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Resort 17 trends - Bags: ultra decoration

Sandra Halliday
19 July 2016

Kate Spade and Anya Hindmarch are riding high at the moment, which makes sense given the strong feel for decoration that's running through handbag design at the middle to upper end of the market. The Resort shows added further weight to that trend with an orgy of embellishment, print, appliqué and high profile hardware.

There are some clear winners in the decorative stakes with Union Jacks (either as an allover design or placement motif) and florals (printed, appliqué, or embroidered) out in front.

Exotic allovers, influenced by tribal designs or Asian culture, also look strong and make the most of bagmakers’ embroidery and handpainting skills, although at high street level this look is more likely to be achieved through printed fabric panels.

But allover pattern isn’t the only option in the spotlight with placement pattern also popular. That can mean animal motifs, logos or slogans or non-branded designs like Just Cavalli’s rising sun.

Edge trim is key too. That could mean a leather trim in multicolour geometrics or, more often, decorative studding (usually silver, sometimes multicolour) on shoulder straps and bag flaps.

And let’s not forget decorative hardware. A decorative (sometimes jewelled) clasp can transform an otherwise-classic bag into an on-trend statement style, as well as justifying a sky-high price.

Image credits. L to R: DSquared, Rebecca Minkoff, Miu Miu, Fendi, Just Cavalli, MSGM, Miu Miu, Valentino, Fendi

Read more Resort 17 Trend Reports:

Denim: from dressed up to ultra decorated

Jackets: the bomber and the biker go into battle

Ankle boots: key updates

Dresses: the three key shapes

Details: a frill a minute

Designers say relax!

Print: pattern play

Bags: watch out, snakes about

Bags: a mini adventure

Bags: colourful carryalls

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