The start of spring always conjures an itch for new-and-now pieces that’ll brighten up our wardrobes. Before you start your shopping list, it’s wise to consult the season's runway trends—this way, you’re sure to snag pieces you’ll wear at length. The good news? The wait is over. With a watchful eye on key designers, Editorialist’s Spring/Summer 2022 handbag report is in—and it’s good.
There were five MVPs we couldn’t miss if we tried. First off, micro bags are out—hate to break it to you—and multi-pochette bags are in. Next order of business: the pillow-y carryall, which blends baguette and hobo bag silhouettes for a dramatically oversized effect. Y2K lovers are already busy celebrating the return of Von Dutch’s bowling bags, which have made their way back into the fashion mainstream.
Our Spring 2022 trending bag lineup showcases key players like Chloé and Chanel, as well as some surprising newcomers like Casablanca and Patou. (Spoiler: Coach has also reentered the chat). Ahead, get familiar with what you’ll be wearing for the next two seasons.
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Mini & Multi
At his highly-anticipated return to New York Fashion Week this fall, Joseph Altuzarra sent tie-dyed knits and metallic plissé co-ord sets down the runway, each decorated with several pouches roped upon crossbody lanyards (and sported by Gigi Hadid, no less). Ulla Johnson, Staud, and The Row also piled a fruitful amount of mini bags on models. Ideal for city slickers and errand runners, free up your grip with these pint-sized pouches, which can carry your cell phone, credit cards, and compacts without them all mixing together in the bottom of your bucket bag.
For Spring 2022, Jil Sander’s runway read realistic, Khaite’s presented as “resilient” — both of which can be assumed about a woman bustling about with a macro-sized hobo bag in tow. Voluminous shoulder bags like Bottega Veneta’s Jodie pouch had their moment (and arguably still are), but with an even bigger emphasis on functionality now than ever before, it was only a matter of time before designers said “honey, I blew up the bag.” Whether jet-setting or commuting, be as prepared as Mary Poppins with neutral-hued never-fulls from Khaite, The Row, and Gabriela Hearst.
Since its original heyday in the ’50s & ’60s, bowling bags returned in the early ’90s when Louis Vuitton released its Alma bag. Around the same time, Hermès officially launched its Bolide style. And, of course, we’d be remiss to mention bowlers without giving credit to Von Dutch, a key player in Y2K’s current takeover. Von Dutch's contemporary catchalls are largely reminiscent of its vintage bowlers, opting for loud prints and vibrant colorways—but this metallic option taps into the chrome trend of the moment. Prada, Givenchy, Dior, and Lanvin also imbued their bags with bowler-inspired design codes (think: top-handles, flat bottoms, cylindrical shapes), while still feeling elevated and approachable for everyday wear.
In recent years, virtually every designer has left their mark on the crescent bag trend, but the Spring 2022 runways featured some specifics that will be prominent for seasons to come. Fendi and Stella McCartney hold the torch for high-voltage hardware, like oversized chain-links and heavy metal accents. Loewe and Acne Studios erred on the simplistic side, opting for streamlined shapes and vivacious curves. Balmain, on the other hand, experimented with texture in a way that’s very much giving Bottega’s ‘Twizzler’ bag vibes. Special mention goes to Staud’s Moon bag, which is widely credited with starting the ovalescent purse trend.
Statement Tote Bags
Jetting off to Europe anytime soon? Let these flight-friendly mini tote bags accompany you. Since its sell-out collab with New Balance, gender-defying French brand Casablanca is a force to be reckoned with. Its Spring 2022 shopper exudes a laidback, resort-ready feel. Key design codes include its bamboo handles (which are on par with Gucci’s '90s-era Diana bag) and its punchy geometric color-blocking. BOYY's classic mini Bobby in neon green is equally fated for a tropical destination. Coach's shopper totes tap into the appeal of New York's most beloved storefronts (Zabars, anyone?), while Patou's focused on romantic landscapes depicted by French artists. Most classic, however, is Marc Jacobs’ mainstay: unabashedly named ‘The Tote Bag.’