Shelby M.C. Davis might not have had handbags in mind when he said, “invest for the long haul. Don’t get too greedy and don’t get too scared,” but it’s easy to see how this applies to our wardrobe and the handbags we choose. Because while following the constant influx of new trends keeps you modish, it’s always prudent to invest in designer purses that can stand the test of time.
When shopping for a new bag to add to your closet, a quick peek at recent runway collections, celebrity renderings, and fashion influencers’ adoptions is always a great place to start. For our latest collection review, I take a look at some of 2023’s biggest bag trends as seen in the latest Valentino Garavani handbag releases.
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The new Valentino Garavani designer bags caught my attention as they mirror the assortment of handbags the fashion space is currently brimming with. From vintage quilts to avant-grade molds, the latest bag trends are as diverse as the women who rock them, and I’ve got my faves picked out.
Ready to invest in the best 2023 bag trends? Here are my top picks…
#1. Elongated shoulder bags
There’s a level of sophistication only an elongated shoulder bag can give. With clean curves, sturdy construction, and a sleek finish, this elegant piece is adaptable enough to serve all through the day. These attributes make them an obvious choice for the “if you know, you know” crowd. Designers like Valentino Garavani, Jacquemus, and Burberry have created different variations of the elongated shoulder bag in ways that effortlessly express individuality.
From New York to Paris, celebrities and style influencers have been seen styling their elongated shoulder bags with everything from dresses to jeans to formal suits. It’s almost like the unspoken access into the sophisticated girls’ gang.
If you’re a maximalist whose mantra remains ‘go big or go home’, then I can bet you’re no stranger to logomania. Since the release of the Valentino Garavani Toile Iconographe bags at the Maison Unboxing Valentino Spring/Summer 2023 show, these all-over-logo bags have been at the forefront of the logomania trend. The small Valentino Garavani Locò top handle bag is a personal favorite.
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South Korean actress Jung Yumi was photographed for Harper’s Bazaar Korea April issue in a full-on Valentino Toile Iconographe look that somehow managed to defy the usual overwhelming feel of logomania. The surprising subtlety of her look pushed forward the narrative that logomania can be both a timeless and voguish selection.
#3. Re-imagined bucket bags
Bucket bags can be christened ‘functional’ and not an eyelid would bat in revolt. They are perfect for the fashion-forward woman who loves to stand out, literally. Some of us head out with our phones, power bank, lipstick, foundation, mints and everything else we think will keep us comfortable all day long––and desire a bag that accommodates every little piece we can throw in and pick out at will without screaming “grandma’s bag!” That’s where a bucket bag comes in.
The Valentino Garavani Le Cinquième bucket bag marries the traditional characteristics of a bucket bag with a molded goatskin shell that is truly unique––and might I add, avant grade in design. A bag that holds my daily essentials and more, yet also gives off an unapologetic aura of style? Count me in!
#4. Quilted textures
The now ubiquitous quilted bags are a vintage lover’s dream come true. Thanks to an infusion of contemporary designs like the elongated shoulder straps, oversized cuts and puffer aesthetics, this timeless handbag trend is once again a wardrobe staple. This explains why quilted handbags remain a fixture in designer collections like Valentino Garavani, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Burberry.
#5. Embellished beauties
To add a little sparkle to your outfit, embellished bags are the best way to go. From party-girl sequins, polished pearls, hand-made embroidery, and slinky feathers, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to embellished bags. Women’s purses with embellishments are known to punctuate any outfit with the glam factor needed for special occasions. The Valentino Garavani Locò small shoulder bag takes things a notch higher with a rich 3D-effect embroidery and Swarovski® crystals-covered brand logo closure. If the memo says “bring the drama,” this bold purse is sure to pass the vibe check.
#6. The versatile mini bag
This year, the mini bag continues to dazzle in the limelight of street style trends. At first glance, mini bags may seem less of a choice, but its consistent popularity proves otherwise. Designers continue to push the boundaries of traditional bag designs, experimenting with unconventional styles to create eye-catching mini pieces that are versatile in design and function. Think casual enough to be worn as a crossbody during the day, yet chic enough to be carried as a statement arm candy at night.
On days you prefer a simpler approach to handbags, wristlets step up to play. These small bags are big on style and utility, with just enough space for your phone, keys, photo ID and credit cards. The understated nature of a wristlet by no means discredits their existence. The perfect on-the-go accessory, they not only serve their purpose with ease but easily convey your simplicity and classy flair.
Thanks to high-fashion designers who combat the distaste of the basic, this must-have accessory is available in several desirable textures, hues, and silhouettes to fit any affair. This may explain why they have remained so popular and are one of 2023’s top bag trends.
Featured Image: Tamu McPherson posed up with the Valentino Garavani Locò Toile Iconographe bag
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Elfonnie Anusionwu is the Founder, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Style Rave. A mother by day and night and a humanitarian at heart, Elfonnie is a fashion, lifestyle and culture aficionado who's committed to inspiring a generation of stylish and confident wo(men) as they pursue their dreams. At Style Rave, we aim to inspire our readers by providing engaging content to not just entertain but to inform and empower you as you ASPIRE to become more stylish, live smarter and be healthier. Follow us on Instagram @StyleRave_ ♥