Alexander McQueen Faithful Leather ToteA couple of weeks ago, I wrote a rather critical review of the Derek Lam Elsa Python Clutch with which not everyone agreed. And that’s fine; opinions are like…well, nevermind what they’re like! But there’s no bag upon which everyone will agree, and that’s just the nature of the beast.

But I thought it would be an interesting exercise in criticism to find a bag that does right what that clutch does so wrong: asymmetry. And I didn’t have to look for long, because the Alexander McQueen Faithful Leather Tote is full of non-symmetrical goodness that I can definitely appreciate. This tote works better because it appears as though all the details – flaps, zippers, snaps – could serve some sort of functional purpose as well as working as a design element. The trick is to make a bag whose design springs out of the essential elements of a usable bag, and McQueen does a fantastic job of that with this tote. Everything has a purpose, and there’s no random stuff stuck on just to be cute. I’m not an enormous fan of the bag’s squarish shape, but the other elements are done very well, so I can overlook it. Can you? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2295.

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  • tikiandbabu

    This bag is HOT!

  • chloehandbags

    I agree again! :D

    It’s a great looking bag, although (like you), I would prefer a rounder shape and also, personally, a long strap.

  • Ingerid Prebensen

    A great bag!

  • 19yearslater

    That’s a great bag! Fun but also useful.

  • michaelstjames

    usually i go for this aesthetic, but there’s a bit too much going on here!

    http://www.bagpoor.com

  • MizzJ

    I think I could easily be faithful (har har) to this bag! The only imperfection I can see is that I wish the handles had a wider placement than they currently do, which could explain why the shape seems a bit odd right now. It’s a rather delicious bag though!
    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • BOBBIE

    Just saw this at saks with his nuckle clutch… all i have to say is McQueen= genius love the new rocker studded kick ass stuff the designers are coming out with. I do feel like I have seen this shape of bag alot but the execution and details are great!

  • Shana

    Reminds me strongly of a horribly ugly patchwork/zippered denim coat I had in the late 80s. Can the bringing back of the 80s thing just die, already? It. was. not. a. good. time. for. fashion!

  • Merve

    Yes but it does not have a straps/handles/zippers/tassels in a different colour and material than the actualy body of the bag so it can not be compared to the derek lam as asymmetry done well. Im a huge McQ fan but this bag doesnt do it for me at all. Many other designers have done the zips and asymmetry better.

  • Beth

    Brilliant!
    Classic shape, edgy design elements AND I’m sure luscious leather. Love the strap details….AND if you look closely – I’m sure there is plenty of room to have a professional punch more holes for a longer strap length. Hmmmm – wonder if this converts to a tote as well???

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