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. Instead, Valentino has pared things down, and the results are quite interesting.

The stars of the line are the large work totes, some of which have a leather-on-leather filagree pattern, others of which feature studs at their corners in a nod to the Rockstud line. There’s a simplicity of form to these bags that’s undeniably appealing, and although I don’t personally feel the same pull for the line’s day clutches with leather hand slips (which are customizable with your initials), they’re a thoroughly modern option for sure. Check out our favorites below or shop the full lineup at Moda Operandi through March 24.

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. (In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Megs already has it stashed somewhere in her collection.) You can buy a slightly darker red version of this satchel for $1,995 at Nordstrom. Tell us, PB readers – are rockstuds all the rage in your neck of the woods?

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. If you doubted that clear PVC could be elegant, Valentino begs to differ.

These bags are gorgeously designed, but naturally, they present the same challenges as any other see-through bag, no matter the price point. How do you use the bag as a functional piece without ruining the extremely spare lines of the design? Does carrying a clear bag of this taste level require a brand new wallet, cell phone case and key ring for continuity? Does anyone want to see my grubby, color-transfered wallet that I bought when I was still in college? Would I besmirch this bag with it anyway? Before you buy one of these bags, make sure you’ve got a plan. Luckily, the equally lust-worth Valentino Rockstud Naked Shoes don’t present quite as many functional quandaries.

Most of the collection has yet to arrive in stores, but you can buy the Valentino Rockstud Naked Glam Lock Shoulder Bag for $1,795 in Neiman Marcus. Several styles of shoes are also available via Neiman Marcus. Check out more pieces below.

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A few seasons ago, Valentino was synonymous with bows, but that all took a change when the brand introduced its Rockstud collection; now the brand that signifies femininity and elegance also provides just the right amount of edge. I’m the definition of a Valentino Rockstud girl because I turn to well-made items but also like a little spunk, and since the inception, this line has spoken to me. We may still be surrounded by winter and cold weather, but this week I’m warming myself up with the right amount of color and Rockstud everything. I want to start my spring off with tonal rockstuds in all of my favorite designs, along with some spunky shoes, from Valentino. No better way to dream of all of these fabulous items than to play with them, photograph them, and feel like they are mine.

Shop Valentino via Neiman Marcus.

I’ve been a longtime Valentino fan, and since the brand hit handbag paydirt with its Rockstud collection, it’s been fun to watch how the accessories continue to evolve. When I first heard the news that the brand would release a camouflage collection, I immediately felt excitement. The first release of the Valentino Camouflage is a men’s collection, with women’s to follow.

Tons of designers are sending camo down the runway for their Fall 2013 collections (like Michael Kors, for example) and it seems Valentino is ahead of the curve. True to the exquisite designs the house is known for, Valentino utilizes a famouglage technique that’s obtained from laser-cut leather, which is then heat sealed and printed for an army effect. The final products are edgy and energizing, with a color palette ranging from green, camel, blue, black, grey and ivory with splashes of rust, red and acid green.

From small accessories to messenger-style bags to clothing, the array of items in the line offers something for the man in your life. I love a good camo piece, and seeing a brand known for refined, elegant styles adding a little spunk to its repertoire is always exciting. The big news is if you are in NYC, you need to head to Jeffrey RIGHT now – the Camouflage Collaboration is exclusively available at Jeffrey. That ends after today, February 20th. If you miss it, don’t worry, there is plenty to follow!

Have you ever taken one look at a collection at handbags and thought that somehow, the designer is listening to your thoughts and plotting to make you and you alone spend all of your money on bags? It doesn’t happen often, but that’s what I felt as soon as I saw the bags from Valentino Pre-Fall 2013, which is up for pre-sale at Moda Operandi through February 3. Black-on-black embellishments, ruby studs, black-and-ruby leopard print calf hair – we’re speaking my language here.

The collection includes the Rockstud, VaVaVoom and Glam Lock shapes and details that we’ve come to expect from Valentino, but for pre-fall, they’re done in a darkly glamourous, very limited palette that evokes the idea of a femme fatale. It’s very different than the sweetly feminine looks that the brand favors for warm-weather collections, but Valentino finds a way to make the two moods feel like opposite sides of the same coin. Check out the bags in our slideshow below or head straight to Moda Operandi to pre-order both bags and shoes.

Today we have Lisa Vanderpump (of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules) on her way in to castmate Brandi Glanville’s book party for Drinking & Tweeting (aka the story of my life) in Beverly Hills. Her blindingly beautiful (almost literally) bag is none other than the Valentino Glam Lock Large Shoulder Bag. We were excited to see these pics, because we’ve never seen this Valentino bag in such a mondo size. You might have to have Lisa Vanderpump-esque connections to get your hands on this one, but a small version with a different crystal design can be obtained at Neiman Marcus for $2895.

Have you been watching and enjoying Lisa’s RHOBH spin-off? I’ve only been seeing the really awful clips that Joel McHale and Whitney Cummings make fun of on E! Is the rest of the show more redeemable?

Fortunately for everyone who loves handbags, Valentino has been absolutely killing it lately. The Rockstud collection is as popular as ever, the new bags that come out every season are somehow more covetable than the ones that came before them, and the brand seems to have really found its overall aesthetic stride. Valentino looks very Valentino lately, and that’s a wonderful thing. (more…)

Season after season, without fail, Valentino has adorned leather bags great and small with the tiny silver pyramids known affectionately as Rockstuds. Sometimes they’re just an accent, sometimes they take up the whole bag, but they’re always there, and until recently, they were always the same. For fall, Valentino Noir introduced us to a darker side of the girlish look, and now spring brings with it the exact opposite – lemony enamel studs on matching pastel leather.

Sweet pastels feel like a natural fit for the ultra-feminine Valentino aesthetic, and a change in both color and texture is a smart way to both extend that aesthetic and extend the life of the Rockstud brand by making the bags feel continually new. This particular bag would be a perfect option for early spring, when it just starts to get consistently warm and flowers are starting to bloom. We made the case yesterday for yellow as a huge warm-weather trend for 2013, and this bag would be a great way to start that off.

Do you like the enamel-covered studs, or would you prefer your yellow Valentino bag with silver accents? If you prefer the enamel, watch out – it comes with a price increase attached. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $4,095.

PB readers, we’ve heard your “NO MORE BIRKINS” cries, and we’re happy to oblige! (Though honestly, we should all demand the same from our celebrities. We get it, you can all afford $10K bags!) Here’s Jennifer Lopez clutching her man Casper Smart with one hand and a sexy Valentino Noir VaVaVoom Flap Bag with the other. (They’re making their exit from Madeo in Beverly Hills, where they dined last week.) This bag can be yours forever if you snap it up for $2,395 at Neiman Marcus.

When I think “VaVaVoom”, I’m generally not thinking of something that’s shaped like a rectangle, but I think the name works well for this luxe Valentino bag, with that sumptuous Napa leather and those pyramid crystal studs. Just wait until that metal chain strap comes off – you won’t be able to take your hands off it. (No, you literally won’t be able to, because it converts to a clutch.)

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