Milan Fashion Week is in full swing right now, and there is a lot of interest focused on the runways at big houses like Gucci and Prada. Gucci definitely got back to its glamourous roots with an extremely strong show by designer Frida Giannini, and Miuccia Prada exclaimed “go bold!” when talking about her Spring 2011 line.
Both houses showed very bright, solid punches of color–but both were in very different contexts. Gucci embraced the ’70s era vibe that we saw at Marc Jacobs, and dialed it up by adding gold python accents, feathers and beads. Prada went for quite the opposite: a very utilitarian chic that seemed to take inspiration from working-class uniforms. Whichever you prefer, it’s always fun to see what’s new out of Milan.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that bags other than Chanel come in quilted materials. But they definitely do, and one of our current faves is the updated Miu Miu Coffer bag carried by Rachel Bilson, above. The elongated diamond pattern and oversized turn lock is just unusual enough to turn heads, but the oversized silhouette and rich shade of brown make it perfect for every day use. Here are a couple of our picks for non-Chanel quilted bags, or click to shop our whole collection.
BALENCIAGA Quilted Matelasse
MARC JACOBS Blue Metallic Quilted Python Bag
I pulled this image from the recent Marc Jacobs runway show as soon as I saw it–I’m drawn to it in a number of inexplicable ways. Maybe it’s the ballerina vibe (I myself wore point shoes until age 16), maybe it’s the sketch-like quality derived from the wispy black stitching, or maybe it’s just the beautiful trompe l’oeil that confuses your brain a bit.
You can get a similar look in real life by choosing a bag with topstitching that really accentuates a pattern. This Chanel Tan Lambskin Big Stitch Quilted Large ZipTote is a perfect example of using dark thread on a light leather to create visual interest.
Another good choice would be this Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Olympe Cirrus Show Bag. While it doesn’t use a black accent, the stitching is over cloudy lambskin in such a way that the logo feels more like a beautiful pattern than a corporate sign.