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If you remember Valentino’s Spring 2016 collection, the brand sent bags with African detailing down the runway. The bags were intricate and ornate, and for Fall 2016 the accessories follow suit, but this time with a much different theme in mind.

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Valentino has an enviable thing: a bag line so beloved that it doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel every season. For Resort 2017, though, the brand charts the most new bag territory we’ve seen from it in a while, clearly in search of a way forward from the Rockstud staples that have sustained it for years.

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Today marks the first of many Shoe Guides to come, and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than Valentino‘s signature Rockstud. Like the Ultimate Bag Guides you know and love, our Shoe Guide follows a similar format; below, we’ll highlight important buying information like pricing, fit and style comparisons.

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In the Rockstud’s relatively short life, it’s been worked and reworked in what seems like a million different ways. Crystals, camouflage, butterflies, stripes, leopard, red studs, black studs, pastel studs: those are just the versions that popped into my head while typing.

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Lately, it’s become trendy for fashion designers to eschew what seasonal fashion traditionally means. Brands are still releasing collections based on the industry’s seasonal delivery calendar, but instead of those collections being totally distinct from what comes before and after, the creative heads of massive international brands have instead taken to “wardrobing,” and Valentino was among the very first to adopt the tactic.

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As celebrity fashion endorsements go, Jennifer Lawrence’s partnership with Dior is one of Hollywood’s most high-profile; the French brand got in on the ground floor, so to speak, and it has dressed Jennifer for nearly every high-profile occasion in her meteoric rise to the A List.

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Several months ago, we brought you news of Fendi’s Resort 2016 strap line, and if you missed it, it’s more or less exactly what it sounds like: statement-making handbag straps, many embellished or finished with exotic leathers, that customers can add to their existing bags for around $1,000.

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Iconic superhero characters from the world’s most popular comic books seem to have seeped their way into almost every corner of pop culture over the past few years, and if movies, TV shows, ever-expanding Comic Cons weren’t enough for you, Valentino‘s superhero-themed totes will give you a decidedly luxurious way to cosplay for Resort 2016.

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Cultural appropriation in fashion is a super hot topic in the industry at the moment. Partly because the Internet has opened fashion criticism up beyond just the elite, brands are getting called out for their “borrowing” in situations when they wouldn’t have been criticized in the past, and not all of them have figured out solid ways to navigate it.

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For most brands, a distinctive, successful line of shoes or bags can be expected to remain popular for only a couple of years before it needs to be moved to the back burner in favor of what the brand hopes will be its Next Big Thing.

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By now, we know two things to expect from any Valentino collection: the detailing is going to be incredibly rich and intricate, and you’re going to find some studs here and there. The Valentino Resort 2016 bag collection is heavier on the former than the latter, but it’s still pure, unadulterated Valentino.

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