Valentino Resort 2014 Handbags (15)

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.

Valentino Rockstud Rouge

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.

Valentino Glam Lock Crystal Shoulder Bag

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.

Valentino Rockstud Terry Richardson Ad Campaign

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.

Perfect Pairs Melissa Odabash and Valentino

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.

Lisa Vanderpump carries a Valentino Embroidered Flower Tote in LA (3)

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.

Jessica Alba carries a Valentino Tonal Leather Filigree Tote in white on Easter Sunday (5)

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.

Valentino Fall 2013 Handbags (3)

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.

Cheryl Burke carries a red Valentino Rockstud Leather Tote at The Grove in LA (2)

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.

Valentino Rockstud Naked VaVaVoom Shoulder 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.

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