There are women that make us feel a tad insecure because they were born prettier than us, work out more than us, dress better than us or make more money than us – and then there’s Miranda Kerr, who does all four simultaneously with utmost finesse! Miranda was once again spotted on the streets of NYC looking ridiculously flawless, this time with the baby blue Prada Spazzolato Frame Bag in hand.

Two weeks ago, we saw the debut of the Prada Spring 2013 handbag collection, where Muiccia Prada put on a handbag showcase with lots of eccentrism. You name it, it was featured on her handbags: studs, fur, and flower prints just to name a few.

So after the Fashion Week hype and with a little time to digest all of the upcoming bold, vibrant and sometimes unconventional designs, sometimes it’s nice to look back at the classics.

The old saying goes that when you’re in Rome, you should do as the Romans. Well, when you’re in Paris going to a Miu Miu show, you should probably do as the Miuccia fangirls do and get decked out in Prada, right? It seems as though that’s the line of thinking that actress and fellow Amanda Amanda Seyfried followed when getting ready to take her front-row seat at the Miu Miu Spring 2013 show (look for our coverage of the collection on Monday!) earlier this week.

Perhaps this is stating the obvious when speaking of anything wrought by Miuccia Prada, but Prada Spring 2013 was pretty weird. The clothes were a late 60s-Japense geisha mashup that often worked quite well, but hardly anyone who watched the livestream even noticed them, distracted instead by what appeared to be (and actually were, it was confirmed later) leather toe socks paired with almost every footwear look.

As we often note, men’s bags tend to be more subdued, more neutral and more cleanly designed than women’s bags; the men’s market just isn’t into as much look as female luxury consumers are. That’s the traditional view, anyway. The menswear industry is in a period of rapid modernization at the moment, and suddenly a much wider variety of aesthetics and ideas are considered within the mainstream.

Ladies and gents, I’ve got a major crush on a Prada bag that seems like it makes little sense to add to my collection but I feel like I may dream about it… often. Over the weekend, the annual Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party took place in NYC, and while I missed out on stopping by, I closely followed images of friends that partook in this 1920s-themed weekend.

We all knew these bags were coming, and now they’re here in all their crazypants glory. Prada Fall 2012‘s handbags are just as embellished and detailed as they were on the brand’s Milan runway, as if there were every any alternative. It’s Miuccia’s world, we’re all just living in it. This season, her world is dotted with 70s flower appliques and oversized crystal embellishments.

Looks like our friends at Rue La La are listening to our every want and need: they are filling their boutiques with designer handbags. Almost hidden within the other offerings, the European Luxury Renaissance boutique from Rue added both Fendi and Prada bags. I am more of a Prada girl than Fendi, and these cool Prada Python Bowler Bags caught my eye.

Hands down, Prada has designed my favorite line for spring. The brand’s throwback designs infuse touches of Cadillac cars and flames reminiscent of the movie Grease. Prada’s shoes have wowed me and I can’t stop thinking about the entire collection. In fact, if someone threw me $20,000 just for funsies, I might spend it all in one place, and that place is Prada.

Images via Vogue.com

This may sound a tad odd, but I’m consistently impressed with Prada’s dedication to designing quirky, intellectually rigorous, thoroughly modern runway collections that won’t sell particularly well to anyone other than slavish fashion devotees. Few companies of a similar size are willing to put things as broadly inaccessible as Prada Fall 2012 down the runway, and that continued bravery is something that gives me a great deal of respect for Miuccia Prada as a creative force.

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