Of all the places you can discover the next class of trends aimed to take over the fashion world by storm, New York Fashion Week — as any fashion or beauty lover will know — is one of the most vital places to look. As one of the biggest events of the season for designers to debut their next batch of creations, NYFW is a time to see what everyone will be wearing in a matter of months (or for some designers, right now). However, while the week may mean sifting out major trends for the upcoming season, you’re also bound to come across a few pieces that will ultimately become the new classics. Such is the case with Proenza Schouler’s Fall/Winter 2019 Collection, and it certainly did not disappoint.
Though the New York brand, founded by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, may have decamped to Paris for two seasons before returning home to the Big Apple last fall, Proenza Schouler made its mark on the F/W 2019 calendars to show its latest collection that is, to put it simply, undeniably cool.
In this collection, which includes the label’s signature traits like cut-out knits and a blend of textures, were three new handbag styles: the PS19, the Delta, and the Bum Bag. These new bags each maintain the brand’s knack for unexpected designs for the everyday. If you’re looking for a new handbag to up the ante, look no further — these are it.
The PS19, due to its slouchy structure, feels like a modern update on your classic work tote. This large handbag features top handles as well as longer straps to wear across your body, and was shown with in styles with horse hair panels and snake print, as well as a blue leather.
Models also carried the Delta, which is Proenza Schouler’s latest take on the classic crossbody purse. Designed with a boxy, rectangular shape and a flap to keep everything secure, the bag comes with both leather chain straps, touching on the brand’s downtown chic aesthetic.
Perhaps the most unexpected style — and therefore in the running to be the next It bag of the season — is the Bum Bag. This oval-shaped bag, which models carried as a clutch, features two zipper closures: one on top and one on the front. The collection showed the style with a range of textures including fur and leather.
According to the brand’s show notes, the designers wanted to combine “the attractive forces of both total control and wild abandon,” with the goal of redefining the urban woman — also known as the Proenza Schouler woman of today. How does the brand describe such a woman? “She is complex, contradictory even, yet remains completely and unapologetically herself.” Undoubtedly, these handbags are for her.