If You Thought Prada's Paper Clip Was Mad, Wait Until You See This Dress

In the late '90s and early '00s, any hip girl (or dedicated minimalist) worth her salt would have clambered over hot coals to get her hands on Miuccia Prada's utilitarian nylon backpacks. They were It bags, and other, flashier pieces of arm candy were discarded in favour of the nonchalance that this offbeat purchase provided.

We've been through many phases of must-have bags since that time—remember the chunky hardware of Chloé Paddingtons, the simplicity of Céline's Classic, the bells and whistles of anything from Fendi or Chanel?—and back in August of 2017 when we first wrote this piece we were suddenly at a point in time where almost anything went on the luxury-goods front.

There are still pared-back options aplenty (see The Row, Hermès or Saint Laurent), medium-size statements (a Loewe or Chloé, say) and all-out craziness (think Gucci, Dolce and so on). There was also a very cost-effective flip side, with the rise of cheap-as-chips basket and net bags. It all led to something we predicted early on: that the cool kids would come around to Prada's nylon pieces again.