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The Fashion Memo

SS20’s most desirable bags

L-R: Loewe; Bottega Veneta; Khaite

One of fashion’s most fetishized pieces, a great handbag boasts the ability to elevate any look it’s paired with, season after season. It also makes a good investment piece, promising infinite style mileage – so when long lunches, gallery days and date nights are once again back on the agenda, a good bag won’t have lost any of its allure. Time to discover the most covetable styles that caught our eye as soon as we saw them on the runway…


The throwback bag

In recent seasons, the ’90s has come to serve as a seemingly endless wellspring of inspiration for designers, and SS20 was no exception to the rule – especially where accessories were concerned. From established brands such as Bottega Veneta to emerging labels like By Far, Wandler and Coperni, shoulder bags dominated the runways. This style may just be top of our wish list this season – perhaps further fuelled by the fact that we’ve been binge-watching Friends and lusting after all of Rachel Green’s looks.

Bottega Veneta

The basket bag

The basket bag has been a stalwart part of every woman’s warm-weather wardrobe since Jane Birkin started toting one back in the 1970s. This season, as ever, choosing the perfect style is a matter of deciding whether you’re going for an urban or bohemian look. If you fall into the former camp, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more polished piece that Saint Laurent’s raffia tote. However, if you’re looking for a basket with bucolic overtones, then consider Jacquemus and Loewe’s leather-detailed designs a no-brainer.

The finishing touch

With social-distancing and self-isolating becoming the new norm, the temptation to let your sartorial standards slip is real. However, the impact that dressing up has on your mood simply cannot be overstated. Adding sartorial flourish to a simple day dress or jeans and a tee – either in the form of Simone Rocha’s crystal-embellished mini bag, Dries Van Noten’s feathered designs or Cult Gaia’s fringed wristlet – is an effortless way to inject your look, and day, with a little joy.

Dries Van Noten

The bucket bag

Quickly becoming a modern classic, thanks to the deft way it combines directional design with true practicality, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bucket bag for a few seasons now. Fortunately, for SS20, labels across the board have produced myriad enviable pieces. From Loewe and Chloé’s butter-soft leather styles to Louise et Cie’s sculptural creations, these endlessly wearable day bags make a welcome addition to any woman’s closet.

The color pop

For SS20, everyone from fashion powerhouses to cult labels have served up sartorial mood-boosters in the shape of brilliantly kaleidoscopic handbags. Whether you gravitate towards Valentino’s neon designs, Chloé’s sculptural creations or The Row’s suitably luxe shoulder bag, these multi-colored creations are a failsafe way to add cheer to everything from a simple shirt dress to oversized knits and muted loungewear. In other words, they can make your off-duty look feel utterly fresh in a flash.


The not-so-classic clutch

It’s the clutch – but not as you know it. Contemporary, cool and utterly covetable, SS20’s iteration is defined by clean lines, sumptuous leathers and palette-cleansing colors. Understated styles by the likes of Loewe, Khaite and Bottega Veneta were made to be worn dangling casually from the wrist or tucked insouciantly in the crook of your arm. The best bit? The updated clutch is infinitely more capacious than its predecessor, meaning you have room for all the essentials, and then some.

The logo bag

The fashion industry is often accused of being obsessed with newness, when designers are, in fact, a nostalgic bunch by nature – constantly assessing what came before and how they can improve on it. Case in point? The logo bag. A classic style for SS20, heritage houses including Gucci, Fendi and Saint Laurent have been revisiting their archives, producing ’70s-inspired totes and saddle bags that feature supersized hardware and vintage prints. The result? Timeless pieces that call to mind the decade’s defining style icons, Faye Dunaway and Lauren Hutton.

Saint Laurent