Hugo Matha handbags

French designer Hugo Matha has a way with accessories. Take his plexi glass and wooden clutches. They sound a little complicated, but the light-as-air 100 year old wood and curved, clear plexi glass (which acts as the lid), are both beautifully handcrafted sculptures and incredibly unique purses.

Born and raised on a vineyard in the Aveyron region of Southern France, Matha employs the same grape makers to craft his bags during the wine making off-season. For Fall 2016, he introduced a new silhouette to his repertoire: the tote/clutch hybrid. The shape is traditional Matha: inventive, practical, and unexpected. Wire handles make it sturdy and easy to carry and the front pocket practical. Consider him a new—and standout—member of the French fashion guard.

Own your own.

New designers Koché, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Magda Butrym

When Vetements sent its deconstructed, reinvented take on classic wardrobe pieces down the runway, it began a streetwear revolution. All of a sudden, torn up reimagined denim, floral dresses, and oversized sweatshirts became symbols of a new, punk-ish way to wear your clothes. They seemed like ordinary pieces a college kid could pull out of his closet, but in a whole new way. It was a step back from the ‘70s nostalgia that had plagued the runways at Gucci (pre-Alessandro Michele), Chloé, and Saint Laurent, and reflected a fresh wave in the industry.

Two seasons later and Vetements has solidified itself as the cool crew's label. Designer Demna Gvasalia’s band of street kids is changing up the fashion landscape, and a slew of separate tribes has emerged—the eccentric and maximalist Gucci girls, the futuristic Louis Vuitton warriors, and the street gangs of Vetements. Following suit is a group of inspired young labels. Koché, the Parisian-based offering by designer Christelle Kocher, who is also the creative director for Maison Lemarié, one of the specialist ateliers (in this case, feathers) owned by Chanel subsidiary Paraffection. Her pieces are more party than Vetements, but possess the same type of patched together, alternate fabrications and reinvented silhouettes. Then there’s Gosha Rubchinskiy, whose Russian menswear label possesses a punk-ish, Soviet-inspired vibe that has won him legions of followers. Lastly is Magda Butrym, a luxury, ready-to-wear label that delivers evening wear pieces with street influences. A silver, sequinned dress could be worn to a ball, but then slashed at the sides to feel more appropriate at a sketchy club in the early hours of the morning.

(From left: Gosha Rubchinskiy, Magda Butrym, and Koché)

Fall 2016 Trend: Wide Bag Straps

Courtesy of In Digital

Courtesy of In Digital

They say that three’s a trend, but there were more than three shows that offered up ultra-wide bag straps for Fall 2016. Consider Christian Dior (shown far left), where the shoulder bags were covered in sequins and bows, and finished off with a wide canvas strap (in addition to smaller handles). This is a trend built for the modern day woman—with purpose and practicality in mind. At Valentino (center), where the inspiration was ballet, you could imagine prima ballerinas leaving practice with bags slung across their chests, filled with pastel pink pointe shoes and leotards. At Burberry, straps were wider than wide, with a strong military feeling. They almost looked like a clutch, with a strap so wide you’d have to wear it across your body. Wider straps also appeared at Prada, where the message was more is more and the bags were criss crossed across bodies laden with corsets. 

Consider it form meets function.