Rihanna’s cabin-approved micro bag is a luxe lesson in packing light


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The fashion and music mogul arrived at JFK airport this week carrying an ultra-petite Delvaux carry-on for a 2019 spin on the business-traveller look.

Rihanna stormed New York Fashion Week with her Savage x Fenty lingerie show on 10 September, but in typically composed RiRi style, the fashion and music mogul was seen travelling conspicuously light when she touched down at JFK airport on Sunday morning, carrying just a micro handbag – inspired by a New York taxi – by French luxury label, Delvaux. 

This isn’t the first time RiRi’s opted to accessorise with the tiniest of zero-fuss bags. She’s one of a growing number of stars – including Dua Lipa, Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West – that have regularly championed Jacquemus’s ultra-petite top-handle purse, which can just about fit a credit card and lipstick. In Rihanna’s case, this is not only top-level confirmation that the supersized heavyweight handbag is the one trend we’re not going to be borrowing from the Noughties, but an important refresh of the business-traveller look. Minus the padded laptop bag and starched tailoring, Rihanna’s modern tracksuit and enormous smile is a definitively more powerful take on international CEO style.

So, why has the mini bag been such a success during summer 2019? Easy. Nothing is currently considered better taste than knowing when to (temporarily) part ways with your smartphone – meaning that the miniature accessory is a statement of both a freer mind, as well as a physically lighter load. As for guesses on what RiRi stows in her teensy handbag? Perhaps just a tiny case of Fenty Beauty’s cult Invisimatte Blotting Paper, with her passport stashed safely in the pocket of her equally laid-back slouchy track pants.