FW22 will celebrate the return of handbags. The accessory had been missed during lockdowns spend indoors over the past one and a half years. Now, the customer will begin to invest in safe, everyday and multifunctional pieces. From the office to the home office and vice versa – this new routine will lead to capacious, solid and minimalist bags. In fact, shapes for basics are becoming more sober but sharper in their execution. Aiming for a more pure and essential design, the new styles are largely inspired by geometric shapes. For statement pieces and more creative designs, angular shapes can be pushed into innovative and conceptual territories, following the approaches of brands like Coperni and Bottega Veneta.
Apart from that, the functional-casual trend is going to extend in form of continue new modular shapes. Those new styles can be worn individually or added to existing products as an added-value element. This concept of having multiple bags within one purchased item will have customers eager to spend.
The mini-bag can be worn cross-body or around the neck as a necklace, turning it into more of a jewelry product than a bag. Nevertheless, the nano-bag includes functionality as well. it may serve as a card and cell phone holder, or simply a mini lipstick vanity case.
Another FW22 trend, 2000s-inspired Hobo shapes, will continue to grow and spread to a wider audience for the upcoming seasons. The predicted growth is confirming the bag’s commercial potential. The visibility of this shape, associated with brands like Gucci and Prada, has increased on Instagram by 350% in the past year, thanks to re-editions of Prada’s 2000s nylon bag etc. The appeal of this style has remained the highest in the States and Asia, especially China, and amongst a rather young target audience, under 30. For FW22, however, thee style will not fail to invade European markets.
Lastly, party bags are a trend not to miss for FW22. The boom in social life, the return to nightlife, ceremonies and parties, will certainly demand for new playful, joyful and unfailing accessory. From pearls and beads, dear to Gen-Z, to metallic leather and rhinestone embellishments, the party bag celebrates a highly distinctive look. Retro inspirations, taken from the roaring 20’s, include chains and metallic or rhinestone fringes and are similarly seeking to embellish these handbags.