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.
Valentino Handbags and Purses
Bag: Valentino B-Rockstud Shoulder Bag
Price: $3,375 via mytheresa.com
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Valentino’s ability to find new ways to put studs on traditional, ladylike bag shapes never ceases to impress me. This one doesn’t scream the designer’s name immediately, which is great for anyone weary of Rockstuds.
On the strength of its Rockstud bags, Valentino has become a major player in the accessories industry in a relatively short amount of time. Now that the Rockstud has transitioned from trend darling to a potential classic, though, the brand has taken on the task of slowly moving customers on to the next things.
Valentino’s heavily printed Spring 2015 were among the best of the entire runway season, and now the bags, in addition to some of their solid leather runway counterparts, are available for purchase for the first time. At Neiman Marcus, a selection of the bags (plus some new, off-the-runway colors of Valentino Rockstud favorites) are now available for pre-order, with actual delivery coming before May 7.
You love celebs. You really love round-ups. So now, in lieu of our usual daily celeb features, we’ll be presenting our readers with a twice-weekly bag-carrying celeb smorgasbord. There’s something for everyone, so if you suffer from Kardashian fatigue, or Real Housewife fatigue, or Birkin fatigue (highly scientific studies show that they are all irrevocably linked), there are plenty of other attractive celebs carrying gorgeous designer bags upon which to rest your gaze.
Valentino’s uber-popular Rockstud bags have enjoyed a longer tenure toward the top of consumers’ wish lists than most brands can ever dream of, and there’s little indication that buyers’ love for the bags will wane any time soon. The brand’s seasonal takes on the bag often disappear from shelves especially quickly, so now that pre-orders for the brand’s rainbow-colored 1973 (that’s the stripes) and Psychedelic Camo (you can figure this one out) lines are available at Bergdorf Goodman, you might want to jump on them.
Any brand would be thrilled to have a line with as much success and longevity as the Valentino Rockstud bags and shoes; the styles have been remade in endless variations since they debuted nearly four years ago, and consumer desire for Rockstuds seems to be going nowhere.