Can you believe it… here we are again at the end of another year. Is it just me, or did this one go faster than any previous? Is someone removing days from the year without my knowledge?
Whether your year was speedy or slow, no doubt you would have enjoyed some of the great handbag trends of 2017. We thought to finish the year off, why not look back over two of the biggest trends of 2017.
Two words stood out: backpack and wristlet (hate the word but love what it describes).
So first up, I’d say 2017 was the year that backpacks finally became accepted as a fashion essential, and a glamorous one at that. It was the year fashion embraced practicality and allowed the ‘back saver’ to hit its fashion stride. Some of the more notable versions came from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Mansur Gavriel and Prada. Design classics perhaps? Either way, they allowed us to straighten our backs and spend less at the physio this year (more money left over for bags – that’s got to be a good thing).
Above. Top: Chanel Gabrielle backpack. Bottom: Mansur Gavrila mini backpack.
The backpack of the year would have to be Louis Vuitton’s Palm Springs Mini Backpack. It debuted late 2016, however, 2017 was the year its popularity rose. Small, sporty and super cute; it was bound to be a winner. So much so that Louis Vuitton expanded the line this year to include a red/black version; however, my favourite is the camel/brown.
Seems I’m not the only one who loves this backpack. It was seen on the backs of many a celeb during 2018, including: Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian (big fan, seen many times with different versions), Gabby Douglas (had to include her, my daughter is obsessed with this phenomenal gymnast), Bella Hadid and Rihanna (seems Rih-Rih and I have the same taste – she was spotted with the camel/brown version).
Above: Louis Vuitton's Palm Springs mini backpack - available in 3 colours.
Above: Kourtney Kardashian with her two favourite accessories - her daughter and one of her Louis Vuitton Palm Springs backpacks.
Above: Gabby Douglas with her Louis Vuitton backpack.
Above: Rhianna with her camel coloured Palm Springs backpack.
Now to the 2nd big trend of the year. Wristlets. If we ignore the name for a minute and focus on what this item actually is, you’ll understand its popularity, especially in this year of being practical and functional. This is a bag that hangs from your wrist, so it allows you to get on with the things you need to do. Big enough to fit your essentials if you’re just ducking out for a quick lunch, and small enough to not overload you. It could also be described as this year’s answer to the crossbody bag.
The wristlet was a real sign that fashion was embracing wrists again - we also saw the return of exaggerated cuffs and maximalist statement jewellery. Some of the wristlet bag handles resembled bracelets and bangles, so pretty and practical. We always like that. Some design houses that really did this well include: Chloé, Longchamp, Valentino, DVF and Lanvin.
Above: Longchamp wristlet.
Wristlets Above. Left: Lanvin. Right: DVF.
Above: Chloé Nile Bracelet bag.
Regardless of whether or not you got onto the backpack and wristlet bandwagon this year, it’s never too late to embrace these trends. No doubt they’ll continue to be popular in 2018 given their practicality; but we can’t wait to see what new trends emerge in the new year. The strongest hint of course are the bags that graced the runway late this year: wicker baskets, fringed totes, round bags, fur bags, floral bags. We’ll be sure to let you know.