I will begin this post by offering my apologies to all our male readers for neglecting their needs. Señora Cartera hasn't been one focus on "man bags", but that fact is about to change. Expect more in-depth coverage during men's fashion weeks as well as an increase in man bag reviews. Now that I've dispensed with the niceties, let's dive into the best that Paris and Milan menswear fashion weeks had to offer. The two major standout collections were from Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton presented a clean, utilitarian bag collection that will appeal to men and women alike. Everyday carry-alls, weekenders and the city-staple backpack were all present and accounted for. Sharp lines, minimalist detailing and classic silhouettes were done in everything from leather to canvas. Although LV's signature Damier pattern made its' usual appearance on the runway, it was the plethora of logo-less bags that really made a statement. I love what Paul Helbers has done with Louis Vuitton menswear. What a pity his boss, Marc Jacobs, can't take a cue from Helbers' more refined style choices and apply them to women's handbags.
Let's move onto Gucci, shall we? One can't help but admire the stylish menswear offerings this fashion house sent down the runway for the fall. Save for a few amazing designs from their spring 2010 bag collection, Gucci's women's bag collections have become predictably ho-hum. While I love the fact that a woman is the sole creative mind and driving force behind the iconic fashion house, I wonder why Frida Giannini cannot infuse the pared-down perfection of these man bags into her women's collection. The muted creams and greys found on roomy satchels and travel bags were complimented by wrap-around canvas insets that never appeared like afterthoughts. My only concern is with a couple of suede hobo-like shoulder bags that seemed too feminine and boring to be part of this collection. Except for that tiny misstep, Giannini delivers quality designs to Gucci's youthful male fan base. Let's hope she can do the same for her female clientelé.
I have a few more menswear goodies from the fall collections I'll be sharing with all of you very soon, so stay tuned!
Photo source: gq.com
Photo source: gq.com