Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba carry Prada

Odds are that you either loved or hated the handbags from Prada Fall 2012. It was a bold collection for sure, full of prints, appliquéd leather patterns and heavy jewel embellishments, and it takes a particular kind of personal style (not to mention lifestyle) to get optimal usage out of such a bold accessory. Perhaps unsurprisingly, being a gorgeous, young actress or model like Miranda Kerr or Jessica Alba makes carrying a Prada Floral Applique Tote look pretty simple. But who wore it better?

Miranda and Jessica are actually carrying two slightly different versions of this bag, but for styling purposes, they’re quite similar. Jessica’s Prada is slightly taller, while Miranda’s is more of an east-west shape and looks a bit more structured. Indeed, both Jessica and Miranda chose to wear the bag in similar ways; they both took the opportunity to mix prints (Miranda with her scarf, Jessica with her jeans), they both chose to wear simple black boots and narrow jeans, and they both finished the look with a bit of leather outerwear (sleeves optional).

It’s worth noting that Miranda lives in New York, while Jessica spends her time in Los Angeles. In that context, it’s easy to see these two handbag-centric ensembles as a microcosm of how style differs in the the US’s two biggest cities. Even the differences between the bags – Miranda’s is the sleeker, more severe option, while Jessica’s bag is roomier and less structured – are instructive of the coasts’ subtle style differences. Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments! Unfortunately, all of Prada’s floral applique bags from Fall 2012 appear to have sold out online, but you can shop Prada’s full collection via Neiman Marcus.

  • Pixel_Queen

    Team Miranda. Jessica looks like the soccer mom that she is.

  • Yeranikm

    I’m from the west coast and I love my Cali weather, but I don’t understand why women, in LA especially, don’t just put their hair back into a pony or a clean bun when they don’t have time to style it (or it seems in Jessica’s case brush it) come on ladies! Miranda looks so much more refined and pulled together. She gets my vote.

  • Chele

    Miranda wins! She looks chic….

  • seres

    Jessica’s modern hippy look suits the bag spirit more.
    Miranda city slickness makes the bag look random.

  • Cindy

    anyone know where miranda’s leather jacket is from?

    • Camila

      balenciaga

  • Donna

    Miranda for sure.

  • Karin bag4bag

    This might sound strange but I don’t think either celebrity have chosen the right bag for their outfit. (Just my opinion) I am not critiquing outfits, just the bag.

    I think the squared traditional shaping with the flower design is all wrong for Miranda’s sleek styling. I know a contrast with your outfit can be good but I’d prefer fringing or studs or biker type or hobo or anything but that facile pattern. Remove the flowers or make the bag half the size. Maybe it’s a tough bag to pull off as I don’t think it compliments Jessica’s pale gray floral denim either.

  • Charlotte Andriani

    Miranda of course. Jessica’s look doesn’t fit well with the bag…. And O M GGGG I love Miranda’s scarf!! Does someone know where I can find someth similar (for less money ofcouuurseeee)

  • LabellaLuxe Boutique

    Miranda’s look is much better with this handbag!