Ladies and gentlemen, you might want to make sure there are no Valentino fanatics in the room when you look at this bag, because frankly, it is beyond appalling.

Similar to my view on people, I like to find the good in handbags. Even when a certain bag has missed the mark, I do my best to point out the positive features while making note and keeping in mind the flaws. However, I have very few positives to point out with this Valentino creation. But, like so many bad bags that could have been good, this one had potential; but any potential it had has been completely lost and forgotten with the hideous ruffles. You’ll see what I am talking about after the jump, but, remember, I warned you!


So here it is, the Valentino Rouch Fringed Leather Hobo. Are you gasping like I did or are you loving it? The funny thing is that I actually began writing about this bag the other day and I am finishing it today – and it is now sold out. So, as you can probably predict, I am basically speechless. I don’t know how this bag could be sold out. But now, onto the bag.

The designers behind this had not only the best intentions but also a spot on vision. If you can look passed the ruffles, which I realize is hard to do, you will find a really fabulous bag. The silver laser-cut fringing actually reminds me of the Burberry Prorsum Medium Osprey Leather, which I still love. The laser-cut fringing is a feature I truly admire. However, it is hard to appreciate when all you can really notice is the oversized ruffles. I see absolutely no purpose – not for function nor fashion. This bag is lined with black satin which I appreciate. But, unfortunately the ruffles did so much damage that I can’t really even begin to think about appreciating the rest of the bag. If you disagree, cross your fingers and perhaps Net-a-Porter will restock, at $2880 a piece.

  • reneeo

    Gasp!! OMG! I’m speechless too. (Who would’ve bought this?)

  • BLynnT

    UGH! Shannon, you are totally on point with this review. They totally missed that mark. I can’t imagine any person (or any outfit) who wouldn’t look totally overwhelmed by this bag… (fb)

  • Emily

    Way. Too. Much. Happening. Holy cow. I could never do this one! (fb)

  • LaToya

    Its cute to me. I would carry I love the details.

  • Gelynn

    Sorry it’s a bit too much for me. I’m sure other people will like it though. (fb)

  • Sabina

    I think it’s kinda cute, in a look-at-me way! (fb)

  • Ashley

    I like it…. Very cute for a night out on the town.

  • mochababe73

    If they removed the chicken arms, then I would buy the bag. As it is? No way.

  • Stacy

    I thought that silver stuff was tinsle fro a Christmas tree until I read your review. The designer just didn’t know when to quit. What’s the old adage…always remove one thing before leaving the “design house”. They should of headed that warning and removed the ruffles. (imvho). (fb)

  • CC

    Ick! Totally missed the mark (fb)

  • Jennifer

    Wow. Sold out. Hmmm….Wow. Love Valentino, but it looks like an idea that started out which could not be fully grasped, thus the result. Love the shape and color, but…lol. (fb)

  • Mishie Monroe

    Ooh, I;m not really liking this one. FB

  • Cat-Janet

    Not into this one at all… Maybe for a girlie girl! (fb)

  • Clary

    I know what they were *trying* to do here. But “chicken arms” is the perfect way to describe it… surely they could have achieved the same effect with MUCH smaller ruffles? (fb)

  • Amanda Allison

    Its a great bag – without the ruffles. (fb)

  • Jenna

    no words for this really (fb)

  • ingrid

    hahaha. it looks like the designers at valentino were on their very last bag design for the season and couldn’t decide whether to do fringe or ruffles and ended up doing both. (fb)

  • Debbie

    It would be a nice bag without the huge, floppy ruffles. It looks like it’s about to eat you alive! (fb)

  • Pam

    You are so right on this one…the ruffles are just way too far over the top. In fact, I didn’t even notice the laser cut fringe until I read it in your post – I couldn’t see past those fish fins. Not for me, but obviously not everyone agrees. Sold out? Maybe they only had 1 in stock. (fb)

  • otter

    It’s as if Cher and Pam Anderson’s styles mated.

  • Ping

    Hideous comes to mind with this bag. The only reason it’s “SOLD OUT” is because the site probably carried one of these bags. For that price, I rather get a Chanel or save for a Hermes Kelly.

  • hect

    interesting thats all ill say

  • Jane

    Oh so so so sad. Why are they doing this? They have had an incredible year in fantastic bags why are they continuing to push this elephant ear bag and now with the fringe. Yikes

  • Jane

    I checked the website and I think that all of those bags are fake. You can’t get a real Chanel for $100.

  • bunnyb

    Not a bag that I’d carry ..

