7 Must-Have Fall Bags in Sculptural Shapes and Striking Colors

See the new launches from Dior, Fendi, Hermès, Balenciaga, Celine, and Loewe

One of fashion’s most fetishized pieces, a great handbag has the power to transform any look. And while a number of styles are eternally chic, other shapes and colors are best saved for certain seasons. With the first signs of fall in the air, it’s time to retire the raffia beach tote and colorful linen clutch for this season’s most covetable leather styles. These new releases from collectible brands like Dior and Loewe are sure to elevate one’s autumnal wardrobe.

Balenciaga Hourglass bag. Photo: COURTESY OF BALENCIAGA


Punched-up color and a distinctively curved shape, which is accented by the brand’s signature ‘B’ logo hardware, turns Balenciaga’s small top-handle bag into a showstopper.

Loewe Balloon bag. Photo: COURTESY OF LOEWE


Drawing on the Spanish house’s longstanding expertise in leatherwork, Loewe’s new Balloon bag is masterfully handcrafted with two types of leather—robust calf leather and soft napa calfskin—to achieve a structured-yet-relaxed, look.

Celine petite 16 bag in amazone satinated calfskin. Photo: COURTESY OF CELINE


An ode to the history of Celine, the 16 bag was the first design by Hedi Slimane after taking the resign as artistic director and is named after the maison’s Paris address at 16 Rue Vivienne. This fall, the coveted collection is accompanied by a selection of handsome removable wool-and-leather straps, which can be purchased separately and added to any of the bags.

Dior St Honoré bag in slate blue. Photo: COURTESY OF DIOR


When Dior unveiled their sparkling new five-level boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris earlier this year, the appropriately named Dior St Honoré bag was launched especially for the occasion. Featured here in slate blue, the classic top-handle style possesses an air of everyday elegance.

Hermes Constance long wallet. Photo: COURTESY OF HERMÈS


The epitome of elegance, Hermès’s classic Constance bag was named after designer Jean-Louis Dumas’s daughter in 1967. The wallet version now gets a modern “to-go” upgrade with a long cross-body strap.


Fendi Peekaboo bag in medium. Photo: Courtesy of Fendi


Fendi’s striking Peekaboo handbag, shown here in a cheery sky blue, features two compartments in soft pink nappa leather that are divided by a stiff center partition.

Jil Sander Photo: Courtesy of Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Crafted in Italy from smooth leather with a clean-lined silhouette, Jil Sander’s small khaki-green bag is ideal for the trans-seasonal period.

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2020 Fall issue. Subscribe to the magazine.


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