A bag doesn’t need to come from a collection with a strong and unified design vision to be good, but more often than not, the best bags do. Starting with a clear point of view gives a set of designs a singular vision and set of references from which to pull, and knowing what those are going in to the creation process tends to lead to better and more rigorous editing, something that Jimmy Choo’s Fall 2011 Handbags could have really used.

As I look at these pictures, I started out optimistic; a good dose of structure was perhaps exactly what was needed in order to set Choo on the right track. But as I continued to click through bags, things got weirder and weirder, and not in a chic way. Several bags are covered in metal Zodiac medallions, some of them are giant, structureless puffs of fur, one in particular is very much in need of a shave. My advice to the folks at Jimmy Choo would be to keep the box clutches and start from scratch with everything else.

Photos via Style.com

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  • Janice

    I have found the stupidest site on the Internet! A site devoted entirely to discussions about empty bags!

    I guess it’s true what people say: women are stupid.

    • Cnolt

      Sexism!!! :DDDD

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      • mochababe73

        LOL!
        I have this as the wallpaper on my phone.

    • LAltiero85

      Ummm…isn’t Janice a female name???????????? I feel sorry for you. Not too bright, huh? Pity.

      The first bag looks like a bag I had in eighth grade…I guess it’s okay for a middle school girl?

    • Kristy

      I have found the stupidest person on the Internet! A person devoted entirely to searching the web to find sites to rant on! I guess it’s true what people say: idiots can’t keep there mouths shut.

      • Kristy

        I guess it’s true what people say: Kristy can’t keep her mouths shut because she can’t spell “their.” Then again Kristy is the most stupidest person on the internet. I am devoted entirely to searching the web to find sites to admit the fact that I am stupid. I guess it’s so true! I am a dumbass! =)

    • Janice

      I guess it’s true what people say: Janice is stupid.

    • michelle

      go to another site…

  • lisa

    i resent that janice. women are very intelligent and creative. if there is something fun to discuss like bags to brighten our day amongst all the bad stuff going on in the world then i am all for it.

  • lisa

    meanwhile not a fan of this collection

  • rose60610

    “Stupid”? How about “interested”, “curious,” or “passionate”? Whatever one’s interest may be, I’m sure there are multiple websites/clubs/organizations dedicated to it.

    Do you label others “stupid” because their interests may be motors, books, electronics, clothes, cooking, antiques, power tools, poker, or what have you?

    Bags may be stupid to you, and that’s great. Do other people slam what you’re interested in?

    Last I knew, handbags comprise a segment of the fashion business, which is an industry like any other in the sense that it employs thousands of people in manufacturing, retail, marketing and advertising, delivery services, textiles, etc. Oh, and all those thousands of workers? They pay taxes, too, to a government that gives you the freedom of speech to call women; all women, apparently, “stupid”, because we may have a passing interest in a topic that isn’t on your precious list of whatever it is that interests you.

    I wouldn’t call women who have thousands of dollars of disposable income “stupid”. In the last year my investments allowed me to pay cash for a new BMW as well as several designer handbags and a multitude of other things. I didn’t get it by sitting on my judgmental tush calling other people “stupid”.

    • Bec

      I love rose60610′s reply to Janice!! I really couldn’t have said it better myself (probably becasue I’m stupid).

  • rose60610

    I’m not a fan of this collection, either.

  • Sandra Rowley

    I am not a fan of the bags…or Janice.

    • NikolineK

      Well said. LOL

  • chloehandbags

    I like the astrology motifs. :)

    If there’s a plainish clutch with them on, or a longer-strapped hobo, I may be tempted.

  • Lucinda

    I second the above, the bags are hideous and whomever Janice may be, she is very small minded indeed. Women are not idiots, I for one have a PhD that proves otherwise. I also have a very demanding job and happen enjoy fashion, especially bags, and the distraction this website brings.

  • 19yearslater

    I actually love the hobo with zodiac signs. I think it’s a little sillier to troll the internet looking for the stupidest site instead of visiting those enjoyable to you.

  • Mochababe73

    I like numbers 10, 11, and 12. I love animal print, but I would probably only take #6. But, yeah, this collection is kind of all over the place.
    There are some intelligent women on this site. I wouldn’t call any of them stupid. I like reading the reviews from some like 19yearslater (often on Bag that Style, Talk Shoes, and PurseBlog). I wouldn’t call anyone on here stupid.
    I’m not into certain things so I don’t visit websites devoted to them and call everyone on it stupid. In all honesty, I think that it’s stupid to go trolling on websites in which you have no interest. There must be SOMETHING else that you can do with your time.

    • 19yearslater

      Aw thank you. I love reading your reviews, too.

  • Cate

    I have to agree with this assessment: save the box clutches, and toss everything else.

  • Marianna

    I am disappointed. Nothing is calling my “stupid” name!!

  • Lori

    They really missed the boat on these bags.

    And who comes on a perfectly sweet website and calls everyone stupid? I think Janice has some issues she/he might need to deal with. That sort of criticism comes from a clearly unhappy place. Sorry Janice, but we aren’t stupid and we don’t care what you think. Go see a therapist.

  • ninjaninja

    I’m not excited about these bags at all.

  • Diane

    Janice blows…literally and the bags…they just suck…sorry Jimmy!

    Amanda…you nailed it again!

  • DJ

    I used to love Jimmy Choo, but this collection seems derivative of other bags. When I was in 7th grade I’d have loved that stars & moons bag, but I’m LONG past the age when such designs were cute.

  • suz

    Not crazy about any of these bags….but I do want to say to Janice…there are a gazillion sites out there on which to spew your venom….so leave us alone.

  • Candace

    “Janice” is a TROLL. To all the people yelling at this troll, I say, STOP FEEDING THE TROLL. Remember – (internet) trolls love attention by inciting angry responses by, well, trying to get under your skin with patently blanket and insulting statements. Ignore the troll and the troll will be disappointed because it will not have been fed. :)

    NOW – back to Jimmy Choo…this collection is really disappointing. I don’t even know where to begin…ok, no I do. The hobo with the stars and planets and such looks like an art project gone wrong. Ugh.

  • Joyce

    Someone at Jimmy Choo was up too late one night with some gin and a bedazzler.

  • Oliana

    Come on! This is a ridiculous bag.. running out of ideas, are we??

  • Angela

    Nice one Candace.

    About the bags…. Hello, Wake Up Jimmy Choo bag designers! You’ve been sleeping for far too long.

  • Vivki

    love it tooooo

  • Olga

    I don’t know what the appeal is of any of his stuff. All his stuff look cheap to me, like brandless handbags you buy for 50 bucks at Macy’s or something.

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