Is bold pattern the missing ingredient that could stimulate a sluggish market for designer handbags?
Anya Hindmarch’s high-energy show — with her graphic designs and contortionists in leotards, reflected in multiples across a mirrored set of prism formations — seemed to be a resounding yes. She splashed diamond patterns, chevrons, rainbows and even Carrefour logos across her spring bags, clutches and boots. They were fun and eye-catching. She borrowed the stripes motif, and slogans such as “Never Knowingly Undersold,” from retailer John Lewis and splashed them across totes and backpacks.
The clothes seemed an afterthought: sweatshirts and baseball jackets in scuba fabrics; intarsia leather tunics over jersey HotPants; and bodysuits and scarves echoing the same geometric patterns on the bags.