Prada’s handbags tend to be overwhelmingly staid; the brand has positioned itself, season after season, as the source for work-appropriate power bags for women with corner offices (or corner office aspirations), and although Miuccia allows for an artistic departure here and there, whimsy is usually not her stock in trade. With that in mind, I have no explanation for the Prada Mink Fur Cat Pochette. (more…)

In spite of the fact that I’m generally willing to give Miuccia Prada the benefit of the doubt on almost anything (those ill-advised, open-toe Miu Miu cowboy boots from a couple of seasons ago are a notable exception), I wasn’t really feeling most of Prada’s Fall 2014 runway bags. Most of them were decked with huge, ungainly chains and little else, and many of you were similarly unsure whether they’d translate well to retail. Good news: they have!

Pre-orders for Prada’s fall runway bags are now up at Bergdorf Goodman (as well as for a whole load of non-runway options), and the results are mostly quite good. There are far fewer chains, and the bags that have had them eliminated entirely fare the best, especially the elegant top handles. If you still want a chain in your life, there are some smaller, mostly metallic options that meet your needs, but they’re not the highlight here. Check out a selection of the bags below and shop the full selection via Bergdorf Goodman.

Here’s Kerry Washington, attending a private party in LA with a Prada Face Mural Shoulder Bag, which was one of the most eye-catching pieces from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection. The line has long since sold out, but it was so popular that Prada is doing some more girl clutches and things for the upcoming season, like this close-up version: the Napa Zip Girl Clutch, which is currently available at Bergdorf Goodman for $1,195.

Speaking of fabulous clutches, “The Many Bags of Kerry Washington” is particularly clutch-heavy, as Kerry’s red carpet appearances greatly outnumber her casual public appearances. BTW, Kerry’s private party seemed to be a very swanky to-do – Zoe Saldana, Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Leslie Mann, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain and Selena Gomez were all spotted leaving it.

Here’s actress Famke Janssen, coming out of a fancy pet supply store in NYC with her adorable senior pup, Licorice. Her bag is a mint blue Prada Saffiano Gardener’s Tote, which is extremely similar to the Prada Executive Tote we saw Taylor Swift carrying recently. You can find Famke’s bag in a darker shade of blue for $2,2000 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Prada’s entire Pre-Fall 2014 line has been available for pre-order at Bergdorf Goodman for over a month now, and the bags are due to ship no later than the first week of October. If you haven’t seen Prada’s Pre-Fall collection in its entirety yet, you can view it here. Celeb favorites like the Gardener’s Tote and the Executive Tote are already available in quantity at both BG and Saks.

Our by-the-minute Taylor Swift bag coverage continues this week (of course). If you haven’t been following along, Taylor is now shamelessly baiting New York paps on a daily basis with great bags, shoes and clothes. (OR, she’s just trying to live her life as stylishly as possible, and an army of paps just happen to be following along.) If you know anything about pap life, you probably know that shots of celebs with nice bags or otherwise recognizable clothing sell well, for reasons you can probably guess. Here’s Taylor once again, walking toward or away from activities of an indeterminate nature in New York City, carrying a Prada Executive Tote, which is available in a similar color at Bergdorf Goodman for $2,430.

It seems that everyone’s favorite teen pop-country sensation has finally decided to abandon the whimsical braids and sundresses of yesteryear and embrace garments and accessories with a little more structure and integrity (and much, much higher price tags). We’ve long speculated that Taylor wanted to avoid flaunting high-end products because of her very young fans (unlike her contemporaries Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez), but now it seems all bets are off. There’s a follow-up post to “The Many Bags of Taylor Swift” coming down the pipeline in the very near future, PB readers, but while we all await it with bated breath, tell us: what do you think of Taylor’s style transformation?

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.

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