The Next Big Thing: M2Malletier, Fall ’14-------
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Label: M2Malletier, designed by Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez
Need to know: After its September 2012 debut, M2Malletier entered the It bag zeitgeist almost immediately. Street-style alums such as Caroline Issa, Natasha Goldenberg, and Miroslava Duma were spotted carrying the sleek bags in between shows, leaving the rest of us wondering, Where did you get that? The relatively anonymous bags proved just as, if not more, intriguing as any big brand name. Now an M2Malletier is instantly recognizable for its geometric shape and gold bar handle, or “needle,” which was originally inspired by medieval medical instruments.
For Fall, that distinctive hardware will also be available in silver or onyx for an “edgier” look, according to designers Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez, who first met while studying at Parsons in New York. Luxe new materials were a focus this season: Slick crocodile and gleaming pony hair were gorgeous updates, and they played up the dimensions of the bags. The duo also has a knack for choosing offbeat yet wearable colors. Inspired by gemstones, Fall ’14 included rich shades of ruby, emerald, sapphire, and fire opal alongside the brand’s classic black, cream, and dove gray.
A few new bodies were introduced this season, as well. M2Malletier’s top-selling Le Fleur du Mal isn’t going anywhere, but now girls on the go can get the same look in slightly larger versions that even have room for an iPad. Losada and Velez also offered tiny clutches with miniature gold handles, which are undoubtedly destined for the red carpet.
They say: “We were very inspired by Italian neorealism films and their female characters,” Losada told Style.com. “They portrayed power and passion in the most difficult economic and moral conditions of post-World War II Italy, and had this innate elegance in spite of the poverty and oppression. They were strong, sensual, and extremely feminine.”