Novelty bags of the season: Chanel's gondola, Gucci's crystal seashell and Lanvin's brass pear
Ornamental arm candy
Envisaging our everyday objects as ornate evening minaudieres, luxury brands are prepositioning quirky collector’s pieces for Fall 2019. Whether it’s Chanel’s ski apres-inspired gondola, Christopher Kane’s pill capsule of psychedelic gel, or Moschino’s unassuming can of hairspray, the season’s most whimsical offerings deserve an extra special spot on your display shelves.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the most unusual, tongue-in-cheek bag styles that are amusingly delightful yet at the same time, entirely desirable (looking at you, Lanvin’s brass pear clutch). Go ahead and shop our edit on the best conversational bags to invest in right this instant.
Oscar de la Renta Juice The Sheep shoulder bag, S$2,275 from Mytheresa
Loving introduced in the brand’s Fall 2019 collection, Juice the Sheep is an endearing character inspired by a “handsome Hebridean sheep” the House personally knows and adores.
Crafted from shearling, another highlight trend of the season, and lined in nappa leather, this adorable mini shoulder bag features details of the Scottish sheep such as mini legs and a sculpted head crafted from black leather peeking out from a cloud of plush shearling.
A charming addition to your evening ensemble, this bag will send plenty of oohs and ahhs your way.
Encapsulating JW Anderson’s design aesthetic that nails the perfect balance between head-in-the-clouds creativity and down-to-earth relevance, this cap bag is a much-anticipated release from the brand’s Fall ‘19 collection.
Made from calf leather, this unconventional bag boasts of the silhouette of a sporty cap. Team this with an oversized suit to bring a novel twist to sophisticated tailoring.
“Lettere” Dolce box bag in inlaid wood, S$9,100 from Dolce & Gabbana
Oozing with charm and sentimentality, Dolce & Gabbana’s box bag resembles a letter crafted from the heart. Down to the tiniest of details – such as being coiled by a rustic knotted string, light gold padlock embellished with an enamel flower, stamp from Italy, and a personalised compact mirror compartment found in the interior, this bag nails the romanticism of letter writing.
Jacquemus, one of the original propagators of the micro-bag trend, delivers yet another spectacular receptacle that changes the entire game of It-bags.
Handcrafted and woven from black raffia, the Le sac Espelho (which translates from French and Portuguese to “the mirror bag”) features ultra-long fringing detail interlaced with dainty white seashells. Carry this as a statement number to your next big party and watch as compliments ensue.
Christopher Kane gel and crystal clutch, S$980 from Farfetch
Christopher Kane’s crystal-trimmed PVC clutch bag is filled with translucent green gel that moves around and creates psychedelic patterns. An adventurous, quirky addition to your arsenal, this statement piece captures the nostalgic elements of a lava lamp.
Perfect for an everyday casual outfit due to its street style vibes, we can picture it being worn across the body while styled with a band tee, straight-leg jeans, and a pair of sneakers.
An art piece by itself, Lanvin’s exquisite pear-shaped minaudiere is crafted from brass in a gorgeous reddish-orange hue that looks as if it has masterfully painted in strokes on.
Featuring a slim leather strap which allows it to be carried on the wrist or by hand, this bag is engraved with the brand’s logo on the gold-plated leaf. Our obsession with this luxurious number places it right at the top of our wishlist this holiday season.
Debuted during Karl Lagerfeld’s last presentation at Chanel, the ski apres-inspired F/W ‘19 show, the ski gondola evening bag is made to resemble cable car lifts.
A closer look at the bag reveals many subtle details that can only be conceived by the genius that is the kaiser himself. The frosted windows showcase the interlocking Cs and the word “coco” with a heart drawn up on to mimic the foggy-effect you’d see on an actual ski lift.
The body of the limited edition bag features the House’s signature quilted design, and it is decorated with sparkling strass all over.