Well, we hope you have chosen your shoe of the year up until now because it’s now time to decide the bag of the season (and year). Following in the footsteps of your favourite shoes, the bags are also all about bright and bold dramatic flair in a range of colours, shapes, and logos. While iconic classics like Chanel Classic Flap Bag and Hermès Birkin and Kelly reign supreme (even with amped-up price points and quota restrictions), brands have brought a fresh take on the archival silhouettes, versatile everyday heroes, and logomania for 2022. From oversized shoppers to half-moon hobo, from retro reissues to Y2K redux – the hottest bags of 2022 flawlessly balance out off-the-moment designs and timeless elegance. And ahead, we have rounded up a list of IT bags that are currently ruling the world of fashion and Instagram alike, with style inspiration from fashion-forward influencers and celebrities on the side.
Leonie Hanne, Hanna Lhoumeau, Masoom Minawala, Niki Wu Jie
A crescent-shaped bag with oversized ‘FENDI’ lettering sneaking in from the bottom, the Fendigraphy is a super elegant offering with a fun, playful take on logomania. From being slung across the shoulder to being worn like a bold cuff on the wrist, this statement piece is a great option for breathing a bit of main character energy into your wardrobe.
BALENCIAGA LE CAGOLE
Tiffany Hsu, Maria Bernad, Natalie Winter, Karin Teigl
All thing Balenciaga has become somewhat of a cult – with the Le Cagole bag undeniably being one of the most popular products to revel in the viral popularity of Balenciaga. With a hobo-shaped, moto-inspired design, Le Cagole is a perfect nod to the 2000s and Balenciaga’s iconic motorcycle bag. And yes, it fits in with both Millennial and Gen Z aesthetics, especially with its nostalgic yet fresh appeal.
Chriselle Lim, Joonior, Hilary Tsui, Cansu Akin
While the love and aspiration for Chanel’s quilted bags know no bounds, Chanel 22 happens to be a refreshing addition to their classic Parisian line-up. Named after the year 2022, the bag serves effortless luxury with its slouchy, sack-like style and minimal design. If you have ever wanted to wear Chanel for grocery runs and beach vacations, this is it.
Sibil Çetinkaya, Camila Coelho, Marije Zuurveld, Najma Ahmed
Prada’s triangle logo is one of the most recognizable logos amongst fashion enthusiasts, and well, the Italian fashion house has always fueled these enthusiastic appetites with uber-cool triangle logo accessories and more. To keep up with the logo craze, they have taken the triangle to new geometric proportions with the Prada Triangle bag, i.e., a large-sized shoulder bag that bears the same triangle shape of the logo with a tonal embossed logo on one side and an enamelled metal triangle logo on the other. Choose your side – either way, it is a subtle, sleek, and sensational adaption of the triangle logo.
Linn Eklund & Fanny Ekstrand, Melissa Bech, Veronica Li, Emili Sindlev
In the much-trending shape of the crescent moon, Loewe Luna is a minimal yet elevated edition of the hobo bag, with its jacquard version featuring the signature Anagram pattern being the dominant choice of Loewe and Anderson admirers. A quintessential bag for those who favour the ease of slouch as much as the poise of the elevated classics.
VALENTINO GARAVANI ONE STUD
Sara Legge, Caroline Daur, Elsa, Rebecca Lim
Valentino Rockstud’s fame has traversed years and generations with an array of styles that continue to appear on and off the runway. The latest iteration that’s been popping up on Instagram is Valentino Garavani One Stud – a clean and contemporary bag characterized by a bold, maxi stud in the centre. Oh! And it’s been designated with immediate cult status, courtesy of Zendaya.
Alexandra Pereira, Emmanuelle Koffi, Jenny Walton, Paola Locatelli
Crafted from Miu Miu’s signature matelassé, the Miu Wander is the definition of style with substance with its puffy hobo design in regenerated nylon from recycled plastic collected from the ocean. While Miu Miu’s micro-mini skirt set has captured the hearts all over the ‘gram, Miu Wander is just as covetable to add some texture and colour to your handbag collection and relish that signature playful sophistication of Miu Miu.
Dizzy Dizzo (a.k.a Dominique Choy), Susie Lau, Anne Hathaway, Bryan Boy
Debuted with the Gucci Love Parade, Gucci Blondie draws inspiration from 1970s archival style, with the signature round interlocking G taking centre stage. And the bag comes in three different styles – a messenger bag, a chain shoulder bag, and a mini shoulder bag to suit your every need and even, infuse your look with 70s free-spirited and independent energy.
Karishma is a science nerd turned fashion and beauty writer who loves talking about trends as much as eating desserts. Gucci, salted caramel ice-cream, jewels, and Simba (her dog) make up four chambers of her heart. Like Karishma’s story? Drop her a line in the comments section below.