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)