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SS23 runway trends: handbag report

By Jayne Mountford


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Image: Loewe SS23 /Catwalk Pictures

Many high-end brands are defined by their “it” bags and are very often an integral element of any runway collection. Not surprisingly, when it is estimated that projections for the global luxury handbag market exceed a valuation of 35.4 billion dollars by 2031. The Spring/Summer 2023 season was no exception with a wide variety of shapes and sizes shown. These four styles were the most frequently seen.

Oversized bags

Image: Louis Vuitton SS23/Catwalk Pictures

At Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière showed supersized portfolio style clutch bags with an enlarged LV logo and intricate branded chain handles.

Image: Louis Vuitton SS23/Catwalk Pictures

The cloche clés key holder was also enlarged.

Image: Altuzzarra SS23/Catwalk Pictures

In New York, Joseph Altuzzarra showed a generously proportioned beige canvas tote with brown leather straps.

Image: Stella McCartney SS23/Catwalk Pictures

At Stella McCartney, vegan leather bags had oversized chain handles.

Image: Proenza Schouler SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Proenza Schouler showed a large leather drawstring bag in a variety of colors including cobalt blue, yellow and black patent.

Handheld satchels and hobos

Image: Jil Sander SS23/Catwalk Pictures

At Jil Sander, Luke and Lucie Meier showed a large hobo in peach leather.

Image: Prada SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Prada’s smooth black leather handbag had a winged gusset with drawstrings

Image: Loewe SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Loewe had an east-west version in a variety of colors

Image: Bottega Veneta SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Bottega Veneta showed a smooth brown leather structured handbag with a cutout handle

Chain handle bags

Image: Chanel SS23/Catwalk Pictures

At Chanel, a re-interpretation of the classic chain handle handbag. A drawstring bag in black patent leather embellished with pearls and a branded coin.

Image: Versace SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Versace showed a classic black leather satchel embellished with silver studs and a detachable chain handle.

Image: Alexander MacQueen SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Alexander MacQueen showed a chain handle bag in white with signature ring holder detailing.


Image: Moschino SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Moschino showed several quirky handbags including a bucket style bag illustrated with an under-the-seas cartoon motif.

Image: JW Anderson SS23/Catwalk Pictures

At JW Anderson, a top zip east-west satchel had a laser print of an Hawaiian sunset.

Image: Victoria Beckham SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Victoria Beckham’s clutch was covered in layers of fringe.

Image: Acne Studio SS23/Catwalk Pictures

Acne Studios accessorized several looks with a mini hand held bag covered in spikes.