Prada Fall 2013 Handbags  (13)

My feelings about any Prada collection are complicated. I know that I’ll love what Miuccia Prada sends down the runway, with few exceptions, but I also know that the bags are almost sure to underwhelm me. (Again, with few exceptions.) That was exactly the case with Prada Fall 2013 – both the clothes and the feel of the show were exceptional; a bravura performance from one of the generation’s great masters, doing what she does best. For the bags, my praise is somewhat tempered.

It’s not that they were bad, it’s just that I wanted more from them. The runway featured only two shapes: a simply, generously sized day clutch the likes of which fashion people adore, and an oversized carryall with frustratingly lowered handle attachments. This season’s Prada girl had shades of a Hitchcock heroine in peril, so the need to beat a hasty exist with the essentials in tow made sense. What still seems unnecessary, though, are those aforementioned handles; placing the attachment so low on the bag recalls the plasticized, long-handled weekenders of big box discount stores, which cheapens the look a bit. With pieces finished in custom tweeds and crocodile, that simply shouldn’t happen.

[Photos via Vogue]

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  • Sue

    Eew…bowling bags and cosmetic cases…not loving.

    • kevinkim

      def, its a crime against nature to use croc skin for a bag that looks like that.
      and a total waste.

  • Camila

    When I see the carryall, I see the Antigona. Then I think… I prefer the Antigona.

  • Grace

    I was hoping for something really special as 2013 is Prada’s 100th year anniversary (the company was founded in 1913) – perhaps the celebratory stuff is still to come?

  • TheBagFag

    I totally agree with the comments about being underwhelmed. The bags had a distinctly GUESS? Look about them, which I found so frighteningly unflattering, and lacking the “Zing” of PRADA… Usually my favourite brand.

    The lowered handles also did not win any points from me. Sorry, my beloved Miuccia… This is one season whee I just am not going to be convinced.

    Such a shame … I expected so much.

  • Rashida

    I don’t like the handle straps so low. I like the shape of the bags but just plain weird. Like they are trying too hard.

  • alice

    I love Prada but this collection is not the best. These bags are very similar to last season Louis vuitton collection (on the train) and I did not like that one at all too.These bags are unconfortable, heavy, old fashion (but for my grand-grandma not for me). As I said I used to love Prada…

  • Sofie

    I simply love this! The colour, the shape.. I just wonder how high the rice will be.. ?

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