Call it coincidence, but every season has a noteworthy trend that luxury house designers seem to uncannily agree on. Fluffy tulle, the controversial pink/red combo, streetstyle-meets-runway, you get the point. It’s as if they’re all murmuring in agreement at some secret meeting we’re not privy to, well we like to think so anyway, because see, we’ve just stumbled upon another — this time, it’s tone-on-tone colour. Bags, both the highly iconic and brand-new silhouettes, are dipped in monochromatic shades, so that every part of its construction, from soft leather to hardware, clasps, and chains, come awash in bright candy tones. And hey, we can all do with some mood-lifting colours in our life, right about now.
Chanel Flap Bag
Are we surprised that CHANEL’s gone full tone-on-tone this season? Not really, especially considering all that colourful tweed we’ve been seeing on the Spring/Summer runway. It’s definitely a welcome offering. Here, the luxury French house embraces colour in bold form — a pretty pink and a brilliant blue on grained calfskin and that familiar diamond quilting, finished with the same hue on lacquered metal. This lovely number may not be as iconic as the Chanel 19 or 2.55, though it’s still recognisably “Chanel”, while we also love its compact size. Cute and classy can coexist after all.
This stunning silhouette debuted on the runway to, what we’re imagining, many swoons and sighs of delight, because, don’t we all love a slouchy-yet-structured bag? Givenchy gets that dichotomy right, with the new ID93, constructed with a soft matte leather with V-shaped topstitching, knotted leather bands on the sides, and a Double G piece done in the exact same colour tone. If we’re talking about thoughtful design, the bag even includes two removable shoulder straps, one in smooth leather and the other in twisted leather, which doubles up as an additional design element — still, we sometimes like the more impractical but breezy option of carrying it as a clutch. That, and the myriad of fun colour options such as a refreshing mint, kinda seals the deal for us.
GIVENCHY MEDIUM ID93 BAG IN SMOOTH LEATHER, $3,150
GIVENCHY LARGE ID93 BAG IN SMOOTH LEATHER, $3,850
Louis Vuitton Grenelle
Admittedly, the Grenelle may not be Louis Vuitton‘s most exciting offering, but we wouldn’t dare deny its workplace practicality. Classic and oh-so-elegant, we think it’s the structured style and the top handle that steers it towards lady-like sentimentality. Nonetheless, the long strap meant for crossbody wear, the Spring colours, and that oversized, tone-on-tone LV signature edge the Grenelle towards a more modern vibe than, say, if they’d gone for metallic hardware. With the extra flourish of grained Epi leather, consider this a very sleek option that takes you from grown-up business meetings to casual Fridays.
Valentino Garavani Vsling
As you can already tell, logomania’s getting subtle, and the Valentino Garavani VSLING is no different. The style looks set to be a house staple after its numerous appearances on the Fall/Winter 19 runway, and as we said before, it’s certainly one to covet. While the VLOGO is done understated thanks to that smart monochromatic choice, this then gives designers more room to play around with loud, vivid colour. Black, white, powder pink, chilli red, calming blue — whatever colour off the top of your head, Valentino’s already thought of, and constructed into this geometric crossbody we’d want to tout around everywhere we can.
1 & 2 — VALENTINO GARAVANI VSLING SMALL LEATHER SHOULDER BAG, £1,635
3 & 4 — VALENTINO GARAVANI VSLING SMALL TEXTURED-LEATHER SHOULDER BAG, £1,725
Furla 1927 Mini Crossbody 17
Furla’s revival is one to watch — season after season, the Italian label has been nailing it with modern designs that rival luxury house greats, with the quality to match. As savvy consumers, we couldn’t be happier. Seriously, a chic bag under $500? We’ll take it! Here, the recently-unveiled new brand logo, the Furla Arch — itself inspired by the door of the Fondazione Furla building in Bologna — makes a key appearance on the 1927 Mini Crossbody 17, framed by textured Ares leather. What do you know, the bag also measures 17 cm across, which explains the numerical figure in its name. While this sturdy saddle style features a playful leather tassel over its foldover flap, we think the fun part lies in its colour choices; pick from soft pastels such as rosa chiaro, a sweet pink, and crema, a creamy yellow, to fuoco, a bold flame red. Trust us, that’s all the statement you’ll need.
Furla 1927 Mini Crossbody 17 in FUOCO / RED ($351); CREMA / YELLOW (€255); ROSA CHIARO / PINK ($329)
A little sneak peek into an upcoming Pre-Fall collection, shall we? Word on the street is that the iconic Furla Metropolis gets dipped in exciting colour. The famed boxy style perhaps needs little introduction, but there are now rounded shapes, a shoulder strap version and a top handle version, as well as a compact rectangular style to lust over when the line launches in May. Previous iterations of the Metropolis may have included plain, floral, or graphic designs on leather and soft gold on the ABS closure system — not anymore. Shades of electric blue, fiery red, or warm yellow and orange are taking the lead, committed to that tone-on-tone style we can’t get enough of. And everybody loves commitment, right?
Prices TBC, available May at Furla stores.
Rimowa Essential Cabin
As a bonus, we’re even including luggage in this colour roundup, so of course RIMOWA’s Essential line fits the bill. You’d expect impeccable quality from the German brand, so let’s get that out of the way first: for the Cabin, we’re talking about a strong, durable, but lightweight polycarbonate hard shell luggage, designed to fit in airline overhead compartments. Now, colour. You’ll gladly spot these on the luggage belt — Coral, inspired by the Pink Lake in Western Australia; Sage, mirrored after the soothing green of England’s Lake District; and a cheery Saffron yellow that will surely remind you of Tuscany’s canola flower fields once you know the reference. This year, two more subdued shades join the line-up: Berry, a deep purple, and Glacier, a crisp blue that recalls Icelandic hues. Travelling luggage, inspired by famous locales we’d want to take off our travel bucket list too. Cue the wanderlust already.