Prada Saffiano Embroidered Shoulder Bag

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.

Claire Danes carries a tan Prada bag in NYC (5)

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.

Jennifer Garner carries a check-print Prada bag in LA (5)

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.

Miranda Kerry carries a pink Prada bag in NYC (5)

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.

Prada Spring 2014 Handbags (1)

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.

Prada Camouflage Soft Saffiano Tote

Don’t ask me how all this started.

I’m a longtime camo-hater and have admitted as much when writing about the enormous fall trend for the print a couple of times in the recent past. A talented designer interpreting even something I hate is enough to make me take a second look, though, and for fall, tons of talented designers took on camo.

Prada Jacquard Check Small Bowler Bag

With me, Prada gets the benefit of the doubt. The brand and its designer, Miuccia Prada, have earned it – with every collection, Prada is saying something, questioning something, trying to force us to think a little bit harder about our assumptions on fashion, beauty and womanhood.

Naya Rivera carries a black Prada Saffiano Lux Tote in LA (5)

Here’s gorgeous Glee star Naya Rivera, headed into a photo shoot for 5th season promos, carrying a Prada Saffiano Lux Tote. I respect this NYC level of dedication to black on a sunny summer day in LA – towering black wedges, black jumpsuit, black shades and a classic Prada tote – it’s a sleek, if slightly gothic, look, given the ocean and palm tree backdrop.

Prada Small Saffiano Promenade Bag

Miuccia just gets me, man. I should just sign my entire wardrobe budget over to her, between Prada and Miu Miu. I just bought a pair of Prada shoes earlier this week (after initially going shopping to scout out a pair of Miu Mius), and now I’m scheming to making one of these Prada Mini Bags my next big purchase.

Look for Less Prada 3.1 Phillip Lim Bags

With the furious din of bold trends that have swept through fashion in the past few seasons – brights! neons! pastels! exotics! colorblocking! fur! embellishments of all kinds! – it feels positively refreshing to see the clean-lined neutrals that are coming forth for Pre-Fall and Fall 2013.

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