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Spring 2014 Bag Trends

Now that fashion week is over, it’s time to start checking out the trends that emerged on the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. While fashion operates on a ridiculously advanced schedule (the shows were for the Spring/Summer 2014 season), it’s never too early to check out which trends you’ll be rocking come Spring next year.


Mini Me


Left to Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim .Prada. Bottega Veneta

 It’s clear that in recent years everything has gotten bigger; restaurant portion sizes, the national debt, and more obviously, your bags. It seems that every woman out there right now is carrying a duffle bag as a purse. Not only is this a hassle, but studies are showing the physical toll that carrying big bags can take on your back. So, designers have flipped the coin and shrunk their bags and clutches. It appears that the minimalism trend is now extended to what’s inside your bag as well as out. Do you really need to have two magazines, a pair of flats, a bottle of water, and all of your receipts from the past six months in your bag anyway?



In Bloom


Left to Right: Christopher Kane, Nina Ricci, Burberry's "Petal" Clutch


I know what you’re thinking; as Miranda Priestly once said in The Devil Wears Prada film, "florals for Spring? groundbreaking". However, florals usually don’t appear on bags as frequently as they do clothes and they don’t look as cool as these do. Burberry’s designer Christopher Bailey created soft clutches with floral appliques to accent the girly skirts and jackets. Solidifying his status as the next big thing, Christopher Kane featured prints of botany diagrams blown up on shirts and dresses as well as making a bag based on the diagrams. Nina Ricci’s Peter Copping took a much smaller approach by creating floral clutches to match the shades of the models outfits, creating a unique sense of cohesion.



On The Fringe


Left to Right: Celine, Proenza Schouler, Gucci


 Fringed bags are no longer just for hippies or music festivals, not when they’re like this. Thanks to luxurious upgrades, these aren’t the brown suede versions you associate with fringe. Celine’s Phoebe Philo took an avant-garde approach by creating a unique netted look by using laser cuts on the body of the bag. The Italians (Gucci and Valentino) decided to create their versions in luxurious skins to give their models that perfect “rich bohemian” look. The boys at Proenza Schouler instead opted for a more natural look and chose a soft macrame clutch to accent their architectural pieces.




Nouveau Bucket

Left to Right: Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, Louis Vuitton

This season also saw the reinterpretation of the classic bucket bag. Christian Dior’s Raf Simons expertly crafted the perfectly structured ladylike version which he debuted at his Paris show. At Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane took a punk rock route and shrunk it down to be easily carried or slung across your shoulder while out clubbing. Also opting for the shrunken route was Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci who created an origami-like piece that dangled off the wrists of his models. But Massimiliano Giornetti of Salvatore Ferragamo gave the look the most modern interpretation with his sleek, minimalist version of the classic bag.


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Images via Style.com, Style Bistro and Vogue.com



 Author Bio: Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment, culture, lifestyle, and fashion blogger for DirectStarTV.com. In addition to following the latest fashion news online, he can also be found “working out in the field” which is how he justifies his excessive shopping habits. He currently lives, works, and shops in Chicago.