Valentino Patent alligator shoulder bag at THEOUTNET.COM 361441_in_xl

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 Rockstud Tote

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.

Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart were seen leaving Madeo Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA

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.

Valentino Glam Rock Colorblock Flap Bag

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.

Valentino-Resort-2013

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.

How Id Wear Valentino Rockstud Bag

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.

Valentino Spring 2013 Handbags (18)

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.

Valentino Noir (4)

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.

Valentino Girello Flap Shoulder Bag

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.

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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.