Valentino Light Emerald Cavallino Tote

During Paris Fashion Week, we didn’t have a chance to give you guys an in-depth look at the bags that graced the Valentino Spring 2014 runway – we only have so many hours in the workday, and Paris is a nearly nonstop onslaught of things deserving of those hours. Now that the Moda Operandi pre-sale has come and gone (sadly), though, I’m glad we held off – MO provided a more complete and detailed look at the bags, and they are definitely deserving of it.

The first thing you’ll notice, of course, is that there’s not a Rockstud to be seen. Rockstuds have been Valentino’s bread and butter for five seasons, and with that much success, it can be difficult for a brand to know when it move on to a new idea. Consumers will be the ultimate judge of whether or not Valentino timed its transition correctly, but it certainly feels like the perfect time for a slightly new direction. Rockstuds are still flying high, popularity-wise, and I can’t imagine that they’ll be phased out of the full line anytime soon, but there’s something to be said for relenting the spotlight while you’re still on top.

If you’re going to transition off of your company’s most successful bags of all time, these designs are a great way to do it. Many of them feature studding here and there, but it’s round and flat instead of square and spiked, which provides a completely different feel. It’s almost difficult to remember that these bags are from a spring collection – the autumnal colors and extra-gorgeous leather look like everything I want to carry right this very instant, and I don’t even wear brown. The collection was opera-inspired, and you can feel the old-world cultural references in these bags, plus a little South American influence that isn’t mentioned in the show notes but appears to be there nonetheless.

Sadly, the Moda Operandi pre-order ended yesterday, but take a look at all the bags that were included below and start planning your Spring 2014 shopping lists. If you need to scratch the shopping itch immediately, Moda Operandi has lots of other great stuff, both this season’s and next.

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  • DorianGray

    I’m a Valentino fan but not now. Ugly.

  • Jade

    You’re sure this is Valentino not Versace?!

  • kevin kim.

    This does remind me a little of Versace, the last tote is tasteful,
    the griffin clutch looks cool too,

  • laura

    I agree, very Versace-looking bags. I’m not sure I like that. I’ve always liked Valentino for its ladylike designs, even the Rockstud collection is feminine and classy with an edge. These are great bags but they don’t look like Valentino at all.

  • Jen

    Loving the fringe

  • Jen

    Loving the fringe

  • Sandra

    In my opinion Valentino is the one designer that across the board saved the spring shows….I really love the totes with the round gold button studs…. The fringe is not really my style but doesn’t every designer have to step out of their “usual” and try something new??

  • tuftufwang

    Very ugly

  • Jane

    I like the clutches with the side metal handle, but if you want that to be a unique design element you would want the silhouette of the bag to be simple so you can see the clutch hanging. Well at least I would want it to be simple because you wont see the cool hanging of the bag with all those fringes. To me the fringes look sloppy I wish there was a little more thought in them then just put them all over the bag and I don’t like the length of the fringes either. I really like the dark maroon redish tote with the golden button hardware. I do agree with everyone and see a little bit of Versace in some of the bags.

  • Abbi

    Not their best bags however this new ‘trend’ theyre going with has a lot of potential IMO. I loved the flats in their shoe collection so im excited to see what next season theyll bring us!

    Any chance there is a Dolce & Gabbana post coming soon?

  • Jennie M.

    I glad that they did make an effort to do something other than rock stud but to follow up with this collection is a little perplexing. The diseased looking cow hide tote with the Greek studding is horrid to look at (I’m so sorry. I don’t mean to offend but this is how I feel when I look a the bag). The others bags are a mash up of Versace, Nancy Gonzales with a splatter of Ysl. They are so focused on the cloths that they forgot that their bread and butter are the bags + accessories and when the bag sales are lacking then what? More people can afford the bags and shoes than the cloths. What were they thinking? Weren’t they the head designers for the accessories department?

  • Abby

    I guess I’m the opposite of everyone, because I’m not normally a Valentino fan, but I love these bags! Especially the scarab clasp on the first one.

  • TL

    I commend Valentino for showing me something i hate (EX: Studs and lucite) and making me like it. These bags are definitely a departure from the demure lady that Valentino is born from. But I do still love them. Also, thank god they moved away from the stud. I can’t tell you how badly I want to throw up when I see that stupid Kenzo tiger of those awful Givenchy sweatshirts.

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