For Prada Spring 2017, brand matriarch Miuccia Prada said that she wanted to de-intellectualize her normal design process in favor of finding some elegance in the here and now. The results were wearable pieces with luxe details like marabou and exotic leathers, as well as two new bag styles: a chain-strap flap bag and a duffel-style satchel.
The most notable details of both pieces were the broad, flat strips of leather they sported as accents. The flap bags used them as part of the closure, while the duffels featured them at either gusset, and while I like both new designs, I want to investigate the flap bag in particular in person. The strips of leather are quite long, and it’s not clear from how the models carried the bags on the runway (literally kept close to their vests) how they’re incorporated into the bag’s structure.
If the longer strip is removable or if the bag was shown half-open and it somehow tucks into the closure in a way that’s not clear from the photos, then it seems likely the bag will be popular among shoppers. If not, its appeal is may be more limited, which could be Prada’s intention in the first place: to create something unique and seasonal. Either way, both designs felt like interesting expansions of the brand’s accessories aesthetic. Check out all the photos below.