With the return of Y2K trends, including corsets, low-rise jeans, and baby tees, it’s no surprise some of the hottest bags of that era are also returning, and we are here for it! But, while we may ask ourselves, “Did we really wear that?”, we must also realize that some fashion moments define a decade. And that’s precisely how we feel when we look back at the branded, colourful, embellished bags from the late ’90s to early 2000s.
Many individuals who grew up in the ’90s or 2000’s recall drooling over a Dior Saddle bag, Fendi Baguette, or Prada Nylon Bags. They were flaunted by the most prominent celebrity “It” girls, including Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, and Paris Hilton. Who is to say they aren’t the ‘original influencers’ who truly sold them to us?
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and see which bags have stood the test of time.
The Fendi Baguette (named after the idea that it should be carried under your arm like a loaf of French bread) was created by Silvia Fendi as the opposition to ’90s minimalism. This bag made the big screens another Sex and the City favourite! This bag comes in every colour, material, and design imaginable. Though it has been 15 years since we have seen Carrie Bradshaw and her go-to Fendi Baguette purse on TV, Fendi, today this bag has made a comeback and is available to purchase.
Dior Saddle Bag
John Galliano’s Dior Saddlebag was the biggest hit when it came out in 1999 (and the best part it also had the Carrie Bradshaw seal of approval). The odd-shaped purse rapidly became the most talked-about accessory, with every it-girl sporting it on her arm. Fast forward 20 years and the bag is once again the most prominent hit! Dior has reintroduced the iconic piece in a variety of colours and styles, and they’re flying off the shelves.
Gucci Horsebit Bags
The double ring and bar pattern highlights the Gucci Horsebit 1955 range of handbags. The bags are enveloped by their equestrian history and intertwined with both classic house codes and contemporary design. While the Horsebit has been around since the ’50s, the creative director brought Gucci Horsebit to the top of its game between 1995 and 1996. Today, you can get the signature hardware with the signature GG canvas at Gucci retailers worldwide! Or better yet, find a piece of history at a luxury consignment shop!
Lady Dior Bag
Another Lady made the Lady Dior bag famous (Princess Diana). After receiving it as a gift from the First Lady of France in 1995, she wore it to high-profile occasions. The bag is currently available in various sizes and fabrics, including leather, croc, and tweed.
Prada Black Nylon
In the late 1990s, Prada’s nylon bags were highly fashionable. In 2018, Prada presented a unique spring/summer collection, including colorful straps and silver stud embellishments. In particular, the Prada Nylon Re-Edition has made a HUGE comeback. This bag has been one of the most popular bags trending the past few seasons. The bag has also impacted many classic Prada designs, such as the Galleria, rocking a Re-edition strap in the latest collection!
Louis Vuitton Bum bag
The bumbag comeback has been a hit season after season! However, Louis Vuitton is no stranger to the Bum bag game. The Louis Vuitton Pochette Marelle, a thing of the past, is one of many Louis Vuitton Bum Bags that have made a reappearance. Today the brand’s signature Monogram Canvas, Bum Bag, can be worn as a belt bag, over the shoulder, or across the body. This bag has been seen flaunted by all the celebrities and is sold out in stores!