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The Fashion Memo

The queue jump: A ’70s-style flap bag

From top: Gucci; Gucci; Chloé; Victoria Beckham

You’ll have no doubt spotted a variety of retro flap bags in your favorite street-style stars’ latest Instagram posts, but this season’s hottest designs would look just as at home slung over the shoulders of ’70s icons Ali MacGraw, Farrah Fawcett and Jane Birkin. So it should come as no surprise that heritage brands like Gucci and Chloé – who were there the first time around – are at the forefront of this trend. An effortless way to tap into this season’s vintage vibe and get a jump-start on SS19’s bohemian mood, the most authentic styles are crafted in suede or mock-croc leather, feature lashings of gold hardware, and come in rich autumnal tones.