Alexander McQueen Wicca Velvet-Covered Leather Shoulder Bag, $1365 via Net-a-Porter

Designers seem to be trying to make velvet happen once again for fall, and despite being a child of the 90s and an unashamed fan of the era’s grungy, highly questionable fashion, I’ve been slow to warm to the almost-trend. I remember having velvet T-shirts and dresses too vividly in elementary school for velvet to be an automatic winner in my mind as an adult.

But I’m a McQueen fangirl of the highest order, which means that I’m willing to consider basically anything the brand designs with an open mind. As a result, I might kind of totally love the Alexander McQueen Wicca Velvet-Covered Leather Shoulder Bag. If only I understood exactly what “velvet-covered leather” means.

I’ve been at the whole handbag thing for a few years now, and in that time, I’ve seen almost every leather fabrication that you can think of. I’ve never heard leather be described as velvet-covered, though, and I have a few follow-up questions. Is the velvet somehow applied to the leather, or is it just a leather bag with a panels of velvet over it? Based on the pictures, it seems to be the latter, but I’d love it if someone could figure out how to make the former happen.

Either way, this bag appeals to me a great deal. The velvet is matte and lush, and thankfully it’s not the tacky crushed velvet that some brands have used (hopefully ironically). And you really can’t argue with this explosive shade of pink – heavily textured materials like velvet and suede tend to take rich color better than leather, and the end result is eye-popping. You win again, McQueen. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1365.

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  • rose60610

    The concept is O.K., and the color is pretty, but I can’t think of any material that is higher maintenance. I’d be far too leery of coffee, water, rain, palm sweat, or anything else to come into contact with it. Even though I’m careful with my possessions, this bag is begging for something to bad to happen. And then it’d make you bummed the whole day. However, this bag is so pretty you could frame it.

  • DanielFeng

    I like it actually!
    I loathe velvet, with all my heart (I’m sorry, but I do), because it feels and looks so cheap (in my opinion).
    It reminds me a bit of velour, which I hate.

    The reason I like this bag is because it has succeeded with the task of making velvet less cheap, childish and… sesame street!
    It looks very well made and the color, mixed with the pattern (which was a nice touch BTW) and the fluffy sense blends in well!
    It doesn’t really feel as much of velvet, it feels more like a cheap, more fluffy, version of suede…

  • Musette

    this is beautiful. Scary to maintain – but beautiful!
    xo

  • 19yearslater

    It’s not bad, but I’m wondering why it’s named after a religion. Isn’t that a little disrespectful?

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