Prediction: These 10 Designer Bags Will Reach Cult Status This Fall

The Luxury List is a monthly column on all things luxury, exploring cult items from heritage brands, tapping the foremost experts in the fashion space, and doing deep dives into the investments pieces that are worth it.

I think of myself as a bag person. I’ve been collecting bags for as long as I can remember and think they are the investment piece that is truly worth the money—the styles I’ve added to my closet get just as much wear today as they did when I added them a decade or two ago. With many new bags introduced on the F/W 22 runways earlier this year, I’ve been waiting for them to arrive on the market and need to dive into them further now that they are starting to trickle in. With a wide range of styles arriving, though, which ones are worth adding to your wardrobe? Looking at the just-released bags, there are some standout styles that the fashion set has already endorsed and that deserve special attention.

From the Prada bag that is already editor endorsed and starting to sell out everywhere to updated takes on Chanel's 22 tote to the celebrity-favorite XXL shopper from Saint Laurent, these are the bags worth the investment for fall. Ahead, shop the fall designer bags that will reach cult status this year.

Prada Supernova Bag


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Prada's Supernova bag debuted on the F/W 22 runways and has already been a favorite on the street style scene at fashion week and in the biggest magazine editorials of the season. Designed with a structured shape and airbrushed details, the already-cult bag is further proof that Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons always know how design the next cult accessory.

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Khaite Olivia Bag


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Included in our Luxury Issue as one of the key bags of the season, the Khaite Olivia is the latest "cool girl" bag being snapped up by the fashion set. The slouchy hobo crafted from glossy calfskin leather or suede takes on the everyday bag with a shape that feels modern and sophisticated. Consider this your new staple to take everywhere from the office to dinner with friends.

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The Row '90s Bag


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Sold out practically everywhere, The Row's '90s bag has emerged as a new classic. While it isn't new for this season, it continues to drop in new colorways like the buttery yellow style that will be in hot demand for fall. A favorite of minimalists, the low-key luxe bag is the ultimate easy everyday bag. 

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Saint Laurent Icare Bag


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The XXL tote trend has been gaining popularity over the last several seasons on the runways, and Saint Laurent has finally perfected the style for wear IRL. The quilted Icare bag is a standout style that has gained popularity among celebs including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoë Kravitz. A practical bag to carry everything you could possibly need has never looked so good.

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Miu Miu Wander Bag


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Miu Miu is having a major fashion moment in 2022, with buzzy collections that have become in huge demand, including cult pieces like its satin ballerina flats and pleated micro skirts. Another key buy? The ruched wander bag—a leather hobo that taps into one of the biggest bag shapes of the year.

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Celine Matelassé Bag


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Season after season, Celine designs bags that are snapped up by in-the-know fashion insiders who are looking for sleek, everyday bags they can have in their closets for years and years. The Triomphe bag has surged in popularity in the past several years, but the latest bag to have on your radar? The Matelassé bag—a quilted leather baguette with a chain strap and graphic gold Celine lettering that has already been spotted on celebrities including Kaia Gerber.

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Chanel 22 Bag


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The Chanel 22 bag debuted earlier this year and is easily one of the most talked-about bags of the year so far. For fall, we're seeing updated designs including the luxe tweed styles that are destined to be the next major Chanel It bags. I guarantee you will be seeing these everywhere in the coming months.


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Chanel 22 Bag ($5000) Available at CHANEL.


Chanel 22 Bag ($5100) Available at CHANEL.

Savette Symmetry Bag


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Savette is the rising bag brand to have on your radar that is carving out a unique space in the designer-bag category. The minimal, modern designs have clean lines and signature hardware but no logos, making them recognizable to only those who are in the know. Every bag in the collection is stunning, but the Symmetry shoulder bag is the key buy of the season.

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Gucci Blondie Bag


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Designed with an interlocking G logo in graphic gold lettering, a chain strap, and rounded shape, Gucci went into the archives to design its latest must-buy bag: The Blondie. Easy to dress up or down, this is the ultimate day-to-night bag.

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Balenciaga Crush Bag


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The Balenciaga Crush bag is the one to know from the brand this season. Designed in relaxed "crushed" leather with a chain strap, it is a main fixture in the F/W 22 campaign and has already been spotted on a long list of A-list celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Bella Hadid. If you’re looking for your next statement bag, this is it.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.