If ever there was an excellent example of why almost no one can pull off the intricacy and texture that has become a hallmark of the Valentino accessory aesthetic, it’s the Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile and Whipsnake Floral Tote.

I’m not say that this bag is bad, because I really don’t think it is. It’s also not great or particularly inspiring, in the same way that Valentino bags usually are. A poor choice in coloring has sacrificed some of the bag’s visual texture, and despite the fact that I respect where the designer was going with all of this, I don’t think she ever got there.



The way that Gonzalez chose to group her flowers is just sort of…splotchy. Either they need a lot more variation, or they need to be all one color – either way would highlight all of the great texture that they provide. As it is, all you notice are the stark lines that separate one color block from the next, and the subtlety is lost.

I also disagree with the decision to use a woven tote as the background for the flowers instead of leather. It may have been chosen with the intent of mimicking basketry, but even for a bag with such high-end embellishment, it’s hard to justify the price in my head when most of the bag isn’t made out of leather. It’s a solid effort with a few fatal flaws, and a solid reminder that no one does flowers and texture like Valentino. Buy through Saks for $2995.

  • FrankieP

    Looks like bunches of blossoms upon a trellis fence to me. I don’t mind the grouping, as blossoms do, but agree a leather backing would have been better. Can’t think what colour though – black might have been a bit stark and harsh!

  • Handbag Lover

    Horrible!

  • Tina Phan

    This bag is fun and whimsical but the color palette is way gross. Hello, has she seen Valentino and those amazing flower purses?? I wrote a post about a Valentino flower purse…let me know what you think at http://phashionable.com/2009/08/buy-of-the-weekyear-valentino-flower-purse/ .

  • Mochababe73

    It’s ugly-plain and simple. I would have liked it more if she left off the black and stuck with just a nice soft leather and the flowers. Nancy Gonzalez needs to stick with what she knows best because this is not working.

  • ShoeQueen1961

    I’m a serious Gonzalez fanatic–but she missed the mark with this one… Extremely disappointed!!!

  • Cheryl Degosta

    UGLY!!! I would not even use the handbag even if somone gave it to me as a gift.

  • Kendra

    Love it! (fb)

  • Elyse

    this bag missed the mark. oy. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    not for me (fb)

  • AW

    It might just be me but thin handled totes have never been my favorite. They look very flimsy and cheap to me and the way this one has been done just reinforces that./