In this season of dualities that oscillate between reassuring classics and exuberant novelties, the bag materials and details for FW22 reflect these extremes. Nevertheless, a common thread unites all the ingredients under one key word: sustainability.
This past year has been rich in research and development of alternative, less polluting, certified and sustainable materials. This is now an unavoidable trend. But the research goes further, and turns to finding a solution to reduce waste in the fashion industry. A new DIY aesthetic this year has prompted the patchwork spirit to invade Instagram profiles and influence the consumer’s aesthetic. This upcycling trend continues to pervade collections, which are designed to include material optimisation with even more mainstream results.
The research to obtain soft, supple effects with a casual and refined look is definitely important for FW22. New interpetations of matelassé, weaving and even pleating and gathering processes are giving chiaroscuro effects that elevate bags to sculptural objects.
On the other hand, airy and soft materials such as furs and feathers accessorise the looks.
As for the details, the trend of hardware as chains is always very strong in adoption and on social does not seem to wane. Fashion shows confirm it as an important trend, but a declining one.
To replace metal handles, new scrunchy shoulder straps are beginning to show signs. Where emerging brands are daring more with volume and materials, big brands are also introducing this detail for FW21.