This was just going to be your average runway review of the handbags from Michael Kors Spring 2011, but then I noticed something interesting – one of Kors’ runway bags is already available for pre-order on Saks.com. Much has been made of designers offering their runway wares for order via their own channels following presentations, but as far as I can remember, this is the quickest I have seen a brand go from runway to mass retailer with relatively little fanfare – it’s enough to make you wonder if this is the new normal.

As for the collection, much of it was classic Kors, although the offerings ranged from small-scale and ladylike to large-scale (and I do mean large) and beach-appropriate. All of the designs gave a nod to fashion’s newly streamlined accessories shapes, and many of the bags could be used by men and women alike. As promised, what appears to be a smaller version of the collection’s Santorini Raffia Totes are now available for pre-order via Saks for $495 with delivery expected by the end of the year.

Photos via Women’s Wear Daily and Style.com.

  • Lorie

    Good gracious! What exactly does MK think we’re toting around on a daily basis? Tents? Parachutes? Lawn chairs?

    You could fit a small child in those big bags! The leather ones look like they should be hung around a horse’s neck with feed in them. Neigh, neigh MK.

  • Stacy

    I see that he’s “inspired” by Hermes and LV (Alma bag), and anyone’s guess what else. I’m with Lorie – what is with those HUGE bags?? I already have a bad back and don’t need any help throwing it out by carrying something so monsterous. PASS.

  • Bagolicious

    I’m not usually into Michael Kors, but that tan, faux-croc handbag with the chain is gorgeous. It’s on the style of Chloe.

  • louch

    That enormous tan coloured flat bag on the model with yellow looks like the biggest ipad cover I’ve ever seen. These bags are absurd.

    But I do agree with bagolicious on the faux croc – that is gorgeous.

  • Lianne

    Why in God’s name would anyone want to carry a bag so large that it dwarfs a model? I like a decent sized bag for all the stuff I carry, but the only benefit to those is that they are so large, it would be hard to lose one.

  • somethingbags

    is there someone else inside the bags?

  • nacy

    I think handpainted bags are much more beautiful than this bags, have you ever buy bags from etsy.com, there are some good and beautiful handbags and it is much cheaper than these, especially this seller, etsy.com/shop/handmadezone .

  • purseloco

    Guess, MK was having a what were you thinking moment with the burlap bags, however I like the others.

  • angela

    I agree on your comments about the absurd sizes of some of the bags. However, design wise – i think this is his best collection yet.

  • Stylista

    Some of these are quite nice, but I find the larger bags are just too, well, large. For their size, there should definitely be more to make them look less like large pieces of fabric. I wasn’t fond of Kor’s collection for Spring, so I guess the bags aren’t impressing me either.

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

  • Amy

    okay well they look sleek and modern, except for one that is obvious enough to fit a whole person in. I’m not a fan of this collection, ..

  • Julia

    i’ll take number 7 please…so cheery!! (ipad)

  • DEPUTY

    Where can I find #9 ahhh!!

  • helen

    I’m always in favor of minimalism. (ipad)