Lately, Marni has been going slouchy and I like it. Sure, growing up my mother, grandmother and various family members would always tell the kids, “don’t slouch”. Well, I’m going to go against that and tell the folks over at Marni to keep slouching their way into our hearts and our closets! A little while ago, Amanda brought you the Marni Slouchy Leather Bag. Although that bag received mixed reviews from our readers, I had to bring you another Marni bag. The Marni Slouchy Shoulder Bag demonstrates how a bit of asymmetry can actually work. The caramel slouchy leather with silver-tone hardware, shoulder strap, zip across the top and turnlock fastening all come together nicely. In a season full of bright, Bright, BRIGHT colors, it would be nice to add a neutral bag to your wardrobe. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1410.
Marni is a brand known for their art deco theme that is done in a very minimalist manner. This clutch is a perfect example of what Marni does best. The Marni Satin Framed Clutch implements resin square embellishments on the front with a kissing clasp closure at the top. The navy satin body pulls the embellishments together and gives the perfect touch. This clutch is small, measuring only 8″W x 7″H, yet large enough to carry the essentials for a night out. This is a great piece with an art deco feel, to make you feel as if you are walking the streets of South Beach. The clutch is shown with a great outfit option; a sleek white Alexander Wang dress and a funky Roberto Cavalli bangle. The price will also lure you in, as this bag is well under the $500 mark. Buy through Net A Porter for $336.
Let me first preface this review by saying that I am an enormous fan of Marni’s quirky-cool aesthetic and an ardent believer that the brand is too often overlooked by handbag fanatics as a result of some of the brand’s more eccentric pieces. The Italian company is actually a great source for a variety of pieces in your accessories wardrobe, and the ladylike (but still quintessentially Marni) leather goods from Marni Fall 2011 are a perfect display of not only the brand’s versatility, but perhaps more importantly, its functionality.
This collection includes everything from leather clutches with strong modernist hardware that would be well-suited for an evening out to larger, more utilitarian totes made out of the only perforated leather that I’ve ever seen that looks not only genuinely luxurious, but also design-appropriate. Marni does a great job of making smaller, more streamlined bags, which is a talent that dovetails well with the industry’s prevailing accessories trends. The nice thing about these pieces, though, is that they don’t look trendy – Marni keeps its bags just minimal enough to go the distance. (more…)
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I am wearing my stretchy pants right now and sitting down to get back into the grind. We are starting the week off with a Marni bag. Marni handbags have not been my absolute favorite bags. They offer a modern touch, have an edgy appeal, but many times they just did not do it for me, even though I tend to be drawn toward a more modern look. But now I can officially say that I found a Marni bag that I adore, the Marni Pouchette Clutch. In the most perfect hue of green, this mint leather pouchette is easily lovable! There is a black acrylic frame with a silver metal clasp to fasten. And now that we are in the season of black and grey ensembles, this pop of fresh mint leather will surely brighten up any outfit. There is a small open pouch on the inside and is fully lined. Thank you Marni for giving me a bag to adore. Buy through Net A Porter for $1125.
Talk about a departure from the expected. When I think of Marni, I think of clean lines and geometric shapes, but this Marni bag is entirely different. Fur. Yes, an entire bag covered in alpaca fur from the designer who typically brings us the cleanest colors, lines, and looks. (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…)
Marni has been known for its modern touches and geometric shapes on its bags. I have been a huge fan of Marni in the past, yet I am not sure that this purse is for me. A runway look, the Marni Patent Shoulder Bag is designed with bright green patent leather on its framed body. The top frame is black and there are brown leather handles. The clean lines give a fresh look and a no hassle feel. There is no fuss about this bag, just simplicity with emphasis on a color burst. Is this bag too much at once or the perfect addition of color? This bag is funky, urban chic, and a great burst of color.
Buy through Net A Porter for $1265.
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…)
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…)