The Unsung Heroes of the Fashion Industry – And of Our Outfits
The New York Fashion Week 2019 has come and gone. For one week, the world’s most famous, most talented and most in-demand fashion brands and designers, as well as the industry’s top models, hairdressers, makeup artists, journalists, retailers and fashionistas, all gathered together in the Big Apple for nine days of shows wherein new Fall/Winter collections were displayed and new fashion trends were set. Also, Lil’ Kim closed out THE BLONDS’ runway in a surprise performance which, quite frankly, was one of the best moments of the whole week.
The fashion-week cycle goes on, first off to London, then to Milan, and to Paris – until it is time for New York to host the events in September once again. But before we turn our attention to the Spring collections, let’s take a moment to appreciate some items that were featured in the runway shows, but don’t always get the attention that they deserve: I am talking, of course, about the bags. Oh, yes – the bags. What a wonderful thing they are! We use them to carry our stuff (particularly if the fashion industry refuses to give some of us proper pockets), but they can also be a very important element of any assemble since it can offer some contrast or some cohesion, as well as be a statement piece. But while one would be hard-pressed to find a designer or a fashionista that does not recognize the importance of using the right bag with the right outfit, relatively few articles were written about the bags showcased during the Fashion Week. That said, we are here to change that. The following is a showcase of a handful of bags and bag-adjacent accessories – backpacks, clutches and wallets – that nonetheless are good representations of the styles of products created by some of the biggest luxury fashion brands.
Nicola Twistlock Medium Shoulder Bag – kate spade new york
Known for their polished look and chic designs, kate spade bags have long been a favorite among young, professional women who value practicality and accessibly as much as they do style. Ever since the brand launched in 1993, it has maintained a consistent style based on sleek lines and modern colors which aim to evoke the feeling of feminine grace and sophistication. The 2019 collection honors the stylistic traditions of the brand while at the same time infusing into the bag’s designs a certain sense of flirty but polished sensuality, which is evident in the new adorable Nicola Medium Shoulder Bag. Made with Italian leather and lined with faux lambskin, this medium-sized shoulder bag comes with an adjustable strap as well as interior and exterior slip and zipper pockets, making it a practical choice for women on the go. Moreover, the spade-heart twist lock will keep one’s possessions safe while adding a touch of extra to the overall design for maximum aesthetic pleasure.
Miller Leather Clutch – Tory Burch
Tory Burch’s bag line always seems to have been designed with the needs and tastes of modern professional women and mind, and this Miller Clutch is no different. Simple and elegant, with the iconic laser-cut Tory Burch logo gracing the front of its magnetic snap flap, this leather clutch has the look of a classic. Moreover, at 5.18" (13 cm) tall, 10.96" (27.5 cm) long and 1.2" (3 cm) deep, it can hold smartphones of all sizes up to that of an iPhone XS Max and a Samsung Galaxy S9+. It’s available in four colors: aged camello, black, birch, and ruby red. It is a very versatile accessory, perfect for both the everyday life and for those fancy nights out.
Limited Collaboration Stark Crystal Backpack – MCM
There are only a few fashion brands which manage to maintain a consistent style that is outrageously ostentatious without having it come off as gaudy or fall out of fashion. Fortunately, MCM is one of those lucky brands who manage to do just that. The reputation for extravagantly eye-catching statement pieces has not diminished since the brand founded in 1976, and this new backpack – made from golden leather and decorated with golden studs and plates, as well as with rough multicolor crystal panels – fits right in with MCM’s traditional aesthetic. Cute, sturdy and delightfully extra, this backpack will be turning heads everywhere it goes.
Alpha Bravo, Aviano Slim Brief Leather – TUMI
In today’s fast-paced world, it is as important for a bag to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye as it is for it be practical and sturdy – enter TUMI, the New Jersey-based maker of high-end suitcases and travel bags. Their Alpha Bravo collection is specifically designed with the needs of the modern professional in mind, as evidenced by their new model, the Aviano Slim Brief. Elegant, slim, and endowed with numerous pockets and compartments, including one for an iPad and another for a 15” laptop, this leather briefcase has everything to keep a professional individual organized and ready to face the workday.
Academy Backpack in Signature Canvas With Whipstitch – Coach
Everybody loves Coach. And what is there not to love? They are a high-end brand renowned for their high-quality, classically elegant and highly versatile accessories, which make themselves a favorite among fashionable individuals who like some practicality with their luxury – and that is exactly what this canvas and PVC backpack offers. Sporting a multitude of interior pockets and compartments, padded mesh pads at the back, two-way zipper closure and adjustable straps, this leather-accented backpack is perfect for fashionable and busy people who want to carry their items comfortably and with style.
Tevey Leather Wallet – Bally
Sometimes, you don’t need a big, bulky bag; all you need in life is what you can fit in your pocket. It is in those times when wallets come in handy, and the Swiss luxury fashion brand, Bally, has been in the business of making those for a long time. As far as wallets go, their Tevey model has all one can ask for. 3.75’ long and 4.25’ wide, this medium-sized leather wallet sports one compartment, six card slots and two receipt pockets, which are enough to fulfill the needs of the average person. Plus, with its palladium-toned hardware and a striking straight-lined vertical applique in the front, this wallet is as functional as it is elegantly dashing.
Writer: Monica Dias
Photographer: Ron Contarsy (for Highmark Studios)