Anyone who has drunken the cross-body Kool-Aid can attest to the addictive nature of not having to hold a handbag. Allowing it to rest easily on your hip isn’t only a breeze, it also has that “devil-may-care spirit” to it, or—as they say here in Paris—a certain je ne sais quoi. Carine, known to forgo bags in lieu of pockets, perhaps exemplifies this better than any one else. Fortunately for us all, this freedom doesn’t simply stop there. This week’s Paris runwaysoffered plenty of riffs on the concept.
The most-bold iteration of this was at Valentino, where designer Pierpaolo Piccioli took his signature romantic mood in sportier direction. He proposed a four-point harness style, because why should babies in car seats have all the strap-in fun? But hey, safety first when it comes to toting your little one around, and this bag that sits securely on the body. Not a bad idea in today’s most uncertain world. Later that day, Clare Waight Keller’s debut at Givenchymixed a retro-rock attitude with the modern woman she looks after. Of course, this cool-chick-look doesn’t require much more than lipstick, cash, and keys. The former-Chloé designer proposed a small waist pouch worn like a belt over a coat. Not one to limit the options, the bag could also be worn as a shoulder bag once detached.
Demna Gvasalia is on a hot streak at Balenciaga, where in just two short years his innovative, clever, and highly covetable merch have been commercial juggernauts for the Paris legacy brand to which he has offered a distinct streetwear vibe. This season, the designer turned coats and tops on the heads so to speak with can-be-worn two ways toppers. He also rotated the classic fanny pack on its side to be become the new “cross-bodice,” which was decked out new logo mania.
Finally, Alessandro Dell’acqua imagined his Rochas woman in a voluminous feminine way but showed a new bag style that had tough-cookie appeal. A simple box clutch shape was belted high up on the waist like a shield. With her new, hands-free option, this lady is ready for anything that comes her way.