Prada Pre-Fall 2014 handbags have arrived for pre-order via Bergdorf Goodman, and you’re likely to see some things you recognize, both from Prada and elsewhere. First, the marquee lady-face bags from Spring 2014 are back for a second round, this time in a slightly simplified clutch form that won’t cost you quite as much. Prada’s popular camouflage is also back, this time in shades of red and green on a lightweight nylon background.

Also familiar to bag lovers will be the presence of a bucket bag with contrasting red lining, but this version lacks the pared-down elegance of the Mansur Gavriel bag that likely inspired it. There’s too much red trim, and the bag just feels fussy – it’s the weakest of an otherwise strong pre-season group. Check out Bergdorf Goodman’s full selection or take a look at some notable pieces below.

Event: Tea at the Plaza Hotel

Our Bags: Prada Ostrich Double Bag and Prada Mini Bag

Price: $9,600 for the Ostrich Double Bag and $990 for the Mini Bag

What To Do: The Plaza Hotel remains one of the most iconic spots in the world, and its afternoon tea truly delights. Go downstairs to the Plaza Shops to visit the Eloise boutique first, and then have a mother-daughter tea for two in the grand Palm Court. It’s the definition of a fairytale afternoon.

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My penchant for Prada has taken a significant upturn, mainly thanks to Scandal’s Olivia Pope. Liv dresses so elegantly yet always looks comfortable, and this combination is ideal to me. Her accessory game is spot-on, always relying on classic beauties, and her preference for Prada has caught the eyes of many handbag lovers.

I wasn’t able to get behind the Prada face bags, but the Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag, provides a stunningly timeless design, all the way down to Prada’s signature saffiano leather and inverted triangle logo.

This bag contains two compartments, which are separated by a center snap-flap pocket that resembles an envelope clutch. The double bag pulls in each compartment at the center, which adds a bit of dimensionality to the otherwise simple design. The bag comes in a variety of colors, from classic black to tan to an electric yellow. Buy for $2,650 via Bergdorf Goodman.

You’ll notice two things about Prada’s Fall 2014 handbags: first, holy chain handles, Batman. Second, they don’t look a lot like Prada handbags as we’ve known them in the recent past. Miuccia Prada sent out a more tightly edited collection of bags than she has on her past several runways, in which every model had a bag in her hands. This time, only 10 or so did, and they were all neutral or metallic flap bags of varying sizes, with relatively minimal turnlock closures.

The bags were less structured that Prada’s recent efforts, in addition to being shoulder bags instead of totes or satchels. My initial concern is that these bags will be super heavy if the chain handles aren’t hollow, and odds are that they’re not – they’d feel cheap, and Prada generally goes for expensive and impractical over cheap and easy. Take a look at the runway bags below and let us know if you’re feeling them in the comments.

Prada’s artistic Spring 2014 runway bags caused a ton of buzz and conversation within the fashion industry, as Prada is wont to do, and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for them to make their retail debut so that we could get a better look at the details and how much the bags will cost. Now that a selection of the bags is available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus, we have our answers: they’re super cool and every bit as expensive as you’d expect.

The bags come in a larger satchel size and a smaller shoulder bag version with a removable handle to allow the bag to be used as a clutch. Some of the art is shared between the bigger and smaller versions, but it’s used in different ways; the large satchels feature a partial-face closeup, while the smaller version is a chest-up portrait of the same woman. Both sizes use the artwork printed on Prada’s hardy saffiano leather, which has generally been the canvas for Prada’s printed bags in recent seasons. Both versions of the bags strike me as rather wearable (and they surely will be worn by street style stars outside of fashion shows as we move toward Milan and Paris) for what they are, but the bigger version is better; the partial face makes the look more abstract and less distracting. Check out the six styles available at Neiman Marcus below.

I love Prada and hate “rustic” things, so you can imagine the cognitive dissonance I feel when I gaze upon the Prada Saffiano Embroidered Shoulder Bag. With a different kind of embellishment, I’d probably be all over a bag of this size, shape and structure from one of my favorite brands. As it is, I’m caught halfway between wondering if it will grow on me or if this bag’s as much as a prairie craft project gone wrong as it seems like it is right now.

