Even though Stella McCartney doesn’t use animal products in her bags, that hasn’t stopped her line from becoming popular among celebrities and other notable fashion-influencers. McCartney is perhaps most well-known in handbag crowds for the punky, chain-detailed Falabella Bag of Fall 2009, but it looks as though the designer has gone in an entirely different direction for the handbags of Stella McCartney Spring 2011.

With weathered “leather” and woven insets reminiscent of whicker furniture (and I mean that in the best way possible), McCartney took her handbag line in a decidedly traditional, 70s-inflected direction that called for lots of structure and intricate detail. What struck me the most, though, was the smooth, luxurious-looking faux leather – every time I look at these photos, I have to remind myself that these bags aren’t made of the materials that we’re all used to carrying. In that context, they’re fine specimens indeed.

Photos via Style.com.

  • Mochababe73

    I would never wear Stella’s handbags. They are just not my style and neither are her clothes. However, I appreciate the fact that she has convictions and sticks to them. She’s not a hypocrite. Alot of celebs say that they don’t do fur, leather, or animal skins, but you see them wear all of the above.

  • Stylista

    Mmm…the black clutch is nice, but the rest are too…hmm…”organic”?

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • Mary

    I have one of her bags from her first handbag season and I still get compliments on it.

  • MizzJ

    Love her clothes, but these bags look a little granny to me.

    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • ninjaninja

    I love the clutch, but it’s a pain in the butt to hold it all day. (ipad)

  • Julia

    i really like the first one! (ipad)

  • helen

    Interesting (ipad)

  • crivello

    I purchaced a Stella McCartney hand bag a couple of years ago. I was very proud to carry this bag and wore it very little in-a years time. Little by little the bag started to fall apart (unglued). I am so disappointed with the way it was put together – and after paying so much money – no matter what (non leather) it should have lasted me a long long time :(. Stella cheated me.