As I mentioned over on PurseBlog Savvy this morning also, I went to Kelly Cutrone’s book-signing in Atlanta (look for a post on that on Monday) and had a lot of fun scoping out what everyone was wearing. The girl carrying the Rebecca Minkoff Loveletters Leopard-Print Morning After Mini Bag was clearly the winner, at least for me – she did such a great job making a leopard print bag look like a wardrobe staple that I couldn’t help but mention it to you girls.

Her outfit inspired me so much, in fact, that I wanted to talk about another leopard bag that I had mostly ignored until now – the Alexander Wang Millie Leopard Bag. Although I love animal print, I had written it off as too busy and too difficult to fit in to the wardrobe of anyone who doesn’t find themselves constantly wearing solids. I wear so much black that I could see myself using it regularly, but I wasn’t sure that anyone else would find a use for it. Well, I’m no long unsure.

Not only is an animal print bag great if you tend to stick to one color palette, but it can coordinate really well with other patterns as well. Mixing prints is an enormous trend right now, and animal print of any kind is so familiar to most people that it can function as a quasi-neutral against a almost anything – my preference would be something retro-modern and with a warm color palette.

This look will be too bold for many, there’s no doubt about that, but if you’re creative or adventurous, this would be a great way to set yourself apart from the pack. Alexander Wang is the designer of the moment and his leopard pieces are some of the most coveted of the season, so now would be the time to take the plunge. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $875.

  • BLynnT

    I don’t like the shape of this one. It really looks like a bowling ball bag to me. I prefer a bit more interesting or feminine shape for my bags, so I can’t get on board with this one. Can’t get past the shape to even think about the print, unfortunately. (fb)

  • starqueen_78

    Love Love Love!!! I think this has just been added to my need to purchase list!

  • Amy Beth

    I’m not a fan of the shape either. I want a picture of the Rebecca Minkoff bag! Is it the internet blocking pics at work, or are there no pictures in this post? (fb)

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      There’s a post about the RM bag over on PB Savvy, I’m going to link it in this post now that both of them have been published.

      And also, it’s not a work problem, it’s an “Amanda is a moron and screwed up the HTML” problem, but it has been remedied :-)

  • Mochababe73

    I agree about the shape. It’s does look a little bowling bag-esque.
    As far as animal print goes, I wear it almost everyday. It could be shoes, a bag, or even a necklace. I love it. Yesterday I wore a green shirt with leopard print shoes. I would love to have this bag if it were not for the shape. (fb)

  • Loquita

    Love this bag – in fact, I prefer it to the RM leopard print! I think the shape of this one is more classic and simple than the RM bag (which is long and very flat) and thus more wearable/timeless. The materials also look to be of much higher quality…Wang does it again (except, of course, for yesterday’s PVC hiccup).

  • Loquita

    Sorry – I mixed up the bags I was referencing in my previous post – I mistakenly thought we were talking about another RM design, the Loveletter Satchel. That said, I still find the cleaner lines and superior materials of the Wang design more appealing. Animal print can easily be worn everyday, too, especially if the rest of your outfit is based on solids (I wore black and white zebra print shoes yesterday myself!)

  • swags

    I find the leopard print a bit distracting. It seems like so separate from the rest of the bag.
    I agree with others about the shape. Its too oblong or something.

    Overall, not impressed with this one.

  • Valentina

    I don’t usually like animal prints but I love the material, and the color. I get the sense of a problem with the shape and maybe the weight of the bag, how it tends to bend/fold right below the zipper, but I don’t mind, I usually fill my bags completely. (fb)

  • 19yearslater

    Surprisingly, I like this. The black leather looks really nice next to the print. I like the shape, too.

  • Jane

    Too bold for me, but I could see some girls rocking this bag so well that I am jealous I wish I could wear things that have such a stand out voice. (fb)

  • Claire

    I love this bag! I wish there were more modeling pictures around.

  • marian t

    its an ok bag! sorry it didn’t cause me to drool (fb)

  • sofia nolan

    Horrible. And my apologizes for being mean, but I`m never going to understand women that could wear this kind of bags on the street or wherever. I`m not totally against animal prints, but the ones like this….are the ones I despite most. Vulgar. Street like. Ugh!

  • Nikki

    I agree that Wang’s leopard pieces are gorgeous but the shape of this one isn’t winning me over. (fb)

  • Savannah

    Im going to pass on this one (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    I’m not a fan of the leopard print. (fb)

  • turadosapuay

    look like the same bag of my ate.