Let me first preface this review by saying that I am an enormous fan of Marni’s quirky-cool aesthetic and an ardent believer that the brand is too often overlooked by handbag fanatics as a result of some of the brand’s more eccentric pieces. The Italian company is actually a great source for a variety of pieces in your accessories wardrobe, and the ladylike (but still quintessentially Marni) leather goods from Marni Fall 2011 are a perfect display of not only the brand’s versatility, but perhaps more importantly, its functionality.
This collection includes everything from leather clutches with strong modernist hardware that would be well-suited for an evening out to larger, more utilitarian totes made out of the only perforated leather that I’ve ever seen that looks not only genuinely luxurious, but also design-appropriate. Marni does a great job of making smaller, more streamlined bags, which is a talent that dovetails well with the industry’s prevailing accessories trends. The nice thing about these pieces, though, is that they don’t look trendy – Marni keeps its bags just minimal enough to go the distance.