April 10, 2007

SS07 (Non-)Trend: The See-Through Bags

The one runway-shown trendy thing to not touch (or even think about) this season is the see-through bags. Honestly, this is such a weird, uncommercial thing for the designers to come up with. I imagine even the most attention-seeking lala-landers will not adopt this bag (although you never know.) And how did the designers all come up with them together? Were see-through bags a thing of the 80's that I'm not aware of?

Dolce & Gabbana has always tip-toed on the very thin line of high-class sexy and tacky (or perhaps it's just both), so I suppose see-through bags showing up a lot on their SS07 runway wasn't too weird.
It actually looks nice to have things outside the bag. Strange.
What is odd is that even Karl put these PVC bags in Chanel. Don't buy this bag unless you're a rich, spoilt, Chanel and Juicy sort of tween.
OK, so I suppose this Fendi bag looks decent enough in this picture and it's not as transparent. But don't let the pretty design fool you because it is still see-through!

Fortunately, most high-street stores have stayed away from producing 'inspired' versions. Unfortunately, a few high-street stores did.
Top Shop has these colourful PVC bags. I can't decide if being coloured makes them more playful and fun or tacky.
Nine West has a more proper-looking handbag version of a see-through bag.

My point is I just don't get these bags.

Photos: www.style.com, www.topshop.com, www.ninewest.com


Blogger Eli said...

I dont get this trend either cause it was already a fad in the 90s. Shoot, I bet some people still have theirs!

4/10/2007 6:51 AM  
Blogger WindWhisperer said...

I think it's a ridiculous idea, but some people will go for it. The totally seethrough clear ones are just silly. The Fendi bag would make a nice beach purse.

4/10/2007 6:53 AM  
Blogger noor said...

I know this is totally off topic but I need help!

I'm going to prom this Saturday and I'm wearing a strapless black BCBG dress with a red silk cropped bolerro jacket from David's Bridal, I need to wear something under my dress to cover my chest up or do SOMETHING to cover my chest, preferebly something that will cover up to my collar bone. I don't want to look tacky or like I'm wearing too much, help please! What can I do to cover my chest up? Thanks!

4/10/2007 7:10 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I bought two dooney and bourke bags, a big and small one for beach bags. They are great because they're cheap and able to get all muddy and sandy and wet and I can just wash them off with water. (I normally HATE dooney and bourke) Other than that, the plastic bag trend is tacky and untrendy.


4/10/2007 7:17 AM  
Blogger enna said...

i could see myself getting one of the topshop bags for the beach, but i certainly wouldn't buy a really nice see-through purse.

4/10/2007 7:36 AM  
Blogger Jennine said...

didn't some inner city schools require thier students to use transparent bags to prevent them from bringing weapons to class?

4/10/2007 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Alysia said...

it's prob because of the airport strictness with carry on baggage. Why carry a ziplock when you can have a chanel/LV/Prada see through bag? much more chic.

4/10/2007 8:20 AM  
Blogger Trendini said...

This kind of goes with the jelly shoes I used to wear back in 1993...haha

Spring is all about clear jewelry (lucite necklaces and banlges)...so I guess they needed the bags to match...hum

4/10/2007 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Madison Wexner said...

While I agree with your views, I think you were a little unfair. There are people who like this trend, believe it or not. If you write "don't buy this bag unless you're a rich, spoilt, Chanel and Juicy sort of tween", they may think that their fashion choices are stupid or inferior. There are no facts in fashion; there is only opinion.

4/10/2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Eliana said...

I know this is kind of weird, but I actually kind of like the see through bags when they're filled with bright pink things like lipglosses and wallets...On second thought, I wonder how you're supposed to carry around a tampon in one of them.

4/10/2007 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i find the colourful PVC bags really cute to carry around in the beach but i'm not a big fan of showing all my personal belongings elsewhere..yes..like the tampons..

4/10/2007 1:32 PM  
Blogger Mrs Fashion said...

Yep, it's definitely a trend stemming from the airport security scenario... However even if you have a clear make-up bag they'll still make you put your liquids in a sandwich bag!

Furla bought out a clear tote immediately after the scare last year and Chanel did one soon after that too...

These styles fit in very well with the whole lucite shoe trend (but I wouldn't want to wear them together!). The coloured ones are fun for the beach but I'm not feeling them myself...

