10 Handbag Silhouettes to Consider for Fall/Winter 2016/17


Milan Street

Handbag silhouettes don’t hold any surprises for next fall. However, new materials and treatments will give them a true makeover. Fluffy white fur, soft shearling, woolly fringe and leather tassels are some surface treatments on handbags bound to grab attention. The 70s patchwork trend should also translate well into bags together with folkloric print and embroidery. Foliage motifs have segued from jewelry to fabrics to embossed leathers for bags, in tune with the season. Sparkle and shiny patent and metallic leathers remain an integral part of fall as well. A bit of whimsy tops off any handbag assortment with a smile.

1. Kling for Kids 2. Lisa Conté 3. Lisa Conté

Soft-to-the-touch fur (faux or real) in shaggy winter white or sheared dark mink give zip top satchels and totes a new reason for being.

4. Paris Retail 5. Twinset 6. AU79

Decorative all-round leather fringe, exaggerated fringe or woolly tassel fringe – there is no end in sight for more fringe mania (provided it looks new!)

7. Etro 8. Fendi 9. Braccialini

The 70s are catching up to handbags, albeit not in a handcrafted mode but rather in a sophisticated graphic design mood.

10. Ambassador 11. Cuoieria 12. Cuoieria

Leaves and vines are the new “it” motif in other areas, and embossed leather handbags follow the lead.

13. DSquared2 14. Alberta Ferretti 15. Anokhi

Colourful folkloric patterns are reminiscent of the Balkans.

16. Gucci 17. Kipling 18. Longchamp

Precise graphics in orderly repeat patterns evoke timeless modernity.

19. West L.A. 20. Hunter 21. Caterina

Boiled wool or felt reflect fashion’s yearning for all things cozy and warm. New nylon quilting patterns become a fashion standard for utilitarian satchels and laptop bags.

22. Gaiera 23. Vionnet 24. Ash

Patent leather, metallic gold or colourful iridescent leathers keep a warm glow going.

25. Dolce & Gabbana 26. Chanel 27. Chanel

Paillettes, sequins and glitter maintain a glamorous holiday mood in handbags

28. Dolce & Gabbana 29. Stella Jean 30. Drap

Not-so-serious cartoon imagery on the bag should put the wearer into a carefree state of mind.