From Chanel's emoji-motif bag to Anya Hindmarch's Pac-Man backpack with a matching fried egg bag charm, here's what stole our hearts this AW16
Cai Mei Khoo, Editor in Chief: Chanel, Look 38
Karl Lagerfeld, ever one to have his fingers constantly on the pulse of the zeitgeist, acknowledged the rise and rise of social media in Chanel's AW16 collection (hence everyone got a #frontrowonly seat). Appearing on the bags as prints were emojis such as V peace signs, cat faces and the thumbs up sign, exactly the way we communicate these days, which makes this bag totally waitlist-worthy. Sign me up for one, please ✌
Vetements' c0-founder and Balenciaga's new creative director Demna Gvasalia was clearly not interested in the pint-sized bag trend, rolling out sizable totes that could clearly fit all essentials one needs for a getaway trip. This particular oxblood bag from Balenciaga caught my eye because 1) it's roomy and structured enough to store everything I need, from my Kindle to notebooks and even lunchboxes too if you will, and 2) that chain-link strap adds an edgy-cool element that I just might need to switch up my personal style.
This, for many good reasons: How often can you find a retro-game inspired backpack that's furry and literally in the shape of Pac-Man? Those googly eyes are just about beckoning me to get my hands on it, and not forgetting, the quirky charms that will make anyone's day—fuzzy fried eggs or pixelated smiley faces are way better conversational starters than overly simple leather charms, in my humble opinion.
Tan Su Fen, Editorial Assistant: Mulberry, Look 4
As much as I take pride in cramming a surprising amount of items into my tiny bag, at times I did wish I had something more roomy to throw them all into. Big, bold, and beautiful—this tote by Johnny Coca for Mulberry is everything I need and more. Coloured in classic black, it features the Kite tote silhouette and the brand's new signature of press studs for a glorious dose of British punk rock cool.