Spotting a bag that you really, truly adore during a fashion show is one of the most agonizing things about working in this business. You know it’ll take six months for the object of your affections to even become nominally available, and when it does, the price will, in all likelihood, make you dizzy. And still, you remember. And you lust. And you revisit old posts you’ve written that featured the bag. (Ok, that last one is probably just me.)
One day, though, the bag shows up, and it’s at your fingertips, ripe for the taking. For me and my beloved Fendi 2Jours Studded Neoprene Tote, today is that day. Yes, the color – a bright orange that Fendi and Neiman Marcus insist on calling “red,” despite abundant evidence to the contrary – is aggressive. So are the tonal studs that divide the front panel into six sections and make the bag look like it might eventually sprout buds for new, smaller versions of itself. That’s one way to justify paying over three grand for a neoprene bag, I suppose – if it regenerated infinitely.
Still, I’m in love. If one has to deal with the inconveniences and drudgery that often mar day-to-day life, one might as well do it with a spectacularly eccentric handbag, and bright orange certainly feels fresh after the boredom of winter. Fendi Spring 2013 was my favorite collection of the entire runway season, and I still love the weird, wonderful, futuristic feeling that the bags provide. Especially this one. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $3,590.