Between Gucci’s reigning Dionysus, Chanel’s sweet Gabrielle and Prada’s unflappably-cool Cahier, the accessory shapes shown on the streets of New York, Paris and Milan were more or less of the classic variety. Functional foldability, classic flap-closures and some signature Loewe slouch were the order of last season’s class of It-bags.
But not so anymore. We’re noticing that the newly-minted guard of fresh bags coming in from Copenhagen Fashion Week and elsewhere are decidedly more retro in their make. Returning to the schoolyard for inspiration, minaudieres, clutches, cross-bodies and shoulder bags have begun to simplify down to kindergarten-esque shapes.
From Balenciaga’s much-coveted triangle pouch, to Moynat cubes and Chloé circles, the influence is both 2D and 3D. Jeremy Scott played with mixing shapes in September, whilst London Fashion Week Men’s showed off crisp-cut isosceles.
Here, we take it back to the blackboard to discover the new shapes you’ll be taking out of the toy box this spring.