World of Marni @ Saks (1)

Frequent PurseBlog readers know how much our whole team loves Marni. The Italian brand seamlessly blends a sense of luxury with an almost artistic retro minimalism that yields some amazing pieces that other designers just aren’t brave enough to make (or aren’t creative enough to think of in the first place).

Marni Handbags

Much of the fashion world has clamored to grab a Marni handbag. Not this girl. There is something about these bags that I like and then a bigger part of these bags I do not like.

Marni Feather Crossbody Bag

Having spent many an evening binge-watching Say Yes to the Dress, you could say that I have opinions about feathers as fashion embellishments. Perhaps even more so than fur, they’re the accouterment most likely to look tacky in a hurry unless applied with the utmost care and a rigorous editor’s eye.

If someone who works in fashion tells you that her job doesn’t have any perks, I personally give you permission to slap her, or at the very least, call her a liar (but also slap her, because how often do you get a chance to backhand someone in real life and then blame it on a fashion blogger?) Tonight, the perk wagon came around and dropped me off squarely at the Marni x H&M press preview.

Marni Tote, $645 via Net-a-Porter

A couple of days ago, the fashion Internet exploded with news of H&M’s next collaborative partner – quirky Italian label Marni. Forget Versace – this is something I might actually consider standing in line for, particularly because a full menagerie of accessories will also be available, right along with the retro-modern prints and oddball color combinations for which Marni is known.

As much as I might personally enjoy rhinestones and brights and multicolor bags and any other kind of handbag design chicanery of which you can think, I realize that not all people can or will use bags with such loud personalities.

A few days ago, PurseBlog friend BryanBoy tweeted that Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni would be the perfect replacement for Karl Lagerfeld once he’s ready to move on from Fendi, and I can’t help but completely agree.

Marni Resort 2013 (2)

Marni is such a capital-F Fashion Person brand that I can’t help but love it. Unlike most of Marni’s Italian compatriots, the brand’s aesthetic isn’t particularly sexy or even sleek; instead, designer Consuelo Castiglioni prefers an androgynous quirk heavy in retro-modern prints.

Images via Marni

My level of excitement for mass market designer collaborations always varies widely (and mostly wanes by the time that full lookbooks surface), but believe me when I say that Marni for H&M has been marked on my calendar since the day it was announced.

How much do I love the Marni Layered Leather Satchel, exactly? A lot. I love it a lot. There is nothing not to love about it. I was prepared to whine a little bit that there’s no optional crossbody strap, but lo and behold, there is one.