Since the onset of logomania in the late 90s, "the busier the better" has seemed to be the maxim of many accessories designers. We're relieved, then, to see a recent swell of sleek, vintage-inspired frame bags in the vein of Hermès's Constance, a structured satchel with scalloped sides that debuted in 1959. Phoebe Philo of Céline reworks the prototype by slimming the width and foregoing the logo clasp in favor of an anonymous push-lock closure, while Maison Martin Margiela strikes a balance between austere and surreal, attaching a metal-frame coin purse to the outside of a monochromatic crossbody bag. It’s a daring reconstructionist maneuver that retains the ladylike semblance of the Constance, which, even for Team Margiela, is no small feat.
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