We’re on the last quarter of the year, but 2018 isn’t slowing down just yet in bringing back our favorites from decades past. Everyone, make sure to spare some room on your collection because one of the most iconic handbags around has just been spotted on the runway and is predicted to be a big seller once again—and it’s no other than the Fendi baguette!
The famous bag made its way on the catwalk once more during Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show in Milan. It still is charming as it once was, simple even when embellished, and maybe a tad impractical, slung on and carried by models Gigi Hadid, Adwoa Aboah and Kendall Jenner. There’s no mistaking that identifiable silhouette regardless of the colors and beads at play.
A few months back, we have also been served with some handbag goodness in the form of another returning favorite: the Dior saddle bag. Like the Dior piece, the baguette has made quite a reputation, thanks in part to its being featured heavily on the HBO hit show Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw’s go-to bag. Besides being seen on Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoulders plenty of times, there was even an entire episode later on in the show that completely revolved around it (albeit a fake one). The baguette was also credited for contributing to the show’s legacy as much as the series made a coveted bag out of it; Fendi became the first major fashion maison to lend items to the show, which in turn would influence Parker’s character as fashion crazy, to the point of being decadent and led to Sex and the City establishing itself as a fashion-oriented show.
The designer handbag, which first appeared in 1997 (that’s twenty years ago now!), was considered by many to be the first “It” bag. Since then, hundreds of variations have been created, some of which were limited edition collaborations. Besides the familiar compact size and short strap, there was no restraint in the designs that the bag came in. Here are some of our favorites that are easily available online:
1. Fendi Baguette shoulder bag
Many classics come in black, so you can expect a bag as famous as the baguette to exist in such a version. This one is crafted beautifully in calf leather and can accompany most of the work and off-duty outfits you have ready.
2. Fendi Baguette shoulder bag
We have another baguette made out of calf leather, but this time glorious with all the ruffles and the rich green color. It even amps up the impact with a suede lining. This baguette is a foolproof addition to keep your attire interesting.
3. Fendi Baguette fringed leather shoulder bag
The baguette was a gamechanger in the 1990s, as it was an odd choice out of the then trendy oversized totes. This fringed version gives the illusion of being bigger, yet still exhibits the characteristics that made the bag iconic. It comes with a Fendi signature, the Monster Eyes, instead of the logo that’s identifiable anywhere.
4. Fendi Baguette shearling logo bag
With Fendi’s length of experience in the business, one can only expect the maison to come up with luxurious bags such as this shearling baguette. The logomania craze makes it even more of a covetable bag this season.
5. Fendi ‘Baguette’ shoulder bag
The baguette was responsible for elevating Fendi to the status it has now. You don’t need a logo to differentiate it from the rest; the eye on the bag is recognizable even on its own. This iteration is also spacious enough to shelter your essentials and has a zipped pocket for extra security.
6. Fendi Monster baguette shoulder bag
The baguette can be fun, right? Sure, it can! This adorable, multicolored bag is so fluffy that it would probably be hard to resist feeling its softness when you have nothing better to do. It also comes with a detachable shoulder strap should it become too bothersome to carry.
Image credits: Stefanie Keenan, HBO, Fendi, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Getty Images, Rex, Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, andersphoto / Shutterstock.com.