Even for someone like me who loves all manner of embellishment when it comes to accessories, the endless parade of brights and neons and rhinestones and patterns and fur and feathers and god knows what else can get a little…tiring. It’s like I have fancy fatigue. Amid the cacophonous roar of Spring 2012′s many trends, it’s nice to occasionally get a little bit of a palate cleanser before heading back to maximalism. Today, that palate (palette?) cleanser comes courtesy of Rochas.

Rochas isn’t much of a player in the accessories market, but the French brand’s handbag profile is steadily rising with increased availability at stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks. For some reason, perhaps because spring’s rococo lushness is just now hitting stores, the Rochas Colorblock Leather Tote and Rochas Scalloped Leather Handbag are hitting me just the right way. It takes a certain amount of confidence to make a dove grey and ivory bag and call it “colorblocked” this season when that term usually refers to some combination of neon and cobalt.

But that’s exactly what these designs are – confident, restrained, endlessly elegant. They’re made for people who prefer to be a bit demure instead of all-out flashy. That may not usually be me, but in a season so endlessly filled with stuff, it’s nice to be reminded of the other side of the coin from time to time.


Rochas Scalloped Leather Handbag, $1585 via Neiman Marcus


Rochas Colorblock Leather Tote, $1465 via Neiman Marcus

  • Vibri Wulandari

    Love it!  Minimalist with the scallop accents.
    http://www.chasingruins.com/ 

  • Musette

    these are gorgeous!

  • Fashiondoesntexist

    Too minimalistic for my taste but cool anyway!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Marie Martell

    omg I have Never ever fell in love with a bag… The handbag did it for me.  I can see why you started this blog..

  • Marinaharbor

    Love the tote, the shape is flawless!!

  • Anonymous

    Love them both!

  • 19yearslater

    I like the edges, but not so much them calling a bag that is a couple shades of white ‘color’ blocked.

  • mlle p

    I love love love Rochas but it is owned by Procter and Gamble who I abhor, sadly.  I am not giving money to anyone who tests products on dogs.

  • urbansketch94

    Is it just me, or is the Rochas Scalloped bag a ripoff of the Louis Vuitton Pont-Neuf?  Actually, the Rochas looks better than the Pont-Neuf I think.

  • Anonymous

    I love the Rochas bag, beautiful!  But if you are looking for a more practical day-t-day satchel, check out the white and off-white at http://www.retrosatchels.com and they do not test on animals!!

  • Lorie

    OMG these are so beautiful.. I haven’t clicked through on a post for awhile but I had to do it with this purse.  

  • Snowvixens

    This is perfect. Would so theme this with DVB sunglass and powder blue shift

  • bells

    oohhhh ahhhh preeetty

  • Ellen

    I agree with your appreciation of these Rochas bags. Tried to purchase one via Neiman Marcus but they are not available. Very disappointing. If you know of any other outlet, please let me know?