The Valentino Va Va Voom Crocodile Shoulder Bag, $11,275 via Net-a-Porter

If fashion seasons were like the Olympics, you could call Fall 2011 the Exotic Games – everywhere you look, brands are coming out with crocodile and snakeskin bags, seemingly each a little more drool-worthy than the last. Because trends are rarely penned in to a single cycle, though, plenty of reptilian delights have turned up in spring’s collections as well, including from brands that aren’t necessarily known for their work with exotics. That would be the case with the Valentino Va Va Voom Crocodile Shoulder Bag; Valentino produces exotic bags here and there but hasn’t made it a brand trademark, although that hasn’t stopped the company’s designers from getting in on the fun.

I’ve been a bit suspicious of this bag since the Valentino Spring 2011 runway show back in September of last year, and I still don’t entirely understand the little studded hand slot, what purpose it serves on a shoulder bag or why, exactly, anyone would ever be compelled to stick her hand in it. Aside from that, though, this simple, straightforward design is pretty nicer, particularly in dark-chocolate crocodile. The non-exotic details are nice on this bag as well, particularly the delicate metal handle attachments that adorn the top. But for five figures, the bag should be perfect, and this one isn’t quite there. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $11,275.

  • JenG

    It doesn’t matter how good this purse look, I can’t see paying 11,275 for it.

  • rose60610

    Pretty bag. The studs are just like the classic Bulgari Pyramid ring and remind me of elegant jewelry. The chain, apart from the shoulder top detail, looks like the chain found on some Chanel Mademoiselle bags, but not to the extent that it looks copied here. To me, dark chocolate is dramatically rich when done right. Beautiful.

  • shueaddict

    The pyramid studs remind me of Marc Jacobs’ failed bag collection of ..oh .. say 2 years ago? Hypothetically speaking, if I was to buy a croc bag I think I would like it with minimum embellishments. After all, croc is a statement in itself.

    • baglady

      I agree, croc a statment by itself. The studs and chain detract from the beauth of the croc. Would rather see a leather or croc strap so as not to distract.

  • Mila
  • lula

    I like the basic design better. Croc+stud is just too busy.

  • edoardo

    I find this bag a bit old. The studded gold pieces in the front that should make younger the bag they look too old and pathetic for me, the price is crzy and there’s nothing new!! i want something innovative from the two desigenrs of Valentino!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Cathy Fitz

    It’s a beautiful bag, but not in my price range.

  • ChanelAngel

    It’s a bit ‘blah’ for me………

  • Rina Red

    Love the studs detail and the chain. It compliments the whole look of this bag….however, too pricey *gulp*

  • tpwd

    it’s very nice! you can get what you wanted here!

  • YK

    I love croc and stud details but this bag is…. I think these studs are boring and do not seem expensive. they need sensibility little more like curves of hermes’ medor studs.

  • Mochababe73

    I know that this is crocodile, but I just find that the bag looks cheap. Maybe it is the hardware.