If you're in the market for the best designer bags and you're willing to invest in something extra special (but of course!), we are here to give you a heads-up on the most knockout—not to mention new—luxe styles destined for It-bag status.
In recent years, It bags have been more elegant and understated than their "look-at-me" bells-and-whistles predecessors. With fewer logos and an emphasis on classic silhouettes, there has been a move toward pieces that you'll love forever (instead of versions that only have a place in your heart for a couple months). And the good news is that this makes the steep price tags a lot more justifiable. Right?
But there are also some standout showstoppers among the mix of classic bags, including Balenciaga's striped, colourful shoppers and Gucci's bright-pink chain bags. So what is this season's answer to the Chloé Faye or the Gucci Soho? We've broken down the hottest new deliveries arriving in every good luxury department near you, from the new-look Mulberry crossbody everyone's going to be after to the super-smart Loewe bag.
Keep reading to see and shop 2016's best new designer handbags…
Gucci: The Marmont Bag
Pink is a key colour for A/W 16, and Gucci (never one to shy away from a statement) has served up the most delicious bubblegum-hued chain-strap bag. The Marmont medium shoulder bag in quilted leather with a GG logo fastening is a street style star's favourite already, and it was carried by Elle Fanning at the Gucci show at Westminster Abbey.
If Pepto-Bismol pink isn't for you, the Marmont is available in white and black too.
Balenciaga: The Bazar
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Balenciaga's Bazar shopping bags only dropped in August, and they are already becoming the most buzzed-about bags of the year. Natasha Goldenberg and Pernille Teisbaek have already been spotted at Copenhagen Fashion Week in the shoppers, which are a riff on the traditional Thai shopping bags you can buy for £1–2 at market stalls; as such, they are dividing opinion and causing many a debate.
Love or loathe it, this is already hands down the most talked about bag of the year.
J.W.Anderson: The Pierce
J.W.Anderson debuted The Pierce bag with his pre-A/W 16 collection, and it's already proving to be a hit with the influencer crowd—Sincerely Jules hasn't let hers leave her side. It's instantly clockable, thanks to the giant gold metal ring on the flap.
For his last collection at Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane presented an '80s-tastic extravaganza complete shoulder pads and disco-inspired minidresses. This micro quilted heart pouch is a perfect party piece and your own piece of YSL history.
Micro bags are having a moment this year, and this is undoubtedly one of the cutest around.
Mulberry: The Clifton
When it was announced that Mulberry was appointing a creative director who was previously in charge of handbags at Céline, there was considerable pressure on appointee Johnny Coca to create the heritage brand's "next Bayswater." He has delivered with the Clifton—an elegant crossbody with numerous tidy pockets. A practical style for the season ahead.
It might look small, but this is a very functional everyday bag thanks to the neat compartments.
Loewe: The Hammock
Loewe's Hammock bag (already spotted on Lara Stone) might look like a simple, classic bag, but Jonathan Anderson has created a seriously clever design for the Spanish house. It can be worn in a number of different ways, from a crossbody to a top-handle tote. If you need any more persuading, inside it's a roomy chuck-everything-in-it bag with a number of tidy pockets.
There's good reason many have been spotted wearing the Lockette Petite bags. They're easy to carry and look chic with any outfit. Every season, Choo now brings out more iterations, and clearly it's working, as increasing numbers of street style stars and celebrities tote them around fashion week and red carpet events.
This navy version is going to go with everything in your autumn winter wardrobe. Trust us on this.
Chloé: The Lexa
Chloé has a habit of creating cult bags, and this season the house has served up another ace—the Lexa. The soft, suede crossbody satchel is available in four colour-ways and is a perfect desk-to-drinks bag.
The Louis Vuitton Twist PM is one of the boldest of the new autumn drops, with a printed silk scarf as a handle and hotel stickers across the tote. It's popular with younger LV fans, including Zendaya, who carried it to the Cruise 17 show in Rio.
This is a bag designed for (luxe) holidays, thanks to Ghesquière's playful take on hotel stickers.
Anya Hindmarch: The Ebury
For A/W 16, Anya Hindmarch presented a '90s Tetris-inspired tech-y collection, where one of the standout pieces in the lineup was this pixel-print multicolour Ebury tote. This has coding queen Karlie Kloss's name on it. Really!