2019 has seen an array of new arm candies that made a hot entry to the (already) long list of It-bags. There’s the Bottega Veneta Pouch, the Dior 30 Montaigne, the Salvatore Ferragamo Boxyz, the Versace Virtus, the Chanel 19 and more. But as we enter the new year, how many of these designs still remain sought after? The easiest way to find out, is to turn to the streets to see what the It-girls are carrying. At the recent Spring 2020 Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, the street style stars finished their fashion-forward looks with bags in different shapes and sizes, including It-designer bags and some classic favourites. Cult brand Bottega Veneta, in particular, has not one, but three carriers on our list.
Scroll down to find out which bags are the most coveted at the moment:
Bottega Veneta Pouch, Arco, and Cassette bags
Bottega Veneta has been on a roll ever since creative director Daniel Lee presented his first full collection during the Autumn/Winter 2019. Fast forward one year later, a few of its bags have achieved cult status, with the Pouch being one of the most popular. Boasting a minimalistic exterior, the oversized slouchy clutch—in the supplest leather—still has that statement-making charm. It’s a buy-now, wear-forever piece, for sure.
If you’re looking for something with shoulder straps, Bottega Veneta’s Arco bag is the one for you. First launched during Pre-Fall 2019 in a larger-than-life silhouette, the piece is now available in five sizes, but trust us when we say that the smallest option—Arco 29—is still roomy enough for all your knick-knacks. From the arc-shaped handles to the dome-shaped flap and modern orthogonal maxi weave, its architectural shape is like a work of art.
Last but not least, the brand’s Cassette bag has been one of the defining styles late last year, and it’s continuing its influence in 2020. Available in both padded and double-face leather, the crossbody has everything an It-bag embodies—the timeless rectangular-shaped design, the ‘oomph’ factor in the form of the weave, and the adjustable and foldable straps that seal its practicality. Trust us when we say that the former is worth the investment.
Lady Dior and Dior Saddle bags
Did you know that the Lady Dior bag was initially called the Chouchou (“favourite” in English)? In 1995, Princess Diana received the carrier as a token from the then-French first lady Bernadette Chirac, and she loved it so much she ended up ordering it in every available colour. It wasn’t long before the French fashion house renamed the bag in her honour. 25 years later, the Lady Dior is still the epitome of elegance, and its constant reiteration is what makes it so covetable ’til this day. The Lady Dior is now available in mini, small, medium, and large sizes.
On the other hand, the Dior Saddle, a.k.a the reigning It-bag of 2018, is not going anywhere anytime soon. Be it embroidery or embellishment, the piece has been given new life every season since its relaunch, and this season, you can find it in Oblique or camouflage canvas, embroidered lambskin, braided leather and more. The small Saddle in sleek calfskin (as seen on Caroline Duar) is the perfect pick for night events.
Although the Chanel 19 is the newest bag on our list, it has already caught on as one of the hottest designs as of late. Inspired by the classic 2.55, the arm candy embodies the French Maison’s house codes and the contemporary twist that make it the perfect accessory for the modern-day women. From the waist bag to large and maxi sizes, it’s clear that the It-girls love them all.
Salvatore Ferragamo Boxyz
Salvatore Ferragamo Boxyz bag
Dubbed the Boxyz bag, the last three letters in its name refer to Gen X to Z, emphasising its timeless appeal thanks to its fail-proof shape. The structured top-handle bag comes in a squarish silhouette with Ferragamo’s signature Gancini hardware, but what we love most, is it comes with a unique lock and key that will keep your knick-knacks safe. The arm candy comes in three sizes and in over 10 colours, so there’s definitely something for everyone.
Maison Margiela Snatched
First introduced by creative director John Galliano during AW19, the Snatched—a slang word for sharply fabulous looks—is a genderless carrier by Maison Margiela. Essentially an asymmetric envelope bag with cut angles, the piece comes in two sizes and can be worn as a crossbody or a clutch, held in a “snatching” gesture. Count on the geometric design to seal the simplest of looks on a stylish note.
With the shoulder bag trend still going strong this year, Prada also made it onto the hot list with a throwback design—the re-edition 2005 nylon and Saffiano leather mini bags. The sleek arm candy comes with a leather shoulder strap, a detachable leather name tag with keychain, and the brand’s signature enamel metal triangle logo. Take your pick from the five colourful options, or check out the 2000 version that comes with a fabric strap.
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