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. (And truthfully, the shoes would have been controversial even without the weird leather liners.) Surprisingly, the bags were mostly very conventional and quite pretty.

The standouts included a set of small, ladylike evening bags with delicate chains and the same enamel-and-rhinestone embellishments that constitute a great portion of Prada’s recent costume jewelry line. They’re the kind of bags that women in the 60s carried to chic parties, but with that signature irreverent Prada twist – a cartoon fur flower here, an aggressive rhinestone there. The collection also contained a few interesting totes with interior structure that created a hobo strap, but this time, small and sparkly stole the show. Check out the full gallery of runway shots after the jump. (more…)

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. What better major designer to lead the way forward than Prada?

We’ve noted in the past that men’s bags are often adapted from successful women’s designs, but usually that happens with bags that are already well on their way toward unisex appeal. Taking the intricate motifs of the Prada Fall 2012 runway bags and streamlining them into the Prada Spazzolato Briefcase is a bold move, and in my mind, one that pays dividends. Thus, it’s the subject of this week’s Man Bag Monday. (more…)

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. If I were there, this Prada Madras Evening Bag is precisely what I would so desperately want to carry along with me.

And as much as I love this bag, I really want to hear what you all think. Before you click after the jump to hear more of what I think, make sure you share your thoughts.

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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.

The bags have finally landed at Neiman Marcus, and with every look in Prada’s show sporting its own handbag, there’s predictably plenty to choose from. Even if you don’t like embellishments, there’s something for you in the collection, but you know how we feel about a weird bag. (Hint: We love weird bags.) Check out our favorites from the collections more daring options after the jump or shop the full array via Neiman Marcus. (more…)

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.

The prices are marked down nearly $1,000 on each bag, which is quite nice considering all of these bags are easy to consider classics. Each Prada bag features exotic python skin in a variety of different colors, my vote personally goes to purple. (more…)

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.

I have held back posting about this collection from a purely selfish standpoint, I practically hoarded all Prada items in my saved browser tabs so I could stare at them daily and figure out how to buy them all. The shoes may very well be the best part of the offerings and this is largely because of their flame detail and tail lights. No seriously, you read that right – flames and tail lights. While it sounds entirely kitschy, Prada has pulled this off so amazingly I feel like I am jumping for fashion joy.

The Prada Flame Wedge Sandals may not be my favorite shoe from the line, but when I was perusing Eleni’s cookie store in Chelsea Market this week I realized I am not the only person having a full-blown Prada love affair. (more…)

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.

Whether you like these bags will hinge largely on whether or not you find Prada’s signature retro-modernism enchanting. I do, so the loud 60s prints and even larger gemstone embellishments on trim, minimal bags were right up my alley. The tiny embellished minaudieres with leather shoulder straps were another odd highlight; I don’t think I’ve ever seen bags with quite that combination of elements, which says a lot when you consider that I spend 40-60 hours per week looking at handbags. Another treat? Unlike most designers, Miuccia paired every single look in this show with a corresponding handbag. If only more brands would get on board with that idea. (more…)

Images via Fashionista.com

We love a good ad campaign around these parts. Because most brands rely on accessories (as well as cosmetics and fragrance) to make ends meet, ads often put the bags and leather goods that we’re most interested in seeing front and center in a way that the runway never does. Prada’s ads are always reliably lovely, and the campaign for Prada Spring 2012 features my favorite of the collection’s runway bags – the framed satchel!

You have two eyes, so I’m sure you can tell that these photos were shot at a service station as an homage to the 1950s greasers and car culture that inspired the clothes. Fashionista.com tells us that Steven Meisel shot five models for the campaign, most notably Natasha Poly, and the results are good, clean Americana fun. Check out two more shots after the jump. (more…)

Prada Raso Jeweled Clutch, $2100 via Neiman Marcus

With Prada, resort collections are always a good indication of what’s coming when spring debuts, and the cutesy appliques on some of Prada’s Resort 2012 bags certainly belie the flames and cars we saw on the Prada spring runway. Among those very style-specific bags, though, are a few that will likely have a much broader audience.

My favorite of the group is the Prada Raso Jeweled Clutch above, which follows in the footsteps of previous Prada evening bags and covers its entire front flap in shiny, sparkly goodness. We have a sampling of the collection’s other distinctive bags after the jump, plus their price and purchase information. Not all of them have twee appliques, we promise. (Although we kind of like the lip bag? Maybe? A little bit?) (more…)

Images via Fashionista.com

Handbag lovers often get the shaft on the runway, but when it comes time to move some product and keep the company in the black (namely, ad season), brands are all about giving us lots of pretty pictures of exactly what we want to see. If you needed any convincing of that fact, just take a look at Prada‘s new Resort 2012 ads from the lovely ladies of Fashionista.com.

The shots, featuring model Lea Seydoux, at times literally feature more clutches than one person can hold. There’s great variety among the bags too – bright exotics, ruched leather flap bags, bejeweled box clutches. If you don’t look closely, you might miss a great piece, but don’t stop at the bags. Prada’s brand new jewelry line, launching next month, is also represented heavily. And are those a couple of Prada Bear Bag Tricks that I see? More photos and a behind-the-scenes video, after the jump. (more…)

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