Friday, August 8, 2014

Fashion Trend Report: Patterned Bags

We've all got the handbag basics covered—black shoulder bag, tan tote, maybe a brightly-hued clutch—but this season's "it" arm candy is much more adventurous.

Printed handbags made a shining debut on the Spring 2014 runways, emblazoned with bold optic patterns, abstract florals and even the occasional artistically rendered woman.

Designers including Giorgio Armani for Emporio Armani, Miuccia Prada for Prada and Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi accessorized their runway looks with printed bags at the shows. At Emporio Armani, washed-out floral patterns lent a feminine touch to menswear-inspired clothing. Prada dabbled in both bold color and Pop Art–esque profiles of women on its bags. At Fendi, fluid, eye-catching prints were among the statement bags shown.

Celebrities known for pushing the fashion envelope have been quick to embrace this trend. Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have been seen toting bags straight from Prada's runway. Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, Kourtney Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon have also been spotted with printed bags in tow.


Give your same-old tote a rest and pick up one of these gorgeous printed bags as soon as possible. We found a few worth filling your cart with from Hobo, Marni, Tory Burch, French Connection and Kelly & Katie Lawrence.

Hobo Zara Print Leather Crossbody Bag, $108, at Nordstrom; Marni Printed Lightweight Backpack, $495, at; Tory Burch Printed Garden Messenger, $305, at; French Connection Mod Squad Medium Tote, $98, at; Kelly & Katie Lawrence Printed Tote, $30, at DSW

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