-replete looks.
The fact that revered French maison Valentino — known for its always-ethereal couture — is dipping its toe in the controversial dad bag means you should too. Festooned with Valentino’s signature Rockstuds with its interior coloured in a popping scarlet red, this quilted leather bumbag can be your wardrobe’s retro-chic amplifier.
Inspired by ancient tomes, Prada’s now-iconic Cahier bag comes with protective burnished gold corners, a textured panel resembling the spine of a book, an accordion-like compartmentalised interior, and a detachable shoulder strap. This season, it gets a white-out treatment, just in time for your wintry escape.
Ever since Maria Grazia Chiuri helmed Dior, almost every of her pieces are slapped with a political agenda (“We Should All Be Feminists”) and/or the house’s brand stamp. And the J’adior flap bag, that’s also known as Dio(R)evolution, is the sling-on-slash-clutch fan-favourite. For Cruise 2018, it’s offered in a limited-edition Canyon grained leather in tune with the Native American spirit Chiuri tapped on for the collection.
The cult Roxy mini bag now comes in a fete-season rendition. Devised with a draped chain which you can loop over the two top handles or conceal inside, and covered in reflective silver pailettes, this one needs no Kira-kira+. This one sparkles on its own.
By now, meta-words shielded within quotation marks will always be associated to Virgil Abloh’s Off-White. Any super fan of Abloh’s work would want to have this oddly cool vertical rectangular bag as one of their own. Pre-order yours now to secure your slot before it drops in stores come 8 March next year.
Extracting inspiration from the deep archives, Alessandro Michele came up with a petite bag featuring Gucci’s trademark House Web, called the Ophidia. Its vintage veneer won’t fool anyone though, the modernised GG hardware is a post-Michele logo reinvention. Old meets new, at its shoulder-slinging best.