The last time fanny packs were something worthy of strapping on one’s waist, mom jeans were still deemed wearable. As such, designers’ decisions to bring forth a 2013 version of these hands-free bags lead us to question their style sensibility for spring. Although the spring 2013 runways has—so far—been a re-imagination of past decades’ aesthetics, never did we imagine that as many as three designers (an aberration!) would pluck out the very tourist-y fanny packs and give them a contemporary update.
Rachel Zoe steered the three-headed pack of labels who embraced this micro-trend. Just like her affinity for modern glamour, Zoe sent out luxurious fanny packs in beautiful black, ivory and tan leather. Most were fitted with gold hardware, injecting a sense of opulence to their otherwise downright silliness. We’re pretty sure this inspiration stemmed from the fact that she’s added being a mom to her everyday responsibilities. When you’re looking after a toddler, who has the extra limb to carry an extra bag?
Lacoste and DKNY were also on board this trend, albeit this mildly-unusual decision coming from a slightly more relevant relation to their sporty-chic collections. On the DKNY runway, fanny packs were more mannish than chic, arriving in strict black shades and devoid of lavish embellishments. The same manly simplicity prevailed over at Lacoste but with subdued colors to set it apart. These belted bags however, were grounded on tone-on-tone minimalism. This inconspicuous incorporation almost attested to its wearability, but still, our eyes cannot be deceived.
Although a few designers have already mentioned before that the term “hands-free” is a more fitting name, we wonder how many essentials these bags can actually carry. If it can only fit a mobile phone and a compact, well then, this writer would rather be seen carrying a stylish satchel. Will you be bold enough to try this trend?
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