There seem to be two distinct things going on with Valentino’s Resort 2014 Handbags, which are available for just-off-the-runway pre-order via Moda Operandi through July 1. First, the brand seems to be experimenting with a bit of a toned-down “heritage” look; simple, somewhat traditional shoulder bags and totes in tan and navy where the quality and grain of the leather is the main attraction, plus a few conservatively striped shoulder bags in woven textiles.
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You haven’t seen me around for a while, and that’s because I am having a love affair with Italy. Vlad and I have been here for about a week, and everytime I come back, I fall in love even more deeply. There is a certain magic that comes to life when you wander the streets at night, and last week after one of our LUISAVIAROMA events (much more to come on that later!), I took off my heels, put on my flats, and wandered the glistening city streets of Florence.
I’ve always been a bit of a magpie. I’ve probably owned more pairs of silver shoes than black in my adult life, I’m prone to buying costume jewelry that doesn’t fit my personal style just because it’s so fun and crystal-covered that I need to have it in my possession, I own a shameful tube of glitter eye-liner. We all have our crosses to bear.
The great thing about the Valentino Rockstud Bags (and shoes, of course) is that they’ve always walked a nice line between tough and pretty. Because we’re talking about Valentino, though, it’s the “pretty” part that’s always been played up – until now. Yesterday, Valentino revealed that not only did bad boy photographer Terry Richardson shoot the Valentino Fall 2013 accessories ad campaign, but he also stars in it.
I just got back from a relaxing and very sunshine-filled vacation to Florida and the Bahamas, and while New York weather isn’t quite cooperating, I still have poolside lounging on my mind. I’m waiting for the weather up here to catch up to what I just left, and while it’s a bit chilly and rainy outside as I write this, I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to the tropics.
Are you experiencing a little designer bag deja vu? Here’s Lisa Vanderpump, once again exiting Dancing With the Stars rehearsals in LA with a fab designer bag in tow. Last week we spotted her with the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Sequins Bag, and this week she’s carrying the Valentino Embroidered Flower Tote. This particularly charming, embroidered Valentino bag is an older design that’s no longer available online, but you can shop Valentino via Net-a-Porter.
Jessica Alba definitely brought her Easter finest to a little Sunday family shindig in LA, and I’m not referring to those baggy trousers or that sherbet hued blazer. She’s flaunting a brand new, not-yet-available-to-the-public Valentino Tonal Leather Filigree Tote, which just made its debut on the runway a few weeks ago in Paris. Jessica is one of the first people in the world to get it in her A-list mitts; the rest us will have to sit on our hands (and our credit cards) until this tote hits stores, most likely in late summer.
At this point, most handbag lovers know what to expect from Valentino: classic femininity, but not in a way that’s saccharine or old-fashioned. There’s definite modernity to Valentino’s Fall 2013 handbags in particular, which are currently available for pre-order at Moda Operandi. There, you’ll find no sweet pastels or floral motifs, which have at times characterized the brand’s popular bags.
Here’s Cheryl Burke, dance partner to the stars, carrying an eye-popping bright red Valentino Rockstud Dome Satchel at The Grove in LA. Cheryl was on her way to a taping of Extra, where she undoubtedly plugged Dancing With The Stars, now in its 16th season.
You’ve probably noticed our SLIGHT obsession with everything Valentino rockstud here on PurseBlog – so as you can imagine, we’re all big fans of this lady-like, yet sublimely rock-n-roll bag.
We discussed whether or not clear bags are purely a novelty a couple of weeks ago, and now there’s a new player in this trend that won’t be ignored, even if you can see right through its bags: Valentino. (Har har har, I know, bad joke. They’re not all winners.) The Valentino Rockstud Naked Bags (and shoes!) are a good deal more expensive than their quirky-contemporary counterparts in the clear bag trend, but the price comes with an unparalleled level of sophistication.