Kiko Kostadinov’s latest bag is catnip for it-girls everywhere
It’s safe to say that cult favorite Kiko Kostadinov has a knack for creating an It-bag. Designed by its womenswear co-creative directors Laura and Deanna Fanning, the Trivia bag – which was originally part of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection – has been seen on the likes of Bella Hadid and Iris Law, in addition to being popular among international street style ensembles. Today, the Melbourne-born, London-based twins are launching their new bag for Autumn/Winter 2022: the Wishbone.
Crafted from premium Napa leather, the bag is delightfully soft and foldable with an emphasis on graphic shapes at the ends – which the girls noted as a misstep in the world of traditional bag making – which comes in Diamonds, Circles and Triangles. The name refers to the subtle material that emulates a real triangle. “They kind of look like deflated couch padding, but in the best way,” Deanna explains. “We love that you have to dress the bag rather than the other way around, and there [are] so many different ways to wear it.
Available in a range of sizes and delicious shades of baby pink, plum and bright green, Wishbone bags are an integral part of the latest collection themes. Laura and Deanna wanted to merge classic notions of glamor from two opposite ends of the aesthetic spectrum – one being the sleek, gothic qualities of 1930s silver-screen sirens, and the other being uber girly. “It always feels like it’s one or the other, when it comes to women’s clothing – why can’t the two exist together?” asks Laura. “We wanted to bring together the tension points of the interior of this glamorous paradigm and poke fun at certain elements like the little black dress, a paisley pattern – which we made look almost like a faux leopard – or opera gloves in glittery knit,” adds Deanna. .
Asked about the success of the Trivia bag and whether it was intended to be a coveted item, Deanna replies, “Not at all, it was positively surprising.” “We only design with our collection concept in mind, never a specific muse, so it’s amazing how it’s resonated with so many people,” adds Laura. For the sisters, the experience seems oddly complete, as their original research involved street magazine cutouts that featured all the it-bags of past generations. This season, there are scintillating – or “yassified” in Internet culture terms – iterations of the Trivia that are sure to drive It-girls crazy too.
The designers – who have had a slew of successful accessory collaborations in the past with Medea, Asics and Camper – are eager to embark on collaborative apparel-based projects this year. “It’s actually something we’ve never done before, so it’s very exciting,” says Laura. We can’t wait to see what the girls have up their sleeve, but, for now, it’s time to plot to get your hands on the Wishbone bag.