Drawstrings are totally the thing right now. It seems like every designer is trying to incorporate into their bags in some way, but let’s be clear: just because drawstrings are trendy doesn’t mean every bag needs one. Sometimes adding in a drawstring for no reason seriously screws up a bag’s lines and structure, which looks to be the problem with the Valentino Sequined Satchel.

Normally, when you put the words “Valentino” and “sequins” in the same phrase, you can go ahead and sign me up for the bag – nine times out of ten, I’ll love it. This particular bag, however, is that tenth time. The drawstring makes the design look oddly flat and circular, like it could be used as an enormous, luxurious frisbee if it were only a bit more rigid. What’s worse is that the vortex pattern of the sequins (they claim it’s a rose – looks like a vortex to me) seems to indicate that they intended the bag to look like that.

Fortunately for the bag, the sequined pannel is actually quite lovely. The subtle pattern gives the bag a luxurious feel, and such close attention to detail is characteristics of the brands better bags. If it was just the sequined pannel and regular side gussets, I’d probably be giving this tote a passing grade.

But the weird end parts can’t be ignored. They’re oddly wide, which is a problem in and of itself, but they’re also pulled in at the top by a completely unnecessary drawstring, which gives the bag its odd, disc-like shape. It would have been marginally better without the drawstring and light years better without the side panels at all. Buy through Saks for $2620.

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  • Supermaxoroni

    People these days are weighed down with so much baggage and responsiblity that all of our ugly is busty out the seems of our pretty little frames and becoming a huge distraction from our beauty as people, or at least that is what this bag says to me. It seems to be more of an artistic statement than a useful tote.

  • mochababe73

    I looked at the bag on Saks, and I wasn’t impressed. It looks weird and would probably look weird on the body after one would put all of their stuff in it. I don’t even understand the drawstring and if they are functional.

  • Sofia Nolan

    terrible color and terrible design. I have nothing against kaki but this one looks like it`s impossible to wear

  • gacats

    Yuckers. (fb)

  • Merve

    I have to see it in person…oddly i quite like it despite the weirdo shape. Its different.

  • chloehandbags

    I actually really like the overall shape of the bag and the drawstring and I love the sequinned panel and the colours.

    What I don’t think works, though, is the mean-looking, thin, too-close-together handles; they just don’t gel with the rest of the bag, IMO and throw-off the whole design.

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