S/S 16 Bag Edit: Designer Style Steals

Ever lusted after the gorgeous bags which have graced the catwalks of Chloé, Burberry, Dior, but not wanted to spend the price of several months of rent on a single bag? Now you don’t have to. High street stores are increasingly taking inspiration from big-name brands. Often, they not only follow the trends established by the catwalks, but also release specific designs similar to those which we saw on the catwalks back at the Fashion Weeks last September. Click the photo to shop!

A break down of S/S 16 trends…

1. Mini bags

Seen all over the catwalk from Burberry to Marc Jacobs, mini bags have got even smaller this season, expanding to include bags designed specially as smartphone holders (as seen at Burberry). Most high street brands have embraced the mini trend, with River Island paying particular attention to the Céline luggage tote as an inspiration.

burberry phone bag
furla candy
Furla Candy
new look mini
New Look

New Look

Getting major Furla Candy vibes from this bag – down to the patent finish and tiny square design.

new look mini celine
New Look

New Look is clearly taking inspo from the Céline luggage tote with this mini-version – note the shape and the contrast trim.

There’s also a new shape on the town: the circle. Although perhaps not the most practical of shapes, for storage purposes, it certainly looks pretty cool.

emilio pucci circle
Emilio Pucci
topshop circle

2. Bright, vibrant colours

Often taking bright, geometric shapes à la Ralph Lauren, or vibrant metallics à la Phillip Lim.

ralph lauren multi
Ralph Lauren
phillip lim
Phillip Lim
new look metallic
New Look

3. Patchwork

This was a massive trend on the S/S 16 catwalks, particularly at Chloé, and has been embraced readily by River Island. River Island is definitely my go-to for amazing bags with designer-qualify looks, often retailing around £40, slightly more if leather.

chloe patchwork
ri patchwork
River Island
ri patchwork 2
River Island
topshop patchwork

4. Embroidery

Embroidery has also been another major trend in bags, as part of the wider embellishment trend (including patches, pom poms, and so on). See Gucci for gorgeous embroidery as the one below – or River Island or M&S for a cheaper alternative. As you can see, the chain strap also makes a bold return, moving away from its Chanel legacy.

gucci embroidered
ri embroidery
River Island
m&s embellished

5. Fringe

A major trend at Chloe & Tory Burch, you need look no further than the Chloé fringed cross body for gorgeous inspo. But high street retailers have increasingly jumped on the fringe bandwagon, too; in line with the broader boho trend.

jane fringed crossbody chloe
Chloé Jane Fringed Crossbody
RI fringed crossbody
River Island

River Island clear taking major inspo from Chloé here – the boxy, square style and gold clasp, as well as cross body style clearly influenced by the cult Chloé bag – but available at RI for a fraction of the price.

6. Kitsch

The wackier the bag, the better. A trend probably started by Moschino, which has always pushed the boundaries of fashion, extremely loud, kitsch-style bags have moved into the design stratosphere, being embraced by Anya Hindmarch and Kate Spade NY.

kate spade kitsch
Kate Spade NY

kate spade kitsch 2
Kate Spade NY


new look kitsch
Kitsch à la New Look
new look kitsch 2
New Look

Sorry Beyoncé, lemons are out. Appaz pineapples are the new fashion fruit.

7. Pom Poms

A trend also embraced on shoes (Aquazurra’s sandals in particular); these were also plastered all over the runway, and have developed their own, purse-friendly replicas.


dolce & gabanna
Dolce & Gabbana

zara pom pom

Pom Poms have also been increasingly adopted as bag charms, thanks to Fendi’s popularisation of the bag charm trend.  Pom Pom charms adorned the House of Holland catwalks, but can be bought more cheaply from Grafea. River Island also has major bag charm inspo.

house of holland pom pom bag
House of Holland


grafea bag charm

I have been lusting over one of those Grafea bags for months. There’s currently a sale on the Grafea website, with the mini backpacks such as the Belle (pictured above) starting from £130.

All the best,


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