Prada Spring 2013

Prada’s new collections are always among the first to arrive at online retailers for pre-order. The schedule has become so consistent that to me, the sight of saffiano leather and lean, structured totes feels similar to seeing that first red-breasted robin of spring, only more expensive. The non-runway bags from Prada Spring 2013 arrived at Neiman Marcus for presale yesterday, and I think the temperature outside automatically ticked up a few degrees. (That’s probably all in my head.)

The new bags are all very Prada, of course, but I’m struck by how many of them are also very someone else. The Promenade Satchel is better known as a Louis Vuitton Alma, the Cervo Fringe Tote looks similar to some recent Christian Louboutin ventures and the flared gussets of the Saffiano Bicolor tote are a clear nod to the trend sparked by Celine. On the bright side, the awesome Parabole Tote, which debuted for Resort 2013, is thankfully still around (and in several new colors) and the Degrade Sequin Clutch is a perfect spring wedding option. Check out the collection’s most interesting pieces below or shop the entire lineup via Neiman Marcus.

Prada Degradé Sequin Clutch
$995 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano Parabole Tote
$1,890 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Cervo Fringe Tote
$2,695 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano Promenade Bag
$1,495 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano Large Bicolor Tote
$1,890 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano Colorblocked Tote
$1,890 via Neiman Marcus

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  • Joshua

    The last bag in the slideshow reminds me a lot of the Fendi 2Jours bag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/irenesyarif Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief

    The Saffiano Promenade looks too much like LV Alma.

  • Sandra

    They are lovely well made bags but nothing that is very original. The Fendi 2Jours and the Celine Luggage Tote seem to be represented here. The colors are nice though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/petra.brankovska ????? ??????????

    except for the sequin clutch, generally not impressed.

  • http://twitter.com/TaoTube TaoTube

    such a shame… I see LV alma, Celine Luggage tote, Fendi 2 Jours in this PRADA bag collection. Good job Prada!

  • Grace

    They’re not very inventive, are they? Agreed with TaoTube, a mix of other designer bag elements. These are nice, but not for those prices.

  • heyyeh22

    While this new season of Prada does seem like the designs draw from a few other ‘it’ bags, we can’t forget that standard Prada has always been very simplistic and chic. Though they haven’t gained ‘it’ bag status in the past few years, their clean lines and style will always be a classic, to me atleast.

  • Chele

    Although I like the Saffiano Promenade bag with its gorgeous shade of cobalt blue, it does look too much like LV’s Alma bag.

  • olkxr

    I like the Saffiano Promenade bag .

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