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.
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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.
Most trends lack real staying power, especially in these times of fast fashion and even faster attention spans. Last week’s studs are this week’s fur and next week’s embroidery, and by the time one set of stuff is in stores, many people are already hungering for what’s up next. One thing that’s stayed noticeably consistent for the past few seasons, though, is bold colorblocking, like on this Valentino Glam Lock Colorblock Flap Bag.
As Resort 2013 collections start to roll into online retailers for pre-order, it’s easier to get an idea of what’s going on with each brand. For Reed Krakoff, blue is going to be huge, in nearly all of its imaginable shades. On the other hand, for Valentino, the major theme seems to be pretty. Pretty beading, pretty rhinestones, pretty colors, pretty shapes.
I’m so happy the weather has been cooling down and the seasons are changing. This is my absolute favorite time of year, right before it gets too cold. I love the transitional clothing that comes with the autumn. New York City has been pretty good to us recently with the weather, and this weekend the temps will be in the 60 and 70s and a bit overcast.
Isn’t it wonderful how the Valentino has evolved since the brand changed hands from Valentino himself to current creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli in 2008? The brand had always been flawlessly feminine under Monsieur Valentino, of course, but after a few post-transition hiccups on the way to greatness, Chiuri and Piccioli have turned it into something altogether lighter, more youthful.
There are few things I love more than the color black. I wear it all summer, I’ve been known to dye my hair jet black, and when I was a little kid going to kindergarten orientation, I told my school counselor that my favorite color was black, much to the embarrassment of my mother. (Apparently, I didn’t get the memo that little girls are supposed to love pink.) If you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, you also know that Megs and I are huge fans of the entire Valentino Rockstud line.
You know, there’s something thrilling about coming across bags that fall into the pre-order category. Now don’t get me wrong, anything that is pre-order can also make my eye twitch while simultaneously making me want to pull out my hair. Regardless of the emotional roller coaster, I always spend time looking at pre-order items. And friends, that is exactly what I did yesterday.
Over the past few seasons, my opinion on Valentino’s handbag line has varied widely. At the beginning of the Rockstud era, I was dubious. Fashion had just finished up a period where nearly everything you could imagine was covered with studs, and rehashing that seemed like the last thing anyone wanted to see. Valentino held on to the motif, though, and now it seems not only fresher than it ever has, but it’s become a brand signature; something uniquely Valentino in its rough-feminine hybrid to which no other brand can lay claim.
Even if you’re not looking to pre-order full price handbags six months before they come out, Moda Operandi is a great resource, particularly when both resort and pre-fall collections are starting to debut for editors. Those collections tend to keep the majority of their handbags from public view, but because MO often carries accessories pre-orders soon after a collection is shown to editors and buyers, it allows everyone a glimpse at what’s to come, even if you’re not interested in purchasing immediately.