I love a good ad campaign. Unlike magazine editorials, ads are often designed to show prospective buyers the things that really make money for brands: Bags and shoes. Which, coincidentally, are the things we like most! Fashionista.com got a little preview of Prada’s Fall 2011 ad campaign and were so kind as to share it with the masses, so we thought we’d be so kind as to do the same.

Prada Leather Shoulder Bag | $1995 via Neiman Marcus

We have disappointed some with our lack of Man Bag Monday features, and for that I apologize. However, we are back on track now and while Vlad covered a novelty idea earlier today I have a full on leather bag to share.

Right when I saw this pop up on Neiman Marcus I knew I would cover it.

Over dinner a couple of weekends ago, a friend asked me if it ever felt silly to write about fashion in the wake of human and environmental disasters like the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. And, truth be told, it can feel a little bit silly at times, just as I imagine most people who work in non-public service jobs feel when confronted with such a devastating world event.

Right when I laid eyes on the Prada Raso Pietre Clutch in Turchese my mind immediately thought candy (the jelly bean or Cadbury Mini Eggs variety).

To fully judge the bags from Prada Fall 2011, I strongly urge you to look at the collection as a whole. If you like Prada’s quirky retro-futurisim, you will love the 60s mod quasi-innocence of what Miuccia put together, and in the context of fall’s Prada girl, the bags make perfect sense. The highly textured collection lends itself to simple, single-material bags; after all, if your ensemble already has fur, paillettes and a pair of glitter and python boots, you probably don’t need a handbag that competes for attention.

When you see a petite quilted flap bag with a chain strap that is intertwined with the same material as the bag itself, it’s difficult not to think only of Chanel. The Prada Printed Chain Shoulder Bag didn’t immediately cause that association in my head, though. Rather, my first thought was, “Ooh, nice print.”

Whether or not you like this bag probably hinges largely on whether or not you like Prada’s famous patterns, which are always sharp and interesting, as opposed to girly or traditionally pretty.

In a fashion landscape so varied and eccentric that the simultaneous embrace of leopard, lace, military-chic and minimalism doesn’t seem all that far-fetched or contradictory in the least, sometimes we forget the charms of a simple, good thing. You know who doesn’t forget that kind of stuff? Miuccia Prada. The Prada Saffiano Lux Tote is exactly the kind of bag I want to turn to when I’m feeling trend-weary.

It’s almost unfair to sit here in the doldrums of November and be forced to look at Prada Resort 2011 handbags, and days like today make it all the more clear that fashion’s season cycle is set up to make consumers (and bloggers) continually want what we can’t quite have or use. Even if Prada’s python- and crocodile-accented linen bags were available today, I wouldn’t have anything to do with them.

This Prada Cervo Satchel is no different. The reason I needed to share it with you is because its simplicity is striking.

It’s always disappointing when the handbags are the least impressive part of any collection, but with a line as inventive and exciting as Prada Spring 2011, I guess something had to get the short shrift. The collection’s shoes (which you can check out over at TalkShoes) were the best of the season thus far, but the handbags left a bit to be desired for luxury lovers.

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