In 2017 we’ve seen some unique bag shapes and styles, for example the Chloe Nile bag that continues to be a sell out item with its half moon for the mini, unique shape for the medium and and gold ring-handle detailing which can turn the crossbody bag also a hand held bag. We’ve seen the introduction of some very structured and boxy bags such as the Grace bag by Mark Cross which looks like a mini trunk and the minimal style fashion maven’s favorite Prada Cahier bag. Today, I am going to go into details with the evolution of these bags and how it affects the 2018 bag trends.
2018 – the year of Canteen Bag vs The Trunk/Box Bag. Whether you are team Canteen or team Box, truth be told, both trends are heavy hitters this year. You will see designers, mid-tier retailers, budget knockoffs doing all sorts of bags that is either round or boxy. Let’s start with the round or Canteen bags. The shape of this bag is by no means a new thing, it has been there for decades and happens to have a revival on the runways for Spring/Summer 2018 for a few major designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Chloe. Chloe has already released its Nile bag cousin – Chloe Pixie in 2017 causing quite a stir. Major street style trend leaders like Brittney from Thrifts and Threads, and Song of Style have already been toting this around.
Adding even more luxury to team Canteen, Louis Vuitton debuted its Petite Boite Chapeau Bag on the Cruise 2018 runway again on the Spring 2018 runway it has been the hottest bag for the brand. Every socialite and elite fashionistas want to get their hands one of them. Adding to the buzz, there was no information about the bag anywhere, but photos of the bag everywhere. It reminded me of an antique hat box and that is exactly that. Secondly, first-introduced in the Fall Winter 2017 Collection Act 2, the Chanel Round As Earth Bag is their step into the shapely bags. No retail information has been given for this bag yet, but the wait list is already a few pages long so expect this to be the next big bag since Le Boy.
Now let’s switch team and talk about the Trunk or Box bag. Inspired by the bag that Grace Kelly carried in the 1954 film Rear Window, Mark Cross’s Grace bag looks like a mini luggage trunk and a heavy vintage flair. A popular among low key fashion celebs like Alexa Chung and Emmy Rossum, this bag exudes elegance but has a quirky kick. Another boxy bag popular with the minimal fashionistas is the Prada Cahier that many edgy young fashion blogger likes to carry. With gold hardware covering the corners of the bag and materials like velvet and studded leather, it is easy to see why Erica from Fashioned Chic Styling and Jill Wallace of Little Black Boots loves this bag so much.
So after reading these are you ready to pick a side? Are you Team Canteen or Team Box? I really can’t choose because I love them both and I’ve listed some of my favorites below in various price points for your consideration. Comment below which major 2018 bag trend do you like!