It’s so easy to get caught up in trends, gimmicks and the Next Big Thing when you follow fashion. The industry moves through ideas at a pace that can be both exhausting and exhilarating, and sometimes you lose sight of the beauty of basic things.

The Mulberry Python Bayswater Bag is not “basic” in a literal sense, but the design’s simple, familiar lines go a long way toward streamlining an outfit. They also make the color variation in the beautiful gold python skin absolutely sing, which elevates this bag far above your average metallic without unnecessary complication or fussiness.

The shimmering gold is very reminiscent of some of the tones most recently seen in Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2011 shoes, and this particular color’s usefulness as a luxurious neutral is undeniable. Instead of feeling gaudy, the somewhat muted shine reads as extremely high-end but also very wearable, which is exactly what this bag should be. It’s a little pricy, but this is the kind of bag that completes every outfit without ever trying too hard. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $4000.

  • [coco]

    I’m not really feeling this bag. It is not so beautiful to me. Whilst I love anything in gold and the python skin would catch my eye a mile away… it just doesn’t speak to me. The hardware doesn’t seem right maybe. Or perhaps it is the style combo with the python. Hmmm… I feel very confused about this bag!

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

      The tone of the hardware is off, so that might be it.

  • edoardo

    Love this version…so “simply glamour…”

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • PhotoGirl

    So beautiful. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that 4K is more than “a little” pricey, though. :)
    That said, I saw the $50 Mulberry bags up close and personal in Target yesterday, and I do agree that you get what you pay for. . .

  • Mochababe73

    Not a fan of any type of snakeskin. Not a fan of Mulberry handbags.
    However, I find myself loving this one with the exception of the gold plate. It should have been antiqued. Too brassy.
    The python in this color is beautiful.

  • Stylista

    You can never go wrong with Mulberry. I’m liking the metallic python.

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

  • Jamie

    Muted shine! Thats what I like about this metallic bag

  • sabine

    Real English class! Love Mulberry and the bayswater

  • Cid

    Love the bag, sadly I can only afford to rock the Mulberry for Target bag….LOL
    http://www.cidstylefile.com

  • Maggie

    Very pretty and luxurious looking! (ipad)

  • helen

    The color is too shiny for my everyday use, but I love the simple design of it. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Luxe too expensive for me though (ipad)

  • Jen

    Eh… So so (ipad)

  • nini

    shiny (ipad)