(Jacquemus' SS18 small bag was everywhere until it wasn't, pillow bags almost defined 2019, and severe logomania in 2020 gave way to restraint.) There are, of course, some notable exceptions to the norm, such as Chanel's iconic 11.12 Bag, Christian Dior's Lady Dior Bag, and the ever-popular Birkin. However, according to Libby Page, Net-a-senior Porter's market editor, the main bag trends for 2022 will walk the line between trendy and classic. "Heritage brands continue to perform well," she adds, noting that "people have shifted to more luxury-focused buying in the last two years or so."
Page predicts a return to craftsmanship with JW Anderson's knitted woven shopper, Chloé's macramé bag, and other woven bags that can hold everything and then some—as well as a much-welcome burst of colour with neon colours courtesy to Bottega Veneta's now-iconic characteristic Bottega Green.
Rachael Wang, a staunch supporter of ethical fashion, claims that the year's biggest bag trend has nothing to do with its shape or color. Instead, she is focused on moving items ahead. "I believe there will be increased interest in leather alternative handbags with a lower environmental impact," Wang predicts, citing Stella McCartney's Frayme bag, which is made from mycelium-based mushroom leather and "will have a ripple effect on the industry." Here are the top 7 handbag trends for 2022, as well as links to our favourite styles.