Valentino Intricate Soutache Tote

When a brand has a standout hit like Valentino has with its Rockstud bags and shoes, it can be hard for the average consumer to look beyond that and notice the depth of the brand’s offerings. Balenciaga often has that issue – everyone loves the Motorcycle Bags, and because they became so synonymous with what a Balenciaga bag will look like, some great pieces tended to get pushed to the margins and left relatively unappreciated.

Valentino now available at Intermix

Have you ever noticed that Valentino bags can get a little scarce sometimes? And not just the special, seasonal designs either – the regular Rockstud bags in standard colors, which have been available in basically the same iterations for what seems like an eternity, often take a bit of maneuvering to locate in a particular color or size.

Kyle Richards carried an embroidered black Valentino Rockstud Tote in LA (5)

It’s been a surprisingly long time since we featured a Real Housewife as our bag-loving celeb du jour. In an effort to restore a sense of balance to the blog/universe, we present to you Kyle Richards, carrying an eye-catching embroidered Valentino Rockstud Trapeze Tote in Beverly Hills.

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.

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