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Darren Kennedy: Why tourist-style bumbags are back in vogue

Tourist-style bumbags are back in vogue

Rita Ora, bag detail, attends the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Chanel)
Rita Ora, bag detail, attends the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Chanel)
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

Bum bags, fanny packs, shoulder slings; whatever you want to call them, tourist-style accessories are in vogue.

The trend seemed to originate on the street, as fashion-forward folks showed them off at fashion weeks last year. Soon, they proliferated Instagram feeds, before finding their way on to runways.

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At Chanel, they came in white, in the house's signature quilted lambskin leather. They were white at Fendi and Burberry too; the latter emblazoned with the house's new logo and a gold chain instead of the traditional belt. Alexander Wang seemed to go one way - sending models down the runway wearing multiple bum bags at once - while Salvatore Ferragamo's version was so minuscule it was barely visible. At Givenchy, former Chloé visionary Clare Waight Keller is working her magic. The British designer seemed to bring her talent for creating sought-after 'it bags' along with her, as stunning leather belt bags added an elegant edge to outfits.

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Top Tip

No belt? No problem. When it comes to bum bags, use them as you would a belt to cinch in oversize dresses and blouses. An androgynous blazer nipped in with a bum bag looks the business with drainpipe trousers and a chic mule.

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