For a brand likely best known for its sedate, durable leather totes, Prada takes a ton of chances with seasonal embellishments. Bags with human faces on them are headed for the brand’s stores come spring 2014, and resort is full of Hawaiian prints, as well as a few bags with a more continentally western flare like this one. While I appreciate the heavy detail and cultural references at play in this design, the finished product just isn’t my speed. I’ve been known to reverse a negative stance on Prada designs in the past, though, so perhaps I’ll feel different in a few weeks.

Are you into this bag, or not so much? Let us know in the comments or pick up this piece for $2,700 via Neiman Marcus.

My 90s heroine Claire Danes was recently spotted walking her adorable dog WeeGee in Soho, NYC with a Prada Saffiano Cuir Open Promenade Bag and a diaper bag of unknown origin. Her hat seems totally appropriate for the utterly dreary weather we experienced in NYC this weekend; unfortunately it didn’t help disguise her from the paps at all. Claire is a long-time Prada loyalist, she’s been wearing/carrying Prada for as long as I’ve been reading glossy fashion mags. You can pick up Claire’s luxe leather tote for $2,390 at Neiman Marcus.

Claire is, of course, extremely well known for her “ugly cry faces,” i.e. superb acting skills, but this face she’s making here seems to be here default “Oh no, paparazzi!” face – shock, mixed with slight horror, and an obvious dose of sudden self-consciousness. Such powers of expression! Sadly, as much as I loved every cry face she ever made in the 1990s, I have not yet seen a single episode of Homeland. I can only stomach so many hour-long dramas at a time.

As we’re putting together features for our much beloved “The Many Bags of…” series, the long-term bag-carrying habits of certain celebs are always brought to light. Case in point: “The Many Bags of Jennifer Garner” perfectly illustrated Jennifer Garner’s almost exclusive preference for neutrals. But, stars are human, and they’re allowed to change it up a bit every now and then. Here’s Jennifer visiting the Jimmy Kimmel show, carrying a bright aqua blue and red checkered Prada Vichy Check Bowler Bag. This bag certainly ranks as one of Jennifer’s boldest bag choices, and if you love it just as much as she does, you can currently snatch it up for $1,650 at Saks.

Also, let me just set the record straight right here: this is just an awkward angle of Jennifer in a particularly slouchy high-low sweater – JG is NOT pregnant again, I double-checked. She looks beautiful in these pics, but the slightly startling width of her sweater here made me do a double-take as well.

Sure, sure, Miranda Kerr always looks fabulous when she steps outside the house, right? Why do we bother? I’ll tell you why we bother – because she always looks fabulous in an entirely exciting way, and she’s always clad in designer wares from head to toe. Here she is out doing supermodel things in NYC, carrying a pale pink Prada Pyramid Frame Satchel. It’s proof positive that pale bags are indeed on their way to becoming a huge trend, just as we foretold earlier in the week. You can get Miranda’s bag in black for $3,150 at Neiman Marcus.

Miranda carries a lot of Prada and Miu Miu, which makes sense, because she’s walked in their shows, appeared in their ad campaigns, etc. (In other words, she gets a steep discount.) Take a look at how Miranda paired her pale Prada bag with that bold, graphic print dress and cobalt blue suede pumps. Unusual? Yes. Genius?! Perhaps! If you’d like to study her style further, here’s a little required reading: “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr”, and “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr, Part 2″.

Sometimes feminism and the fashion industry find themselves at odds, but Miuccia Prada has been dutifully doing her part for years to demonstrate that the two can peacefully coexist, and, what’s more, fashion can actually act in service of female equality and women’s rights. For Prada Spring 2014, she chose to do that in a somewhat literal way – she commissioned pieces from six artists, all of which depict women’s faces, and recreated them in her show space and on many of the items of clothing themselves, including the bags.

The painted bags are totally striking and easily my favorite pieces from the collection, but if you prefer something slightly less literal, the spring is full of structured, heavily compartmentalized satchels that harken back to the 1960s. Perhaps that’s a pointed choice; after all, the 60s were the era that women’s liberation really caught fire, at least in the US, and it feels pretty subversive to see models wearing modern street art and athletic-inspired footwear carry bags in shapes that my grandmother would recognize. I only wish that Prada’s show space had allowed photographers a more straight-on view of the bags themselves. Check out what we can see of the collection below.

[Photos via Vogue.com]

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