You may call us crazy bag ladies but WODROB’s got a team that probably does bag shopping as often as grocery shopping. And we’re a sucker for all things darn stylish. So when we got an invite to review Longchamp’s Fall 2017 collection, we were (obviously) pretty excited. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Longchamp [pronounce: lawn(g)-shawm(p)], it is a French luxury brand best known for its leather goods. From classic totes to trendy shoulder bags, Longchamp has a legacy and has been widely endorsed by both celebrities as well as the who’s who of fashion. In fact, their iconic Le Pliage is by far the most-trusted luxury weekend carryall, perfect for those extras when you’re on a getaway.
A late entrant in the Indian luxury retail space, Longchamp debuted here with its first flagship store at DLF Emporio, South Delhi, last year. This month, the label will open its next store in Palladium, Mumbai (read Wodrob to know more), and is also planning to own about six stores in all across India over the next 3-4 years.
To showcase the Fall 2017 collection, the brand held a special preview at a suite in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Colaba. This collection has been crafted keeping the Parisian women of the 1970 in mind. Strong, confident and uber-feminine are the traits one would relate to a Parisian woman. Longchamp designers and craftsmen have made it a point to translate these through their artistry in this collection.
Mademoiselle seemed like an apt bag to check out first. A juxtaposition of perforated leather panels as well as soft calfskin leather, in colours like grey, mustard and tan, this lightweight bag rightly brings about the contrast that is also a constant in this collection. Longchamp’s Madeleine is a structured saddle-shaped piece that is soft because of the use of bull-hide. Next up was the L’Effrontée, a bold piece bound to resonate with a younger woman. With a variation in handle (a metallic chain one as well as a top handle piece was on display) this bag has clean cut edges, perforations in its sewn trimmings, as well as contrast cut-outs on the body.
With colour-blocked patchworks using metallic, velvet and glossy calfskin leather as well as tassels on the sides, the Penélopé Arty is the most artistic piece of this collection.
One to be picked up by the youth is a piece from the long-standing collaboration between Jeremy Scott and Longchamp. This season, the US designer has made use of the quality and luxe factor of Longchamp through its iconic Pliage in red canvas with leather handles and a flap. Jazzing it up with his stylistic flair, Scott uses pop art through an iconic Marilyn Monroe image and the text As Seen On TV. Apart from Scott’s addition, the Le Pliage Cuir Etoiles is yet another youth-appealing range. The bags (also clutches) from this range have star cutouts sewn on it alongwith metallic eyelets.
All in all the Longchamp collection is covetable, but is for sure in a higher price range (Mademoiselle is for about Rs 70,000 while the Longchamp X Jeremy Scott collab piece is about Rs 22,000). Check it out soon in their Palladium outlet, to be launched this month.