  • VERON

    Disaster…………… (fb)

  • Jenn

    I wouldn’t pay full price for this bag, but I admit I do like it better than the all-black version (or, worse, the coral one–which looks like Sebastian from Little Mermaid–and not in a good way!) (fb)

  • Rosanna

    A little over-the-top and I personally wouldn’t ever carry anything this flashy, but I actually kind of like it, in a weird sort of way =P (fb)

  • Lianne

    Oh, lordie. That thing is just… Ugh. I didn’t like the last one that you posted that had giant ruffles and I don’t like this one. Actually, I just don’t like large ruffles. Give me clean lines every time. (fb)

  • Natalie

    maybe…it hangs well when worn?

  • Natalie

    maybe…it hangs well when worn? (fb)

  • Jessica

    lol its like a fish with gills .. crazyness ! but i bet if a celeb wore it, it would look nice… hah.(fb)

  • MAX

    Another Jurassic park version of Valentino. I like the leather and design but why do they have to out that extra leather to make it look sooo weird. and for 2880? I have no doubt why people keep buying Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bottega , and Hermes the rest of the brands sometimes make me feel like my money is worth more than that~!

  • Tamee

    I can totally see this as a dress, but as a bag, ummmm, no. (fb)

  • Barb

    Yes hideous! I own a Rebecca Minkoff fringed darling so I have nothing against fringe. But this bag is too too much! (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    Hideous. I would like it without the ruffles, but even so the price is over the top.

  • RGMofNYC

    No no, this is just so wrong. The Burberry worked because the intricate fringe was understated and the bag itself was simple (I’m in LOVE with that bag.) This would be similarly cute, but the fringe is too shiny in my opinion, and the ruffles shouldn’t be on ANY bag, let alone one that already is dominated by shiny fringe!

  • bonybynatur2003

    Horrid! I like the shape of the bag, but the ruffles and the fringe completely ruin it and you can barely even see the shape! Way off mark here=FAIL! (fb)

  • justa9url

    It’s like they made the bag then realized ruffles are trendy right now. (fb)

  • Moudane

    not my style but still appreciate it (fb)

  • Mai

    yuck! lol

  • Ann

    Mhmmm, not a fan of this bag (fb)

  • Beverly

    I actually really like this. It’s an interesting design. I don’t think I could ever pull it off, but on someone else who knows how to properly style an outfit with it, it would look great. (fb)

  • Roxanna

    Nice shape. Don’t like the front ruffles. I think if they got rid of that it would be somehwat better looking. I still wouldn’t buy it though. Not for that price.

    • Roxanna

      Dang. Forgot the (fb) again

  • Jun

    Can’t get myself to like it even past the ruffles. $2880 and got sold out? The buyers must be some true Valentino fans (fb)

  • Su

    Egad! This is something else.. I think I’d like it better if the ruffles were done at a minimal (both quantity and size lol) But well since it’s sold out, people are out to make a statement with it (FB)

  • nicole

    guess they will throw anything together and call it fashion! Shame that people would actually encourage designers to create ugly designs and sell it for thousands! (FB)

  • Theresa W

    Ummm…wow… those ruffles are….something else…perhaps something else that they should have omitted… (fb)

  • Nessa

    i kinda like this bag, but would never buy it… it’s neither timeless, nor classic, and i prefer to play it safe with my handbag choices. (fb)

  • Tanya

    At first look I kind of like the bag. I’m not a fan of the satin which turned me off. (FB)

  • Lydia

    Is it just me, or does this bag look like a sea creature or seaweed? NOT a good look. If they took the ruffles off, it would be bearable. (fb)

  • Marissa

    UMM def concur with the ideas that the inspiration comes from the sea/lake/lagoon! Should be called Valentino’s creature from the Black Lagoon. (fb)

  • Lilly P.

    I don’t like this purse at all. (fb)

  • lily

    if only they didn’t completely overdo the ruffles. (fb)

  • lu

    Outrageously ugly

  • kylie

    even with the ruffles, i like it a lot. it reminds me of an upsale version of steven madden’s ruffle satchel (fb)

  • Lisa

    This is just unfortunate (fb)

  • Elyse

    ugh. too much going on! (fb)

  • Alanna

    hahahahahha, oh dear, even after the warning i wasn’t expecting that level of hideous!

  • Eric

    ruffles are hot on dresses but i think with this bag its looks like a halter top made into a bag-(fb)

  • Jocelyn

    There’s just too much going on!

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • b

    not sure (fb)

  • Joy

    i probably wouldnt be able to pull this off
    sadly :/
    (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    sorry! not for me! runway, perhaps, but that’s about it! fb

  • Tiff Chao

    I can’t get myself into Valentino bags. They remind me of bags in dresses. :( (fb)