Mrs F x

4/10/2007 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe some of the designers were making a commentary on the nature of public life in the 21st century -- i.e. how many people lead "transparent" lives. think of reality show stars & paparazzi magnets like britney spears & lindsay lohan -- they are incredibly open about some aspects of their lives, and our celebrity-crazy media digs up the rest & displays it in the tabloids each week.

these bags are sort of poking fun at our celebrity culture, in my opinion. and it's not just celebrities -- think of blogs, youtube, and other aspects of the internet. warhol really knew what he was getting at when he said that in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes!

4/10/2007 9:21 PM  
Blogger Fashionistakay said...

Its true! The transparent bag is a non-trend...I wouldn't want everyone seeing whats in my bag. The focus would be on what is inside it instead of the bag itself. IF you get teen vogue or buy the magazine, there was an issue a few months ago where transparent bags were featured, but what was inside made it look nice, yet it was very unrealistic. There were light pink and dark pink tennis balls in it...things that would compliment the bag I guess but it really made you focus on what was inside of it. Anyway thanks for that post...and I will not be fooled by cute looking transparent bags like Fendi.

4/11/2007 12:43 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

tragic. with a capital T.

4/11/2007 1:31 AM  
Blogger ENID P. said...

This was only used in teh runway for shock value...


4/11/2007 2:13 AM  
Blogger Frapp said...

Fair enough on the runway, but foolhardy on the high street. 'Nuff said.

4/11/2007 2:59 AM  
Blogger shopgirl said...


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4/11/2007 5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this trend only looks good on the runway. not too good for street fashion. Especially if your walking down LA with all your belongings showing. You might get mugged. I think that what Harrods Girl tried to say. Its not that it doesnt look pretty, its just that it isnt made for real life/ street walking. just runway.
I dont think this trend will get very far.

4/11/2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

i think the see through bags are only good for rare occasions...i used to have transparent hello kitty bags as a child, they were pretty cute...lol. these bags in the pictures seem more like something i would use to carry my makeup or something

4/11/2007 12:42 PM  
Blogger from the left coast said...

i think they are a trend-let because they all seem to be about the size of a quart . . . .instead of carrying a ziploc bag around in an airport they could be carrying their liquid toiletries in chanel.

4/12/2007 6:55 AM  
Blogger missx said...

Has been said already, but yes, it is because of the airport ban on liquids less than 3 ounces and have to be in a see-through container. I think it would be tasteful to carry a see through Chanel number through airport security... but I can see how people would think it's tacky to carry one around to work and school and such.

I love those Topshop ones, though.

4/12/2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Shaz said...

Yeah these bags were made for airport restirctions on hand luggage...designers seem to capitalize on everything these days..im not too comfortable with everyone being able to see what ive got in my handbag...

4/12/2007 7:42 PM  
Blogger NYC Modelista said...

It doesn't make sense. Why would someone want to show the world what a mess the inside of the bag is. I mean, unless you have a lipstick, a compact and a wallet, it will look messy.

4/13/2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger Fashionista said...

I find it kind of fun, really...

I would personally not wear one though..would freak out if other people could see what's in my bag..!

I love the see-through bags by Emilio Pucci (SS07)!

4/13/2007 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go again.
Isn't this just a copycat of past trends? I mean, come on. See-through bags? I don't see how this is useful. (Especially if you're a female and you need your, er, womanly necessities.)
I don't see how this is high-fashion. Plastic, transparent bags? Yeah, I think I'll pass.

4/28/2007 2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this post is old, but bear with me.

I was in an antique store with a friend today and I saw some hard, see-through plastic cases. I asked about this, and while I didn't ask what time period it was, it turns out that women would get one of those and then line it with a scarf that matched their outfit. Thus you couldn't see everything inside, and you could use the scarf to coordinate it with your outfit without owning many purses. I guess that buying a bunch of scarves were more econimical than buying a bunch of purses. Anyway, maybe that could be another origin of the trend!


6/02/2007 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of highschools, like mine!, are requiring them so thank god they are some what in style right now so they are easy to find.

7/01/2007 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing bags.
amazing fashionable video/pictures

8/10/2007 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please i need a help,,,i tried searching for the chanel transparent bag in Middle East...do u know if they sell it online ,,so i can order it from europe?

4/18/2009 5:14 PM  
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9/25/2009 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where I work clear bags are a requirement. It's nice to have choices.

7/18/2010 5:42 AM  

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