A bag in the shape of a strawberry and the other most cheerful accessories of the season

From a can of trompe l’oeil paint to a handbag with wheels, the standout accessories of the holiday season are steeped in whimsy. Italian designer Alessandro Michele, who stepped down as Gucci’s creative director last month, has long embodied this mood with his maximalist aesthetic, using clashing prints and unexpected, often surreal accessories. Those looking to try this style couldn’t go wrong with the miniature bag pictured above, which was part of the brand’s 2023 Cruise Collection. Hanging from a gold chain strap, the bag resembles a ripe, plump strawberry – a cheerful reminder of the warmer seasons to come.

A similarly playful spirit animated Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2023 menswear collection for Celine, titled Dysfunctional Bauhaus, which included a series of pieces featuring works from the estate of Swiss conceptual artist David Weiss. Crafted from the house’s Triomphe logo print fabric with black calf leather accents, this weekend bag is emblazoned with an image of a giant Weiss wave reminiscent of those depicted in Japanese prints and paintings of Ukiyo-e from the Edo period.

Louis Vuitton is making a splash of a different kind with a monogrammed bucket bag designed to look like a paint can, complete with a metal handle and warning labels. Crafted from coated canvas and cowhide and available in a range of vibrant colors including deep plum and bright orange, the design harkens back to the brand’s heritage: Louis’ HQ address is printed on the label Vuitton in Paris and the year the house was founded in 1854.

Prada also embraced its history this season, releasing a canvas bag embroidered with a green and black geometric pattern that echoes the brand’s iconic triangular logo, first introduced on trunks by company founder Mario Prada, a 1919. Filled with Prada’s signature Saffiano leather label, the graphic bag, aptly named Symbole, seems emblematic of the house’s enduring legacy.

In the 1910s, Émile-Maurice Hermès, then director of his family’s eponymous brand, encountered the zipper for the first time, during a tour of North American car factories. Inspired by the elegance of both the closure and the automobile, it launched the Bolide Bolide, which was the first bag to use a zipper closure, in 1923. The brand’s humorous new iteration takes that inspiration literally by including toy wheels at the base of the bag, which, for added fun, can be complemented with a miniature version of the same design.

Tennis is a familiar theme for Chanel; Throughout its history, the house has offered clothing inspired by the sport, and even tennis balls emblazoned with its famous double C logo. For its 2023 cruise collection, the brand reintroduced racquets housed in lambskin cases, and to go along with them, released smaller, novelty versions of the bags that contained racquet-shaped hand mirrors, perfect for checking your looks between games.

For those looking to bring style to other forms of exercise, Fendi has included a signature luxe take on a classic hiking boot in its holiday capsule collection for men. Crafted from black nylon with tonal pony hair detailing and dark gray nubuck leather detailing around the ankle, the shoes match the season with their ice blue lace-up laces.

Similarly, with a wintry feel, with a midnight blue face and alligator strap, is Patek Philippe’s new moon phase watch for women. Its sundial features Breguet numerals applied in white gold, while the bezel displays 132 diamonds in a lace-like Dentelle setting. Bright and celebratory, but also rigorously functional, it’s a piece designed to last a lifetime of holiday parties and beyond.

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