Loving this bag strap! Rachel Guillaume photo for Sarara Couture. SS17 street style.
It’s extremely hard to admit that indeed, I was not that into bags until well through college. There I said it. Maybe I just used my “school” bag so much (pause for gasp) I just never used anything else, but my jean pockets and that, gulp, book bag. It was the 90s I blame it on that….. Then when I moved to Brazil that all changed. I did my doctorate there in the early 2000s. It was then that I got back into the creativity and joys that fashion design has to offer. Maybe it was the fresh coconut water, fruit availability, the music, Copacabana, the walks, bus rides ( you need to carry your stuff around when you don’t have your own car)…. or maybe it was just their take on bags; from bohemian styles, straw bags, recycled plastics to various color options. I’d always loved jewelry and that whole history that comes with it, but “the bag” had meant nothing to me. Then all of a sudden I had…well let’s just say more than 10 where there had been only 1 or 2. I began to use the objects I once thought only utilitarian to add something to my wardrobe as well, I figured out they were yes….accessories!
What does this have to do with fashion week? Glad you asked. On the streets during this time can be found one of the biggest free for all, eye candy shows of amazing bags to behold. The bloggers, stylists, designers, models, fashion fanatics, just whip out everything from the latest Chanel or Gucci to unique vintage finds. What did we spot this time? Glad you asked…yet again:) There were some themes in terms of modern lines, smaller shapes, chains and grommets, metallic details, lucite, color block bags, interesting shapes and even surprises. We shot lots of inspiration images on the streets for you to wet your whistle with and get those creative juices flowing next time you are pursuing a new purse. Now some of these are in the higher investment piece area in terms of price. I have also included some ideas that are priced less.
Fantastic look with this oversized tote or the new it bag the “Bazar” Balenciaga. Rachel Guillaume photo.
Black and white Prada, in a smaller size. The contrast is chic! Rachel G image.
Structured and bejeweled. Fairy tale style bag Dolce and Gabbana Autumn 2014. Rachel Guillaume photo.
Mother and Daughter duo. I think the bags are Valentino- maybe the mini?Rachel Guillaume photo.
Bing Walton in between shows. Taken outside the Proenza venue. Loving this modern fanny pack look on her. Rachel Guillaume photo.
Smaller scaled structured bags. Baby pink Prada bag. Caught by Rachel Guillaume photo.
Provenza Schouler Hava Bag.
This bag has a very 80s vintage look with the zip top! Rachel Guillaume photo.
Rachel Guillaume photo for Sarara Couture. Golden chain detail and the Mondrian style color block suede make this a fun bag!
A great little check bag, yet another colorful option! Rachel Guillaume photo.
Rachel Guillaume photo.
Kate Spade Crab bag. Out of Stock. Rachel G photograph.
More chain details. Photo Rachel.
Les Petits Joueurs Women’s Gold Alex Mini Pleated Leather Crossbody Bag. Link in photo.
Our Lust List:
This Dionysus bag is great with the hand effect, Gucci has really brought out the guns on design lately. Gucci image, linked.
Vintage Rambler on etsy bag image of a 70s Char bag. Any boho bag by Char is a big YES. In this color and style =LUST….. You can get lucky and sometimes find her bags on etsy or eBay on 1stdibs they command more. Rare.
Cambridge Satchel Company. They have worked with J. Crew and I’ve seen it on Gilt once for less than 200. Their site has the most options.
Gucci Ghost bag. Image from Gucci site, link in image.
Angular Pouch by Anthropologie.com, image link via their site.
Chloe patchwork Drew bag.
Vintage Vespa Bag. Toilette’s Vintage on Rubylane. $48.
Edie Parker “Downtown” bag, filed under their custom designs. I love her work, vintage and modern! Brett has her hand in both when designing these. From the edie_parker instagram account. Linked image Edie Parker.
Zara fabric mini. Image Zara, linked.
Always a classic, vintage 1990s Chanel lambskin bag. From 1stdibs dealer: Endappi.
Valentino Rockstud Untitled Clutch. I say this with a bit of sadness as I have a vintage brown envelope bag about the same size and I was happy to be the only one with this style! While it is not the exact match, my loss is your gain. Studs and all… Link in Valentino image.
Mr. Ernest vintage magazine bag. Memphis Vintage, etsy.
Zara leather “back pack”, I like the way it can be worn cross body back or front. Zara image, linked.
Recycled computer keyboard bag by Joao Sabino, linked image by Keybag.
Stated Style on etsy. Vintage Moschino Fanny Pack.