From a trompe-l’oeil paint can to a wheeled handbag, the standout accessories of the holiday season are full of whimsy. Italian designer Alessandro Michele, who stepped down from his role as Gucci’s creative director last month, has long embodied this vibe with his maximalist aesthetic, characterized by clashing prints and unexpected, often surrealistic, accessories. Those looking to try this style couldn’t go wrong with the miniature bag pictured above, which was part of the brand’s Cruise 2023 collection. Hanging from a gold-tone chain strap, the purse resembles a plump, ripe strawberry – a cheerful reminder of the warmer seasons to come.
A similarly playful spirit enlivened Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2023 men’s collection for Celine, entitled Dysfunctional Bauhaus, which featured a range of pieces featuring works from the estate of Swiss conceptual artist David Weiss. This weekender bag in canvas with Triomphe logo print and black calfskin accents is decorated with an image of a giant wave of white, reminiscent of that depicted in Edo period Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts and paintings.
Louis Vuitton turns heads with a monogrammed bucket bag designed to resemble a paint can, complete with metal handle and warning labels. Crafted from coated canvas and cowhide leather, the design is available in a range of vibrant colors such as B. deep plum and bright orange, alludes to the brand’s heritage: on the label are the address of Louis Vuitton’s headquarters in Paris and the year the house was founded, 1854.
Prada also picked up its story this season, releasing an embroidered tote bag in a green and black geometric pattern that echoes the brand’s iconic triangular logo, first introduced on swim trunks by company founder Mario Prada 1919. Replete with Prada’s signature Saffiano leather label, the graphic tote – aptly named Symbols – feels emblematic of the House’s enduring heritage.
In the 1910s Emile Maurice Hermès, then director of his family’s eponymous brand, first came across the zipper while touring North American car factories. Inspired by the elegance of both the fastener and the automobile, in 1923 he launched the Bolide Carryall, the first zippered back bag that can be fitted with a miniature version of the same design for added enjoyment.
Tennis is a familiar subject for Chanel; Throughout its history, the house has offered sports-inspired clothing and even tennis balls with the famous double C logo. For its 2023 cruising collection, the brand reintroduced racquets housed in sheepskin cases, alongside releasing smaller novelty versions of the bags with racquet-shaped hand mirrors – perfect for checking your look between sets.
For those looking to add style to other forms of exercise, Fendi has brought a distinctively luxe take on a classic hiking shoe to its men’s vacation capsule collection. Crafted from black nylon with tonal pony hair accents and details around the ankle in dark gray nubuck, the shoes match the season with their ice blue laces.
Similarly wintry with a midnight blue dial and alligator strap is Patek Philippe’s latest moon phase watch for women. The sun-brushed dial features Breguet numerals applied to white gold, while the bezel features 132 diamonds in a lace-like Dentelle setting. Sparkling and celebratory, but also strictly functional, it’s a piece designed for life in holiday celebrations and beyond.