Shape Of The Season

Since my obsessions tend to do nothing but fixate harder, I’ve been exploring the bucket a little further. Here’s a brief recap on its history and a look at what makes it relevant today…

The design was debuted in 1932 by Louis Vuitton who was asked to create a bag (the Noé) that could hold five bottles of champagne – I can’t think of a more ridiculously disco start in life, can you? Its popularity flared up in the 40s, as the design became a bit more functional post-war and then saw its real heyday in the 80s and 90s, certainly on the pages of Vogue at least. But I also associate the bucket with a 70s aesthetic too, so let’s just say this is a design classic which has endured because of its simplistic, beautiful and oh-so-usable shape.


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I’m must admit I’m more drawn to the simpler stronger silhouettes – of which there are many around this season, 3.0 I’m calling it to reflect our connected Instagram + fashion ways – which is why I’ve gone completely bonkers over the brandy Mansur Gavriel (above left – currently only available in white). And how sweet is the Mulberry take for SS15? But there are a few quirks to the basic bucket design around too, not least the fringing at Sandro (sorry, can’t find this online) and the hardware at Saint Laurent. For the most basic but affordable, take a look at the Baggu version, which could almost be mistaken for a Mansur Gavriel, almost…

Liberty have kept a classic bucket design going strong within their own line featuring reworked archive prints, so I asked Liberty head of design James Miller why what he calls ‘The shape of the season’ continues to be so relevant and what plans he has for the line…

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James says: “The bucket bag always looks chic but with just the right amount of nonchalant cool: it’s never uptight or “try hard”. I think people really love the no fuss approach of this style – a simple drawstring closure is so easy to use and gives an effortless look. We have big plans for our Liberty ‘Argyll’ bucket bag – we are launching two new colours of the Iphis print this year, one in summer and one in winter. Also look out for a new leather range of bags launching in the summer where you can find an embossed version of this bag available in a choice of three colours.”


 And here is a little moodboard featuring my fave current street style inspo and old Vogue pages circa 1987s…


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 Image credits: The Art of Dress, Pandora Sykes & Camille Over The Rainbow instagram