At first glance, I didn’t even see the little white wings on the Bally Rachele Two-Tone Leather Tote – against a white background, they all but disappear into the scenery. Turned sideways, though, their effect is unmissable and perhaps a little awkward. Does anyone but me feel like this bag is wearing a nun’s habit?

That’s probably just me, but the white wings coming off the sides of this bag have me confused. I love a crisp, neutral bag with contrasting trim, as we all know, but the implementation of the trim in this particular design makes me want to grab on and give it a tug. Or maybe try and push it back into the bag, like it’s stuffing that has come undone. Either way, it looks like all the white stuff is sticking out where it’s not quite supposed to be.

I’m a bit disappointed, because I quite liked the simplicity of this bag until I saw the trim. A work-appropriate neutral tote is something that most women will find a need for at some point in their lives, and this one is sharp enough for even the most male-dominated office environment. Without the white stuff tacked on, that is. And really, “tacked on” is the only way to describe it. The trim isn’t part of the bag’s structure at all, it merely sits around the outside, just waiting to get crushed on a too-crowded subway car or during an awkward fall off of a chair at a restaurant. With some pruning, this could be a wonderful design. As it is, I’ll pass. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1395.

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  • putri

    i think it looks really pretty. accepted little twist is fine.

  • Max

    it looks a lot like Celine Luggage

    • nappy

      just what i was thinking!! and the weird white contrast thing, makes me think of white shoulder pads on a black dress.. almost perfect but tried too hard

  • FashionFanboy

    I’m sorry, but this isn’t my cup of tea.
    I like the idea, and the silhoutte (and those lovely handles), but the white “things” just seems so forced into it. It seems like they finished an entirely black bag and then just sew on an extra decoration…
    I love it when things get contrasted, but this is just too… off

    • Britty

      completely agree. The idea is a good one and the bag is almost gorgeous. If it was just standard white trim (and not sticking out like that) then I think it would be a fantastic bag.

  • Lulugurl

    I really liked it at first but now the more I look at it the more I don’t like the white bit…it does look a bit “stuck on”.

  • Seejayluvsbags

    The leather is beautiful but I’m quite tired of the boxy structured look. And the white trim is unnecessary.

  • edoardo

    I do love this bag, is so so so so chic and elegant!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • rose60610

    Normally I love B&W. This bag looks like the white was stuck on as an afterthought and looks out of place.

  • MizzJ

    Spot on review Amanda. Great theory, terrible execution.

    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • 19yearslater

    It reminds me of sports pants, with a white stripe or two running down the side. No, thanks.

  • Maggie

    I would like it better without those white things on the sides…

  • Mochababe73

    I like the bag as is. It looks luxurious.

  • Cathy Fitz

    The bag is beautiful and classic, and white trim could look great, but that looks like someone stuck their work folders into the sides and they don’t fit.

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