I Design Handbags—These Are the Shapes, Silhouettes, and Colors "In" for Fall


Courtesy of Marina Raphael; Imaxtree; Imaxtree

No one knows accessories like Marina Raphael. Before launching her own namesake handbag brand in 2019, she grew up surrounded by the shimmering crystals and over-the-top gems of Swarovski—a company Raphael's family founded and operated for over 100 years. With a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes workings of such a legacy brand, Raphael decided to branch out by designing handbags, building her own eponymous label.

While most of Raphael's creations fall within the timeless category, like elegant structured totes and box clutches, there are also a few playful details scattered in like crystal handles and Y2K-inspired butterfly decals. 

As a guiding figure within the accessory game, Raphael has keen insight into which shapes and silhouettes will be big for the seasons ahead. So, of course, we asked the 23-year-old designer for her expert opinion on which trends we should be prioritizing over everything else this fall. Keep reading to see the five handbag trends Raphael is betting on.

"Right now, Barbiecore is all about having fun, just like playing dress-up with dolls as a child. I feel that during this fall-winter season not only will there be a more playful vibe, but also it will take place in a more sustainably conscious manner of selecting key on-trend pieces that you feel will speak to you personally for years to come."—Marina Raphael



"Adding a new texture and (quite literally) light to your outfit has been such a fashion favorite for a few seasons now, and we will definitely see this persevere into the next season."—Raphael


Prada; Givenchy

"After enjoying a spring-summer season full of vibrant colors, I believe that this coming fall we will see a shift of people returning to the all-time classic, black. A cleanse, perhaps, that will help us create more no-brainer ensembles?"—Raphael


Chanel; Coperni

"Continuing the streak of the micro-bag trend, we will surely continue to see people wearing mostly smaller bags, focusing on holding only their essentials."—Raphael



"I think we'll be seeing a lot of bags that act as statement pieces because of their strong shape and form. Whether its intricate structured bags or simple but defined geometric shapes, these accessories will be must-haves for the upcoming season."—Raphael