You may or may not have liked Fendi’s Spring 2011 handbag collection, but you can’t argue that it was what fashion industry people call “directional.” Instead of merely designing safe, pretty accessories, Fendi’s handbags gave us a new way to think about combining color, structure and texture.

Vogue.com chose this Fendi Multicolor Woven Clutch to illustrate spring’s colorblocking trend in its Accessories Blackbook, but upon close examination, the design is interesting for more than just its use of color.

Which is not to say that this clutch’s bold color statement isn’t important; it is, and combinations like this one are what make Fendi’s spring accessories so timely. Not only is the clutch made of five different colors of leather, but the enamel-covered logo closure adds even more visual interest to the equation.

On top of that, though, Fendi clearly thought about how to take your average flap clutch and elevate it beyond the mundane. Instead of just using straight leather laces to create the woven pattern, the designers chose pieces of leather with a zig-zag edge pattern to make the weave even more intricate and detailed. It shouldn’t work, but somehow, it does. In spades.

Bags like this can be difficult to work into an existing wardrobe because of their clear personalities, but if you’ve got the extra cash and some patience, figuring out a way to add this bag (or any of Fendi’s other Spring 2011 options) to your personal collection will be well worth your while.

Image via Vogue.com.

  • steffie

    HURTS MY EYES!!! I dont love it

  • Demi

    I love it! I adore colourfull designer bags and this one just got on my wishlist!!!

  • Staci

    I love the colors, the design, and the texture! I could definitely rock it with no problem!

  • Stacy

    I love the fun primary colors and the woven detail – so intricate with an interesting design pattern. It’s not the size of a purse or handbag so it wouldn’t completely distract from what you’re wearing, nor would it take center stage like said bag would, instead they made it a clutch (small) and is just about the right size. I think I would like it but I would def. have to see it in person to make sure.

  • PhotoGirl

    Reminds me of an elementary school craft project where we made woven pot holders out of different colored strips of stretchy rags and then all of our mothers pretended to love them until they could safely throw them away. :)

  • kemilia

    Yes, it reminds me also of a grade school project, only with plastic strips–I think we were making key chains.

    • Musette

      What you and Photo Girl said!

      xo

  • Vitta

    Fun! I like the delicate weave and the unexpected color combination, including the color choice for the enamel clasp. It will look crisp and effortless with a pristine-white outfit.

  • Handbag Lover

    I kinda like it, it looks fun. I just wish Fendi would make more sophisticated bags. They need to change it up a little bit.

  • EvaKnox

    Wow. Gotta love Fendi.
    Just got the Multicolored Peekaboo and already thinkin about which one should be next

  • Rebeca

    looks like 4 five year olds :s

  • MizzJ

    I appreciate the detail they put into making this, but it’s still not something I would buy!

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  • Stylista

    I do like the enamel logo. I think it looks modern yet classic at the same time. The rest however is just crazy!

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  • Jen

    Beautiful. I wonder if Bottega is kicking itself for not coming up with it first.

  • sosti

    Love love love!!! I need this bag for spring! It is SO exceptional…

  • bldrboy

    that bag is absolutely amazing. i don’t see how anyone would have trouble working that into a wardrobe. this would work best with solid colors, which just about everyone wears.
    would look best with a white, flowing skirt and a tank top for day and button down blouse for night. fendi is really elevating the bar in the handbag wars. i love that sylvia venturini fendi states that they ‘don’t want to dress everyone’. they create products for their loyal costumers who understand true artisanship and are connoisseur’s of fashion. i’m happy to see them embrace this anti-democratic stance to their business. thats what makes it so exclusive. if you’re not in the in crowd or don’t “get it” then don’t buy it!

  • ninjaninja

    I actually really like the color combination (ipad)

  • nini

    I don’t like the colors. but that’s just me. I generally like Fendi purses. (ipad)

  • Zoe

    I’m speechless, it’s gorgeous. My favorite part is the enamel logo closure. Loves it.

  • Tiffany

    Don’t like the colors! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    ewwww….
    too many colours in used.. reminds me of preschool art works..
    maybe should limit it to single toned shades.. could look more elegant for such high-end-brand-name if u get what i mean.. (ipad)

  • Jen

    I don’t like the mix of colors. (ipad)

  • helen

    Happy colors (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    wow this is kind of loud for a clutch (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    great mix of colors (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    i can def rock this look (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    i can dress it up or down (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    i like it (ipad)

  • SHERRY

    :) (ipad)

  • nini

    too colorful (ipad)

  • nini

    Though I usually love Fendi (ipad)