Anyone who’s opened a high-end fashion magazine in the recent past knows, those types of publications are focused on aesthetics to the near-complete exclusion of practical concerns. Style.com may be known as a website first and a magazine second (check out the print edition, though, it’s pretty fun), but it still follows that same fashion mag edict – form first, function second, if at all. Depending on the application, that ethos can either be fantastical or head-scratchingly odd.

The site recently released its top 10 lists for the season’s accessories, and its choice for The Best Bag of Fall 2012 struck me as the latter. This Fendi Crocodile Clutch maybe be a beautiful evening bag, but a great piece of functional design it is not. Box clutches never are, no matter how pretty they may be. Not only that, but this little evening bag isn’t even indicative of the season’s overall accessories trends. So what gives?

Making “best” lists is somewhat subjective, naturally, but I always try to follow a set of personal guidelines when I write mine for PurseBlog. Not only does a bag have to have that special spark of brilliance that can’t quite be described, but if it’s going on a seasonal list, it should somehow relate to where the handbag category is going in the months to come. Not only that, but it should be a piece that can somehow be relevant to the lives of bag lovers; even if it’s not a potential hysteria-creating It Bag, a purse needs to appeal to a significant consumer audience to be “best.”

Bags differ from ready-to-wear and maybe even shoes in that way; they form the financial engine of many of your favorite companies, and as a result, function plays into their design much more heavily than it does with, say, an evening gown. Naturally, a bag’s design merits have to be evaluated differently. This clutch, with its glossy green crocodile and picayune proportion, is beautiful but not particularly interesting, not to mention a bit irrelevant to the average high-end handbag consumer. In my mind, it would definitely make a list of best clutches but come nowhere close to winning the season. I’d reserve that honor for a piece from the Chloe or Chanel collections, or maybe even for something else from the same Fendi line. Agree? Disagree? Tell us what makes a “best bag” in your mind.

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  • Silversun

    I think the shape skews a bit close to a butt for my tastes…

  • Prichey20

    I think you hit the nail right on the head. In addition to appearance, any possible “It Bag” must have style and functionality.

    I am really surprised that a clutch (regardless of brand or appearance) was chosen. Usually fall bags are larger in size, being a tote or a satchel, and are meant to be carried several times throughout the week.

    Perhaps this specific clutch would be the top pool for evening clutches, however, being deemed number one bag for fall is totally inappropriate.

    Hopefully, in the future, Style will be a bit more discerning in their vote for top bag.

  • Marie Martell

    Don’t agree, the shape is strange.

  • Sandra Rowley

    While the bag might be nice for a clutch.  I live in the real world and rarely attend events that make a clutch like this one relevant at all.  My favorite bag at this moment is my YSL Chyc Cabas …tons of room while still very fashionable.  The list in its entirety was mostly disappointing if you ask me…a couple nice bags but nothing I had to have….well then again that Chanel bag might change my mind about Chanel bags….it is worth a second look.

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    One big NO! :0

  • Talktoalyssa

    Skof!  Hells no!

  • 19yearslater

    It’s not even the best box clutch of the season.

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