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Perhaps improbably, Marni is always one of the handbag collections that I look forward to the most during Milan Fashion Week. The brand doesn’t have a reputation in the accessories world as a purse powerhouse, but I love Marni’s signature blend of girlishness and modernism. The end result is usually some great accessories that will withstand both the passage of the season’s trends and the passage of time, leaving you with a unique bag that people will ask about for years to come.

If you’d like to add that sort of accessory to your closet this season, you’d be well advised to go with one of the three-dimensional woven bags from Marni Spring 2012. Different fabrications and sizes of leather were woven together to create a pattern that looks a lot like tactile plaid, and the end result is kind of mesmerizing. Part of me would like to take one apart to see how it was constructed, but the rest of me would much rather tuck these bags safely away in my closet. All of them. Right now. (more…)

Marni Woven Leather Hobo, $2330 via Net-a-Porter.

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about the Marni Woven Leather Hobo Bag already, but somehow it seems to have gotten passed over in the spring shuffle. What I can’t figure out, though, is how that managed to happen – I absolutely love it. I loved it as soon as I saw it on the runway back in September, and my love for the slouchy-yet-stark design has only grown since seeing how soft and wearable the bag would be in real life. This design is proof positive that neutrals don’t have to be boring background pieces. (more…)

Texture is one of the big fashion words on everyone’s lips this year, which means that finding a unique way to incorporate it into your wardrobe is going to be a big challenge in a few months. Most of you seemed a bit tepid toward the prevailing ideas about python and its many uses, and I can’t say I blame you – I saw enough snakeskin during the Fall 2011 shows that I’d be perfectly happy if I didn’t see it again until 2012.

Thank god, though, that we can always rely on Marni to give us an uncommon take on a common idea. The Marni Studded Leather Shoulder Bag makes a bold texture statement without being a slave to one trend or another, and it does that while being neutral and functional enough to use every day. This bag has enough personality to not appeal to absolutely everyone, but who wants to carry a bag that can be seen on the shoulder of every other woman walking down the street? Certainly not me. (Unless it’s a Celine Luggage Tote, of course. Then GIMME GIMME GIMME. Ahem. But that’s beside the point!) (more…)

We don’t cover Marni all that often, but many times when we do we praise the brand for their sleek, minimal, and geometric designs. But this bag is a giant purple-people-eater-flop. I’ll give credit where credit is due and say the leather looks nice. Otherwise I am not keen on any design element and the overall appearance is really just silly. It is like a casual yoga bag meets high priced price tag with a weird out-of-place ribbon dangling on the front.

Marni, what were you thinking with your Ribbon-Trimmed Square Leather Tote? (more…)

As much as I might personally enjoy rhinestones and brights and multicolor bags and any other kind of handbag design chicanery of which you can think, I realize that not all people can or will use bags with such loud personalities. For those of you with real jobs who actually have to go to an office everyday (or those of you who simply prefer neutral bags in simple shapes), the Marni Quilted Leather Tote would like to speak with you for a moment.

Marni’s handbags have been long-underrated among accessories enthusiasts, and their clean, functional shapes and mostly neutral colors deserve far more attention than they get. My favorite thing about Marni, of course, is that among all that neutral functionality, there’s always a couple of off-kilter twists waiting for those who care to pay attention. (more…)

Nothing strikes fear into my heart like light-colored suede, and as a result, the Marni Large Suede Satchel has me wanting to hide in the closet. Or better yet, build it some sort of giant hamster wheel so that I can roll this beautiful bag around town with me without endangering the lovely dove grey suede. Beyond that, I don’t think there’s any way to protect this beauty from the ravages of everyday life.

I’m not exactly easy on my bags; I believe that they’re functional objects that are meant to be used, and if you wear one out, that’s nothing more than a great reason to get a new one. I sit my bags on the floor in restaurants when there’s not an extra chair and don’t have a second thought about it. But Marni? Marni is making me have second thoughts and wonder if I could change my ways. (more…)

Although Marni doesn’t enjoy a preeminent spot among fashion’s most powerful bag designers like some of the its Italian counterparts, you have to give the brand credit – Marni sticks to its quirky retro-modern aesthetic with a slavishness that has won it scads of fans who aren’t afraid of a bit of a fashion risk.

I’ve never been absolutely bowled over by a Marni handbag, but but they’re consistently unique and well-made, which goes a long way in a crowded accessories marketplace. Marni Spring 2011‘s bags may be the line that forces me to turn the corner, so to speak. The bags are streamlined, made of outstanding materials, and just weird enough to be wonderful. This line has a very specific customer base, and I think I’m finally part of it. (more…)

Marni Small Crepe Shoulder Bag

There’s something so Parisian and ladylike about the Marni Small Crepe Shoulder Bag that I just can’t help but be attracted to. The brand may be Italian, but what we have here looks so much like a cross between Lanvin and Chanel that you’d never know it from just this piece. Somehow, though, I like this bag even more – its lines are cleaner than on some of Chanel’s fashion bags and the totality of the design seems more well-edited than the average Lanvin. (more…)

Normally I have a good amount of vitriol for fur bags. Not because I have lots of political opposition to them (although I don’t wear fur), but usually just because they’re pretty ugly. Puffy, shapeless and vulgar are normally words I would use to describe them.

But, for some reason, I’m having trouble coming up with my normal level of self-righteous rage over the Marni Alpaca Tote. It’s not that I like it, because I don’t think I do, but could it be that it’s just not quite as bad as the average fur bag, while still being substantially worse than the average non-fur bag? (more…)


Marni Handbags

Much of the fashion world has clamored to grab a Marni handbag. Not this girl. There is something about these bags that I like and then a bigger part of these bags I do not like. So as I stare at the bags I attempt to pick them apart and decide what exactly it is that rubs me the wrong way. It is not the modern edge that the bags are given, because typically this is a style I appreciate. Maybe it is the lackluster finish of just a large balloon shape. Yes, the allure of the Marni Balloon bag is the shape, but is it really a shape that really is what I am looking for? I suppose the issue is me then; the bags are not horrible, but it is that they do not do it for me. Even more so is the color combination of some. Ok, only one of their bags can I think of that I really do not like the color combination; the purple and brown balloon tote.

Marni handbags are notoriously geometrical and modern, which I like. But these bags have yet to have me running outside to buy one. They do ok for me, but they are not getting all of my undivided attention. The feel surrounding these bags is Chloe-esque, hearty and lush leathers with a strong design. Above are some of the Marni bags on Net A Porter right now. Do you love them? Could you leave them? Buy Marni through Net A Porter.

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