Trends


The return of the baguette

fendi baguette prada baguette

pictured from left: Prada spring 2020 runway / Fendi spring 2020 runway / Fendi spring 2020 runway /

photo credit: © iMAXtree.com

Do you remember the Fendi Baguette? If not, it is an iconic IT bag which found fame when Carrie Bradshaw in SATC coveted one, only to see it get stolen off her arm on the streets of New York, close to a  generation ago. That episode helped launched an already popular handbag into infamy. The Fendi Baguette was coveted around the world, and the short strap combined with the east/west design of the bag, created a handbag trend everyone needed to be wearing.

In the 90’s, handbag straps went from long to short in a decade. The early part of the 90’s offered us long straps which were leftover from the 80’s. As the decade wore on, the straps on our bags shrank until our handbags were tucked into our armpits by 2000.

As the first decade of the century progressed, handbag straps started to lengthen again, to the point where our bags offered a 70’s vibe, or cross body convenience. But, as we head in 2020, the pendulum is swinging back in the direction of the baguette; possibly fueled by Fendi’s relaunch in 2017. A new generation of handbag fans is discovering the baguette silhouette, while those of us who lived through it are ready to welcome it back.

My 5 favorite baguettes

We are currently in a state of the IT handbag type, as opposed to the IT bag. Instead of needing that one bag, made by that one brand, we are in a time when handbag style is king. This is great when it comes to individual tastes and budgets, not so great if you are a seeker of the ultimate IT item. You might have to actually choose a bag from a sea of designs, rather than be guided to that one bag, by that one brand.

It’s interesting that the baguette style is trending as we move in 2020. The spring 2020 runways around the globe offered us a different view of what’s to come in the new year for handbags. The runway handbag trends for spring 2020 included the return of the bucket bag, pleated bags, the multi-bag, the insanely over-sized cross body bag, classic 70’s shoulder bags, disco inspired bags, straw bags, exotic skin bags, and large puffy pouches shown both as clutches and as shoulder bags. Baguettes were hard to spot. How did they rise to fame at this moment? Is the 2017 return of the Fendi Baguette finally catching some steam? Or are consumers tired of longer straps, and seeking something fresh and new; because everything old is new again, right?

In the case of the baguette, you can always gravitate towards the Lord of the Baguettes; the Fendi Baguette. Or, you can enjoy this new IT bag style with a design by your favorite designer, in your favorite price point. There are a lot of options! I’m deciding between splurging on the Fendi Baguette or snapping up the Coach version in a fun color. I have always liked this handbag style, and I do own a few from back in the day; just not by Fendi. Which do you prefer?

Baguette styles online:

What do you think of the return of the baguette? Are you a fan of the short strap, or do you prefer a longer one?

If you are a baguette fan, what is your favorite way to wear your bag? Over the shoulder, inside the armpit? Or on your forearm, displayed for the world to see?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Bold prints and stripes for spring 2020 from New York Fashion Week

chiari boni spring 2020 nyfw

Chiara Boni le petite robe spring 2020 New York Fashion Week

Get ready to take center stage! There is nothing like an eye catching print. If you love bold, big, and bright, then the spring 2020 season is for you. Designers at the New York Fashion Week favored bold, bright, and dazzling prints, patterns, and stripes for the upcoming warm weather season; and no one will be able to fade into the background while wearing them.

Are you an animal print girl? Chiara Boni le petite robe will be your go-to designer for spring 2020. Prefer giant stripes? Cho Cheng and Noon by Noor have you covered. Looking for a pattern or print no one else has? Look no further than Custo Barcelona and Chiara Boni.

Chiara Boni

chiari boni spring 2020 nyfw chiari boni spring 2020 nyfw chiari boni spring 2020 nyfw

Indonesian Diversity

Kyle Richards

photo credit: courtesy of Kyle & Shadida PR by Andrew Warner

Noon by Noor

noon by noor nyfw spring 2020

Cho Cheng

cho cheng nyfw spring 2020

Custo

custo barcelona spring 2020 nyfw custo barcelona spring 2020 nyfw

photos courtesy of Custo Barcelona PR

It’s going to be a dazzling season next year. What do you think of bold prints, patterns, and stripes for spring 2020? Which do you prefer? Bold prints, or wide stripes?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Asymmetrical plaid and mis-matched sneakers

new york street style plaid trend fall 2019 plaid dress fall 2019

wearing: earrings / sunglasses / lipstick / plaid and black dress / black handbag / nail polish / Gucci sneakers /

Plaid is a huge trend this fall 2019 season, so I knew it was something I wanted to rock at New York Fashion Week. I didn’t want to do wear a menswear look, or attempt to wear plaid pants; which make me look fat-let’s just admit it. So, when I spotted this comfortable yet very plaid dress, I knew it was the perfect way to rock the plaid trend without adding girth to my frame.

This dress turned out to be so comfortable! The top is a cotton blend which is soft and breathable; perfect for New York’s humidity. I loved the layered plaid fabric, and pretend arm tie around the waist. I decided to give it some fashion week, street style edge, by pairing the dress with sneakers. Now, this is fashion week, so I wasn’t going to pair it with my cardio kickboxing sneakers, oh no, these sneakers had to be fashion week appropriate. Enter Gucci. . .

front row nyfw spring 2020

Sitting front row at Spring Studios with my friends Belle Haute and Fashionality.nyc / switched bag and earrings during the day: Cross body bag (sold out-similar here) / scarf tied on bag / hoop earrings /

So when I spotted this pair of fall 2019 Gucci sneakers, I knew they would be my workhorse shoe of fashion week. It’s always good to have fashionable, yet comfortable, shoes on hand for busy days of running to shows. These sneakers encompassed two fall 2019 shoe trends; lug platforms, and mis-matched. Yes, you read that right, mis-matched.

There is a huge trend right now to wear mis-matched shoes. People around the globe are wearing the same shoe, in two different colors. I am not sure if they come like that, or if people are buying the same shoe in two colors; nevertheless, mis-matched feet were everywhere on the streets of New York Fashion Week. My version of the trend was a bit more, shall we say, understated?

These Gucci sneakers had one green back, and one red back. That’s all. Nothing crazy. Just a tiny touch of a crazy trend. I don’t think anyone who saw my shoes even noticed the backs were different. Haha

I wore these sneakers almost every day. They were really comfy, and kept my feet happy throughout fashion week. Love that!

Stay tuned to seeing more of this dress as fall progresses. I plan to pair with boots and a jacket. It’s my favorite dress of the season!

Shop my plaid New York Fashion Week look:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

nyfw street stylefall 2019 street style trends