Here’s everyone’s teenage celebrity sweetheart Elle Fanning, leaving paparazzi-magnet Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills and carrying a precious little Valentino Rockstud Mini Crossbody Bag. This dainty crossbody is the perfect complement to her lacy mini dress and blank ankle boots. (Is it inappropriate to have a girl crush on a 15 year old? Probably.) You can get a Mini in a similar color with fewer studs for $1,495 at Neiman Marcus.
Valentino Handbags and Purses
We’ve spoken a bit about Valentino’s aggressive love for neons, but the Valentino VaVaVoom Neon Crystal Shoulder Bag may be the clearest indication yet that someone in the brand’s accessories department may have eaten too many magic mushrooms before conceptualizing the Spring 2014 accessories collection. At $3,095 via Net-a-Porter, this bag has a pretty steep price tag for something that skews so youthful.
Here’s Miranda Kerr, donning a fetching, all-black designer ensemble in what is undoubtedly some of the nastiest weather we’ve had in NYC in several years, solely for the purpose of getting her hair done. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. (Meanwhile, the rest of New York is wearing puffy jackets, three layers of pants, beanies and rubber boots.
After two back-to-back pregnancies, Jessica Simpson has finally stepped away from the nappies and back into the public eye in a big way, as of the past few weeks. Here she is leaving her NYC hotel (and looking pretty amazing, I might add) with a black Valentino Rockstud Trapeze Tote. She’s also wearing a pair of black-on-black capped toe Saint Laurent Janis Pumps.
Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri welcomed 2014 from the tropical climes of Miami, Florida, last week. Here’s Katie musing over a curious text by the pool in Miami with her Valentino Rockstud Camo Tote close at hand. Katie actually carried this tote throughout most of her Miami vacay, and not just by the pool. You can pick up your own napa leather camo Valentino Bag at Neiman Marcus for $2,295.
When I first laid eyes on the RED Valentino Embroidered Quilted Shoulder Bag, I felt confused. Surely the brand was marked incorrectly; this design has every bit as much detailing as you’d expect from a full-fledged Valentino bag, and it has the same refined, utterly ladylike look. I felt even more confused when I saw the price. Less than $500?
“Borrowing from the boys” is an idea referenced often in fashion magazines and blogs, and usually it boils down to buying some sort of fancy, feminized version of a menswear look – a women’s tuxedo, a pair of loafers or brogues, a bag inspired by a traditional briefcase. Because bags don’t have to fit your body or feet, though, borrowing from the boys can be a bit more literal; just go on over to the men’s department and pick up whatever you like.
As of late, Valentino’s aesthetic has been very specific: a whole lot of ladylike, a little bit of edgy and totally luxurious. The formula has worked like few have in the same time period; the brand’s Rockstud bags and shoes have become favorites of everyone from high-powered Conde Nast editors to burgeoning personal style bloggers, and the relatively few permutations of the look have remained popular for seasons on end; no small feat in the increasingly fast-paced, Internet-saturated world of fashion.
Personalization is huge in the handbag world right now and I am thrilled about it. We all have our own personal tastes when it comes to the bags we carry, and we also have our own initials to mark them with. A couple of brands have offered personalization services on some of their bags and accessories for several seasons, and now Valentino is getting in on the game with their highly coveted and super sleek Valentino MOC Clutch.
During Paris Fashion Week, we didn’t have a chance to give you guys an in-depth look at the bags that graced the Valentino Spring 2014 runway – we only have so many hours in the workday, and Paris is a nearly nonstop onslaught of things deserving of those hours. Now that the Moda Operandi pre-sale has come and gone (sadly), though, I’m glad we held off – MO provided a more complete and detailed look at the bags, and they are definitely deserving of it.