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The Fashion Memo

The fashion team’s most-wanted: FW18 bags

From mulberry hues to mirrored paillettes, plush velvet to modern mock croc, these are the new-season bags PORTER’s fashion team are getting carried away by…


CHARLIE MILLER Executive Fashion & Jewelry Director

“I’m a huge fan of the ‘Neneh’ bag, especially in this beautiful, mossy green shade. Shape and structure are always key components in Roksanda’s designs, and this bag’s sleek, clean silhouette and mismatching wooden and Perspex ring handles really illustrate that.”

  • Roksanda
    Neneh leather tote
  • Giuliva Heritage Collection
    Cornelia double-breasted wool blazer
  • Chloé
    Pleated printed georgette midi dress
  • Saint Laurent
    Zoe suede pumps

KAY BARRON Fashion Director

“I have been searching for a belt bag for a few seasons now, but wanted one that was minimal rather than logoed or too much of a statement. This style from The Row is quiet and elegant, but still adds a contemporary edge to any outfit. I’ll wear it tightly belted around coats when it gets colder, but I also like the idea of slinging it cross-body over a lighter denim jacket.”

  • The Row
    Leather-trimmed shell belt bag
  • Isabel Marant
    Joleen double-breasted wool-gabardine coat
  • Saint Laurent
    Printed cotton-jersey T-shirt
  • Stella McCartney
    Faux leather straight-leg pants

MORGAN PILCHER Senior Fashion Editor

“Natacha Ramsay-Levi put her unique stamp of cool on Chloé’s new-season bags and the Roy caught my eye immediately. As someone who wears a lot of tailoring in fall, I love its clean-lined, boxy silhouette. I’ll wear it with a pantsuit and loafers for an easy but polished office look.”

  • Chloé
    Roy medium leather and suede shoulder bag
  • Khaite
    Julie cashmere turtleneck sweater
  • The Row
    Cat stretch-wool twill tapered pants
  • Gucci
    Jordaan horsebit-detailed leather loafers

GILLIAN BRETT Associate Fashion Features Editor

“I’m obsessed with Loewe bags. Not only are they artfully constructed into really cool shapes from the most beautiful leather, they also have a quirky sense of personality. This season, I’ve got my heart set on the ‘Gate’ in oxblood. It’s pretty enough to double-up as an evening bag and its mulberry color will perk up my all-black wardrobe.”

  • Loewe
    Gate mini textured-leather shoulder bag
  • &Daughter
    Laragh cashmere sweater
  • Alighieri
    The Floating Questions Shell gold-plated necklace
    High-rise slim-leg jeans

ANINA HEE Associate Shopping Editor

“I’m currently obsessed with old episodes of Friends and Rachel’s ’90s style in particular – slip dresses, tight white T-shirts, crocodile hairclips and mini bags. So, when By Far launched a bag named after Jennifer Aniston’s iconic character, it immediately secured a place on my FW18 wish list. I’m just deciding whether I want it in white or brown…”

  • BY FAR
    Rachel croc-effect leather shoulder bag
    Originals High-Rise Stove Pipe straight-leg jeans
  • Tabitha Simmons
    Bells crystal-embellished satin slingback pumps

JENNIFER DICKINSON Digital Editorial Director

“I have four children, so I need a bag that holds snacks, plasters and a supply of pens without getting in my way – hands-free is vital. I bought a ‘Tess’ because it’s sturdy and has a great, thick strap I can wear cross-body, but the gold hardware makes it elevated enough to wear with a suit or power dress when I need to impress. I opted for the dark-green color because I couldn’t justify another black or tan bag, but it’s surprisingly great with black, cream, denim blues and all of fall’s rich shades.”

  • Chloé
    Tess leather and suede shoulder bag
    Double-breasted wool-blend blazer
  • Victoria, Victoria Beckham
    Crepe wide-leg pants
  • Common Projects
    Achilles Super leather and canvas sneakers

ELIZABETH REYNOLDS Junior Fashion Editor

“After seeing so many croc-effect handbags on the runways for SS19, I’m keen to get ahead of the trend with this chic Saint Laurent version.”

  • Saint Laurent
    Catherine croc-effect leather shoulder bag
  • Alexander Wang
    Paneled denim jacket
  • Totême
    Cropped mid-rise straight-leg jeans

MEGAN LOGUE Fashion Features Writer

“My style is quite laid-back – a lot of denim and basically all black everything – but when it comes to accessories, I like to indulge my inner magpie. Paco Rabanne’s disco-inspired bag is the perfect day-to-night style because it can fit in everything you might need and you can wear it cross-body or as a shoulder bag. Plus, the baguette shape is the perfect way to nod to the season’s ’90s trend.”

  • Paco Rabanne
    Sparkle 1969 sequined faux leather shoulder bag
  • Totême
    Navais merino wool turtleneck sweater
  • Goldsign
    The Low Slung cropped mid-rise straight-leg jeans
  • Alighieri
    Il Leone Medallion gold-plated necklace

EMMA SELLS Digital Fashion Features Editor

“I like a bag that I can chuck everything into, and this bucket style from Trademark is the perfect size to accommodate everything that I need without weighing me down. It’s chic enough to balance the chaos inside, too, and is the perfect shade of green to add an understated pop of color to all the navy that packs out my closet.”

HANNAH COLE Style Editor

“I love structured bags that have the ability to elevate any outfit. My day-to-day style is a little oversized and androgynous, so Calvin Klein’s new Bonnie bag will add a ladylike polish to my 9-5 wardrobe.”

    Bonnie grosgrain-trimmed leather shoulder bag
  • The Row
    Droi cashmere-blend sweater
    Pleated wool wide-leg pants
  • The Row
    Bourgeoise leather mules

NAOMI BARLING Fashion Assistant

“I’m a hands-free kind of girl, so I’m all about the cross-body. This season, I’m into quirky and eccentric bags – Prada’s camera-bag design is the perfect accessory to throw on and add some personality to a winter outfit.”

MARIAN NACHMIA Senior Fashion Assistant

“This bag is 100% arm candy, a pure ’80s party bag. I love its luxurious texture and the delicious plush red color, plus the crystals, woven strap and satin interior. It’s a true retro Gucci moment that I want to carry around every night.”

  • Gucci
    Broadway crystal-embellished velvet shoulder bag
  • Isabel Marant
    Brantley cable-knit wool-blend sweater
  • Ellery
    Aegean gold and silver-plated earrings
  • IRO
    Instinct belted leather tapered pants


“I love Givenchy’s day-to-night Pocket bag, which is big enough to fit all your essentials and small enough to take out for the evening. The gold hardwear strap and the patent finish gives it a great ’80s look. Wear it with all black and style it cross-body and you are ready to go.”

  • Givenchy
    Pocket quilted leather shoulder bag
  • Joseph
    Lorenzo stretch-twill blazer
  • Joseph
    Tropez stretch-twill straight-leg pants
  • Givenchy
    Urban Street leather sneakers

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