Some designers try to go in eight directions at once, but generally, Judith Leiber only has one goal, and that’s to create the sparkliest, shiniest collection of evening bags known to man. The company once again took on that task for Spring 2011, but it also tried its hand at the occasional exotic skin and day bag, standard Leiber flourishes of which not everyone is aware. And other than one exquisite white lizard clutch, I really wish Leiber had stuck with its signature crystals.

The python bags aren’t bad, per se, but they don’t have nearly the level of intricacy or perfection that one might normally expect from the company that made its name bedazzling everything from ducks to dachshunds. They’re simply average, whereas the rest of the collection features the kind of extraordinary detail work that we’ve come to expect from Judith Leiber. Although one nontraditional offering from Spring 2011 does impress: a tie-dyed leather bow clutch that might be the most effective use of the coloring technique that I’ve ever seen on a bag.

Photos via Style.com.

  • steffie

    I think the exotics are actually very well executed. I would be interested in seeing the price though.

  • Kelly

    WOW, the last 4 bags are amazing!

  • papertiger

    I have a couple of JL exotics (lizard) from the 1980s, the company has always done them and they are 100% impeccable. These are also gorgeous, esp the white frame with the chain handle.

  • 19yearslater

    The crystal bags are gorgeous and/or cute, but the exotics aren’t JL’s forte.

  • edoardo

    This is my favourite Leiber collection!! amazing!!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Mochababe73

    I agree about the tie dye. That’s one that I wouldn’t mind sporting.
    I am not a black handbag person, but I found myself drawn to the black exotic skin with the silver chain strap. It is stunning.
    I would have to say that the first one is my favorite while the black one with the pailletes is my least favorite. I have always found that pailletes look cheap.

  • Staci

    I love the last 7 bags but my favorite is the crystal peacock feather clutch shown at the beginning of the article. I need to own at least one Judith Leiber this year!

  • Candace

    I love #4 and the last 3 bags. My favourite is the last bag!

  • Demi

    I like almost each and every one of them, besides the clutch who has the shape of a dog – too edgy for me, sorry. My favourite though is the one posted in the main picture, above the text!

  • Vitta

    I agree with edoardo that this collection is just amazing! I am a huge fan of JL exotics, which the brand has been producing for about 50 years, since the 1960s. From the 3,500 styles that Judith Leiber created during her career, half belongs to the skin bags. This new collection is a perfect representation of her specialty — exotics decorated with semi-precious gems — with a twist. The oversize proportion of the ornaments on the skin bags is something very new and unexpected. Look how grand, yet exquisite the embellishments are on the 2 pink python clutches (#9, 12), as well as the beige snake/leather clutch (#25) and the Art Deco black enamel and silver clasp on the black snakeskin satchel (#24). I also love the refined simplicity of the white karung snake clutch with a white frame and silver chain (#8). The swan-white skins are treated with a hint of silver finish – such attention to detail. Delicious!

    Source: “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags”

  • Nancy

    I have love Leiber for years and years. I have skin bags that are incredible, one belonged to my grandmother and is still gorgeous. My favorite of this collection is #25. To die for!

  • Stylista

    Wow, these are great! Wearable too! I can’t find one I don’t like!

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • Maggie

    I love the cake and dalmatian!! Me want!! (ipad)

  • Lola

    I love the one with the sequins, the colorful one with the big folded bow, and the one with the peacock feathers! I’m a sucker for anything with peacock feathers though :) (ipad)

  • Smith

    ohmigosh i love each and every one of these…they speak to my inner elderly socialite jk (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I’m blown away by some of the pieces (ipad)

  • cl

    i love her for doing crystal designs. bling blingy! (ipad)

  • Veronica_Sawyer

    I love the peacock clutch!! So pretty! (ipad)

  • nini

    They look like they have a lot of detail! I like that! (ipad)

  • Sherry

    i love this purses (ipad)

  • Sherry

    the peacock feathers are cute (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Ohhhh I’m loving these! Eyecatching (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    the peacock feathers design gets my vote too!!
    it’s uberrrr gorgeous indeed!
    what are the price range for these anyway? (ipad)

  • Jen

    The peacock one is AMAZING! (ipad)

  • helen

    Like the design. (ipad)

  • swati

    7, 15, 20, 23 ….. especially 7 …… not a big fan of her minaudieres (ipad)

  • flaw

    I see a bag store of Chanel, cheap and good, everyone can see.
    http://www.thechanelonline.com