I’ve never liked admitting when I’m wrong about something, but when that something turns out to be a thing I enjoy that I had originally hated, that softens the blow a little bit. When it comes to handbags, the first things on that list are the Valentino Rockstud Bags.
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When Valentino puts out some kind of specialized version of its wildly popular Rockstud bags, shoppers work themselves into a lather. The seasonal lines, like all-black and crystal-covered camo, sell out without fail, and if you wait too long or waste time praying for a sale, you’re generally out of luck.
Valentino is on quite the run. For a brand that didn’t have much in the way of an accessory business as recently as ten years ago, the seemingly endless success of the brand’s Rockstuds and beyond would make an excellent case study for any designer trying to figure out how to capture the hearts and minds of high-end handbag lovers who have tons of options.
Bag: Valentino Butterfly Camouflage Easy Tote
Price: $3,395 via Neiman Marcus
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Valentino had incredible success with colorful camouflage bags in seasons past, but for fall, the brand is putting its own ultra-feminine spin on the traditionally masculine concept.
Nicky Hilton recently attended the NYC screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in a Scandinavian springtime-themed dress from Valentino Spring 2014, and she carried a crimson red Valentino Scarab Finger Clutch from the same collection. (Have you noticed that Nicky Hilton gets an invite to every single NYC movie premiere?
Here’s Katie Holmes, walking to the Dangerous Liaisons pilot set in NYC with her Valentino Camouflage Rockstud Trapeze Tote. (Yes, Katie Holmes is returning to TV, after nearly a decade! Rejoice!) Katie has a strange affinity for the camo and Rockstud combo, we saw her with the strikingly similar Valentino Rockstud Camo Tote back in January.
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.