In case you haven’t noticed (but I bet you have, we’re blessed with smart readers), python is sort of a thing for Fall 2011. It’s almost staggering how many accessories designers managed to have the exact same thought at the exact same time, and the powers that be at Valentino absolutely got the memo. Valentino Fall 2011 is chock full of exotics in traditional shapes, and if you don’t like that, the brand would also like to offer you the largest wristlets known to man.

While the boxy colorblocked crocodile options caught my attention immediately, as did the multicolored python satchel, I’m not feeling the rush of excitement that I usually get when I look at a collection that I know will give me endless joy over the next six months. These bags are an improvement over last season’s Valentino runway for sure, but they’re missing a bit of magic. Close, but no cigar.

Photos via Vogue.com.

  • Lulugurl

    Beautiful bags…for some reason I am really enjoying all the embossed leather this year!

  • ninjaninja

    Oooo…work bags…

  • Mochababe73

    Maybe #6 and the huge wrist bags.
    I think that maybe I like the previous Valentino handbags better. This collection is not doing anything for me.

  • Austinmamadrama

    Gucci has a dark green python bag that I’m wavering on, but these are impressive!

  • Millie

    Usually I love Valentino’s bags, but something about this collection falls a little flat to me. It’s on-trend and classic, sure, but something about it also looks… old. I like the art deco elements, but the collection feels too dark for my tastes.

  • 19yearslater

    Snake skin on ladylike classic bag shapes make this collection a no from me.

  • Pam

    Love 6.

  • Chels K

    I like almost all of them but #9 is really calling my name. Rich looking and simple.

  • KaylaNiche

    Don’t care for these :(

  • Cathy Fitz

    Beautiful leather and color, but why are all these so impractical? They’re either too small to be used to carry anything, or enormous clutches that would be hard to carry. I like my purses to look great, but they have to be useful at the same time.

  • Krista

    Like #9

  • iDalis De Leon

    Oh My Lord FINALLY…listen up ladies..these bags are it! Finally no more stupid Ho-BO Bags…Functional..who the hell said fashion was freakin functional..yes traditional..so happy we have come to our senses and are going retro..the best purses made since chanel’s famours chain link purse..LOVE THIS COLLECTION.. F_A_BU_FUCKENLOUS! LOVE!!