Today, Prada offers men’s and women’s leather goods, clothing, sunglasses, fragrances, and footwear, combining contemporary, cutting-edge sophistication with one-of-a-kind, artisanal flair. Each season, ardent fans, celebrities, and magazine editors can’t wait to see what Prada will unveil on the runways, but you don’t have to wait at all: Neiman Marcus has up-to-the-minute Prada collections you can enjoy any time of the year.
Prada changes things up so much from one season to the next on its runways that I didn’t have any terribly specific for predictions for what kinds of bags would grace the brand’s Spring 2018 runway, and if I had tried to guess, I would have undoubtedly come up far short of what Prada ultimately put together: a fun, aggressive, but not-too-serious slew of bags with punk details, inspired by the gritty world of comic book heroines.
The bags with illustrations (which will be immediate street style fodder, it goes without saying) are cheeky and very much in line with Prada’s occasional tradition of using artwork on its bags—most notably the fairy bags of the mid-2000s—but that’s not all the runway offered. There were also excellent, simple leather bags that the brand hasn’t shown before, as well as super-functional nylon pieces accented with studs and straps, bridging the gap between the brand’s longstanding lines and the seasonal bags. They looked like the kind of pieces the women in the illustrations might carry on their quests to stylishly save the world.Check out all the pieces from the runway below.
When you write about something for a living, it’s easy to look at it and think, “Will people like this?” instead of, “Do I like this?” How a particular design plays to the market at large and to our readers is always the first thing on my mind when I see a handbag; my personal opinion whether or not I’d carry it in my leisure time is way down the list of my concerns. That, I think, is why it’s taken me so many years to acknowledge my intense love for the Céline Classic Box Bag.
The Classic Box Bag was introduced in 2010, so I’ve had ample time to examine my feelings on it but somehow just haven’t. I’ve always known I thought it was beautiful–I’ve never seen a version of it that made me feel skeptical–but until recently, it wasn’t a bag I pictured in my own wardrobe. Maybe I’m just a little older now, or my personal taste has evolved just enough to appreciate something so traditionally beautiful not just as an idea, but as a thing I could have and use myself.
If you’ve never examined one of these bags up close, but I’d certainly recommend it. Not only is the exterior a perfect illustration of Céline’s particular sort of chic restraint, but the materials the bag is made with are absolutely gorgeous, both inside and outside. The interior is separated in a way that’s always reminded me of the world’s most luxurious accordion folder, but with butter-soft lambskin instead of thin cardboard dividers.
The neat interior organization seems fit for a person who has a precise number of small, chic things to put in her bag every day. I, on the other hand, have always been a bit more unruly in my accessories habits, but there’s nothing to say I can’t evolve. Maybe I can be orderly. Maybe I can be a version of myself that carries this bag.