It can be easy to forget that fun can be a virtue in fashion; when we’re ponying up serious money for a bag, a lot of us expect a serious bag in return. A purse doesn’t have to be dour to be luxurious or worthy of a designer price tag, and if you’re ready to put a little bit of irreverence back into your wardrobe, the glam androgyny of Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 is exactly where you should look.

Dolce & Gabbana used Janelle Monae and David Bowie as stylistic muses for the collection, and you can see Bowie’s glam signature in particular on the bags. They’re covered in colorful sequins, animal prints and star-spangled chains, sometimes all three at once, and the effect is as over-the-top and joyful as one might expect, although the embellishments got a bit too literal from time to time with inlaid leather music notes and piano keys. Dolce even found a way to make me not hate many of their belt bags, which you can tell by the fact that I didn’t refer to them derisively as “fanny packs.” If you’re looking for that kind of bag, Dolce & Gabbana is the only acceptable way to go right now.

Photos via Vogue.com.

  • ninjaninja

    Some of them have a Betsey Johnson feel to them…

    • mimi

      I totally agreed with you!

  • styleezta

    Loving the animal print :)

  • Lulugurl

    Cute bags!!! Don’t think I could ever carry one, but they are fun!

  • LDJ

    Not a bad collection @ all, since I know the inspiration behind the designs. I like 28 & 31.

  • Amanda

    I’m trying to see it, but I just can’t. And I can appreciate a fun, colorful bag. Ninjaninja hit the nail on the head. I would be even more discriminating and say that they all look like Betsey Johnson meets Claire’s meets Forever 21.

    • yy

      Yeah, I agree! They just seem to veer away from ‘fun’ and into ‘tacky’ zone.

  • Cathy Fitz

    I love them all! But I would certainly have to consider the price of one of these because I can’t see spending beaucoup for whimsy. It wears off after a few times carrying.

  • delaney

    ack. suffering from bling and animal print overload!

  • mermaid

    Great eye-candy, but the problem is that most of them are not classics in any way. If I splurge on a bag, it just has to have a more timeless appeal.

  • Cate

    sweet lord-just no to all of these!

  • Pam

    too much of everything

  • Stacy

    I can (almost) appreciate the whimsy of these bags. It’s just..they’re a smidge over the top for my taste…ok…maybe more than a smidge. lol. :)

  • Maggie

    I kind of like the sparkly sequined greenish satchel!! Very pretty!

  • 19yearslater

    Beads, sequins, music, stars, AWESOME collection. They’re out there and that’s why I love them.

  • Chels K

    Just … no.

  • bunnyb

    I’m not a fan of fanny packs nor too much bling

  • Millie

    Some of these bags are so good, (I will always love sequins always.) but some of them look like the bag equivalent of a keyboard tie. Cool for a few months in the eighties, tacky or kistch now, but not something I can see people shelling out a lot of money for. I love the concept and a lot of the execution but I agree that sometimes they’re too literal about it.

  • gacats

    Way to much frou in the frou-frou!

  • adrienne z

    fun stuff!

  • Blo0omdi

    these days i’m into small medium bags, i might seriously think of gettin myself one of those small goodies :D

  • Mochababe73

    LIke Christmas on acid.
    As much as I love a blinged out, shiny, metallic, studded handbag, this is too much even for me. I like #13 and the little waist bags, but the other ones-BLEH!

  • Sarah

    I LOVE the teal sequined satchel (#21), but would probably be more willing to buy the black leather version (46) just to know I would use it more often. Some of them are too over-the-top for me (I use every one of my bags for everyday), but those two really stood out to me as “WANT. NOW”s.

  • Lorie

    Ooh, sparkly and fun. I love how the chains have little dangling stars.

  • joana

    a great idea to revive the classic belt bag into a modern chic purse! :) love it! :)

  • Lizzie

    too much bling

  • Krista

    LOVE the first one, the rest make my eyes hurt.

  • Rachael

    That piano bag is a FAIL!!! Couldn’t they google a picture of a keyboard first?! They want to you pay thousands for a bag with the wrong keys. (keyboards DON’T have four black keys in a row)

    Even the piano key necktie at the Dollar General can get that right.

  • Arab Fashion Designer

    zebra type design is good. I love to bye D & G hand bags.