Pull it together with the SS19 laundry bag

Evening clutches and party minaudières everywhere are quaking with fear. It’s not that the party bag is defunct until further notice, but official party season has been and gone and the return of a working schedule has hurricane-d back.

A slinky, decorative, often strapless bag is, right now, as practical as open-toed sandals in snow. Functionality is what makes an outfit recipe all the more satisfying, so in the era of personal compartmentalising, it’s time to go full Marie Kondo. And what’s more sartorially exciting than topping off an outfit with a bag that, physically and mentally, compartmentalises your things, in one neat and stylish swoop?

The elevated laundry carrier has evolved, or, moreover, has returned in cyclical fashion at precisely the moment when we need it. For the coming season, Saint Laurent, Hermès and Ganni have all drawn inspiration from corner-stop launderette’s (what’s more fashion than dry-cleaning your fashion??) to create one of the most practical bags of the year. And in dainty floral prints and embroidered polka-dots, it’s also one of the prettiest.

At Gucci, Alessandro Michele went as far as collaborating with LA’s regal Chateau Marmont Hotel, below, to create a leather and cotton laundry bag – complete with the hotel’s signature faun – just because he likes it so much.

Whose to say that a bag with performance ability can’t be a party bag too? Come back to me on that one, but in the meantime, here are five styles worthy of attention.

Wintour beaded backpack, Ganni

Wintour Beaded Backpack w/ Tags by Ganni, €176.73 at  therealreal.com .

Wintour Beaded Backpack w/ Tags by Ganni, €176.73 at therealreal.com.

Printed backpack, Gucci

Printed textured-leather backpack by Gucci, €1,290 at  net-a-porter.com .

Printed textured-leather backpack by Gucci, €1,290 at net-a-porter.com.

Drawstring tote, Gucci x Chateau Marmont

Drawstring tote with Chateau Marmont print, €694.41 at  gucci.com .

Drawstring tote with Chateau Marmont print, €694.41 at gucci.com.

Quilted leather drawcord, Sportmax

Quilted leather drawcord bag by Sportmax. Price unavailable. More information at  world.sportmax.com .

Quilted leather drawcord bag by Sportmax. Price unavailable. More information at world.sportmax.com.

Lambskin drawstring bag, YSL

Teddy pouch in lambskin decorated with tapissier studs, €1,990 at  ysl.com .

Teddy pouch in lambskin decorated with tapissier studs, €1,990 at ysl.com.