Backpacks make a comeback
Posted by on March 29, 2012 | 2:34 pm EST

Backpacks haven’t always been the kind of bag that fashion-forward women will swoon over and invest in. Although they’re often looked upon for their schoolish aesthetic, many designers have transcended all notions of style as they churn out one stylish backpack after another.

As spring rolls in, spacious and functional bags are taking center stage, responding to many women’s need for an easy, all-around piece that can carry their everyday essentials. More than the tote of choice for women with a penchant for relaxed dressing, backpacks today carry enough panache to make an elegant fashion statement.

Pierre Hardy | Contrast leather-trimmed neoprene backpack | $1,650

Pierre Hardy delivered a one-two punch of orange and fuchsia for a stylishly bold knapsack.

The Row | Leather backpack | $3,900

The Row brought their streamlined aesthetic onto this elegant but cool backpack in a supple leather skin.

Michael Kors | Santorini raffia and leather backpack | $695

Channel the rustic beauty of beachside fashion with this raffia and leather backpack from Michael Kors.

Marc by Marc Jacobs | Pretty nylon knapsack | $198

Marc Jacobs went for a more casual and youthful aesthetic with this nylon knapsack from the Marc by Marc Jacobs line.

Theyskens’ Theory | Backpack bag | $575

The easy, urban appeal of this Olivier Theyskens-designed backpack is bursting with androgyny.

Diane von Furstenberg | Printed canvas and leather backpack | $295

Diane von Furstenberg has always been the purveyor of all things pretty and this printed canvas and leather backpack is no exception. Practicality and style converged in this piece, which feature splashes of grey, black, yellow and white.

Alexander Wang | Marti leather backpack | $850

Alexander Wang kept the slouchy shape of classic backpacks, but dressed this Marti piece with leather for a dash of luxury.

Longchamp | Veau Foulonné backpack | $795

The grained leather finish of this Veau Foulonné backpack from Longchamp afforded a certain English charm, which is both rustic and sporty.

Prada | Backpack | $795

This red Prada backpack is teeming with boldness and attitude, ideal for women eager to stand out even if it’s a backpack she’s carrying.

Acne | Morab nylon and suede backpack | $700

Acne went for a minimalist persona with this Morab backpack. Although it comes in strict black, the texture of the suede fabric afforded a subtle, urban contrast.

Images from Net-a-Porter, Longchamp, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Theyskens’ Theory

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