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.