When I think of the Alexander Wang aesthetic up to this point, I always have a piece made of matte, slouchy black leather in mind. Not only has Wang made his accessories name with handbags that fit that description, but his clothing line can often be described with exactly the same words. For Alexander Wang’s Fall 2011 Handbags, though, the designer is mining the opposite end of the spectrum – the best designs from this collection are almost defiantly glossy and structured.

And those pieces are easily the best of the lot. I find myself growing a bit tired of the stud-bottomed Rocco and all of the auxiliary designs it spawned, even if fall’s calfhair and leather version is the best I’ve ever seen the design look, and the severe, mirror-patent bags provide a perfect antidote to that fatigue. The color palette and smart little metal-capped corners, first seen for Spring 2011, maintain continuity with Wang’s current work, but the results are a much-needed aesthetic refresher.

Photos via Style.com

  • edoardo

    I lvoe these bags, tey are “so Wang”, perfectly on his style!

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  • Mochababe73

    I was not a fan of the Wang Rocco or any alliterations of the bag, but some of these I really like. The last two are my favorite. The second and third pictures are nice as well.

  • ninjaninja

    The square clutches are interesting, but I’m not really feeling it.

  • rose60610

    I like some Wang bags, but I’m not fond of any here.

  • 19yearslater

    I like #8. The top is slouchy but the bottom is structured! Crazy!

  • Rima

    I just love alexander wang .. when will it be in stores ??

  • txazdreamgirl

    No. 10 is the YSL Downtown bag not even gone to be reincarnated yet, (even though the closure design appears different in the center). Come on!

  • Princess garnet

    The only Wang bag I like is the Diego bucket. So I would choose that as my favorite. I love that blue color and the pebby leather. Pretty bag.

  • Elizabeth

    love! i like that he keeps taking new directions.

  • turadosapuay

    first one look like a wallet.