Each year, a new set of designer bags arrives on the fashion scene. From fresh takes on heritage bags to brand-new silhouettes that are about to take the street style scene by storm, we’re already seeing some of the newest designs landing at retailers. Which of these designer handbag trends are worth the investment, though?

To find out, I asked some of the most stylish fashion insiders to weigh in on the bags they will be buying in 2019. Their stylish selects are sure to inspire what you add to your shopping cart. From an updated take on one of Fendi’s most iconic designs to the new Celine bag we’re about to see everywhere to expertly sourced vintage Chanel styles, these are the designer bags fashion girls are investing in for 2019. Shop their picks ahead, and scroll down to see what landed on this editor’s list.


Over the last two years, Copenhagen Fashion Week has grown into a highly visible entity in the global fashion industry. Each season, more and more influencers, editors, buyers, and models flock to the Danish capital to see brands like Ganni, Saks Potts, and Stine Goya. No surprise, the city’s fashion scene is more vibrant and colorful than ever, with pretty floral-frock lovers, logo obsessives, and #OldCeline minimalists dominating the scene. See Style du Monde photographer Acielle’s latest coverage here, and be sure to check back for her daily updates.

IMG has just released the preliminary schedule for February's New York Fashion Week, which the organization dubs NYFW: The Shows, and there are some notable new names on the list. 11 Honoré, the trailblazing size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site, will put on a runway show for the first time. Another new, but familiar, name is Harlem's Fashion Row: The organization hosts an event every year separately from the NYFW calendar that champions and provides a platform for Black designers. In February, for the first time, it will host a special opening night event and an installation that will celebrate "an icon in American film, brought to life through a collaborative effort that will support emerging designers and fashion talent of color," per a press release. The shows take place Feb. 6-13, with both of the aforementioned events taking place the evening of the 6th.
The controversy behind Kendall Jenner's comments about models who don't have the luxury of being selective about what shows they walk in isn't quite over. Plus-size model Ashley Graham was asked what she thought about Jenner's remarks about being able to cherry-pick the shows she walks in...and Graham's response was candid.
Tokyo is largely considered the urban embodiment of unbridled—if not out-of-this-world—street style. No detail left uncurated, more often than not a shocking dye job is a key part of the sartorial strategy. And this season during Tokyo Fashion Week, the Japanese capital’s boldest peacocks offered much to marvel at above the neck.
Hulking, clunky, faintly orthopedic in some cases, the “dad sneaker” has become an improbable star in fashion, part of a growing taste for 1990s-inspired and sometimes just plain ugly athletic shoes that’s been flourishing for over a year.

The recognized leaders of this trend have been luxury brands like Balenciaga, with its successful Triple S sneaker, and shoe giants such as Nike and Adidas. But mom-approved, comfort-focused Skechers wants to make sure it gets its credit too.

Back when I was a cub newspaper reporter, my editor informed me that my next assignment was to interview the group Destiny’s Child. Unaware that one member of the trio would go on to become the greatest living icon, I fretted about how little time I was going to be allotted with my subjects and how I could possibly spin 11 minutes of chit-chat into a full-length column. My solution was to sport a tweed cape that I’d recently purchased at a vintage store in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The thinking went that I’d instantly establish myself as not your typical newspaper reporter and the musicians would be inspired to ditch the press-tour sound bites and really connect. The moment I entered the Toronto hotel room, a teenaged Beyoncé Knowles (she had yet to drop the surname) looked up with a kittenish smile and complimented my unorthodox attire. We all spent a good four minutes discussing the city’s vintage scene, a conversation that would buy me the

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first few paragraphs of my article. Though capes might just be simple sleeveless cloaks, they possess the near-magical power to position anyone daring enough to wear one as a dashing and dramatic soul. It’s impossible to put one on and not feel like a badass. Nineteenth-century Oscar Wilde was a notorious cape aficionado, as was the flamboyant entertainer Liberace, who in 1984 made a Radio City Music Hall appearance in a $380,000 Norwegian blue fox cape. More recently, former king of Vogue André Leon Talley learned to play up his imperial stature by making it his thing to enrobe himself in luxurious sheets of gold and royal blue.

Among the investors who snapped up shares in luxury e-commerce marketplace Farfetch after its September IPO was one buyer with little interest in operating profits or projected revenue. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals pounced on shares in the newly public company so it could make its case directly to ban fur sales on the platform.

They needn’t have bothered. Farfetch quietly committed to going fur free in May, inserting a promise in the terms and conditions section of its website to stop selling items made with fur by the end of next year. Farfetch declined to comment, citing a post-IPO quiet period.

Farfetch joins a growing list of luxury brands and retailers turning their backs on animal fur. Within the past 18 months, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Gucci, Michael Kors, Versace, Furla, Burberry and DVF have all announced anti-fur policies, while this year’s September London Fashion Week became the first of the major fashion weeks not to show any fur on the catwalk.

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