Diane von Furstenberg 440 Mini Leather Shoulder Bag

Handbag transitions can be hard. Not only do colors change from season to season, but so do textures and shapes. All three of those elements combine to give a bag its overall feel, and finding a finished product that can straddle two seasons is no small feat, especially when you don’t have an unlimited handbag budget.

Diane von Furstenberg Spring Bags at Saks

Spring might not quite have sprung outside (at least in New York – you may be luckier than we are), but it has definitely sprung inside Saks Fifth Avenue, circa the Diane von Furstenberg handbags. DVF’s spring bags have arrived in stores and online, and with materials ranging from raffia to lizard-embossed leather, they’re just the thing to get you through the seasonal transition and onto the right track for the weather ahead.

440 Top Handle Embossed Lizard Leather, Deep Cherry-Crimson-Black

Last week, Megs and I had the pleasure of previewing the clothes, shoes and handbags from Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2013, and we’re excited to be able to give you a look at the collection’s full handbag line today – think of it as our early Christmas present to you!

Diane von Furstenberg Gracie Eclipse Snake Clutch

Today is one of those really nasty and gross days. You know the kind; they suck out any motivation you might have had to be productive. These kind of days are the ones that encourage staying in, watching a movie (preferably a great RomCom, obviously) and ordering in dinner.

Diane von Furstenberg transitioned so flawlessly into the world of handbags that every designer trying to follow suit should take note. Not only did DvF bags quickly gather attention from department stores and shoppers alike, but they’re also easy to spot on the streets of New York.

Diane von Furstenberg Elaine Shoulder Bag, $650 via Net-a-Porter.

When we talk about bags around here, we usually show one shot: The exterior. That’s what attracts almost everyone to a bag in the first place, not to mention that most retailers aren’t as thorough as our beloved Net-a-Porter when it comes to photographing a bag’s ever facet.

I’ve already explained how much I love Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall 2011 Handbags, but with the advent of some more detailed stock photos to add to the conversation, I feel like it bears repeating: These bags (and the huge selection of clutches in particular) are genuinely quite good, and at a more reasonable price point than many brands with such a well-known name offer.

It takes any handbag line a couple of seasons after launch to find its true voice, but being the industry veteran that she is, Diane von Furstenberg’s accessories collection seems to have found its niche in record time. The brand had a breakout hit with the Stephanie in its first season and has continued to produce well-priced favorites since then, but of all the choices, DVF’s Harper bags have always been my favorites.

It’s an exciting time to be interested in fashion. Most sartorial rules have been relaxed to the point of nonexistence, and as long as you look confident and cool in whatever you’re wearing, someone out there will think it’s brilliant. Perhaps one of the only exceptions that I can think of is wearing stark white in winter – ivory or winter white is fine, but graphic white is still left almost exclusively for warmer climates.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s handbag lines tend to be very taste-specific, which is something I can appreciate, even if it means I don’t love every handbag that the company produces. Many contemporary lines choose to err on the side of blandness in order to appeal to a broader audience and grow their business, but since DVF is already an extremely well-known label, it can produce risker options like the Diane Von Furstenberg Harper Cube Day bag.

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