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.
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.
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.
Every now and then, Megs and I will both get totally obsessed with the same designer or piece at the same time, but without really telling the other about it. At some point, we then realize that we’ve both been spontaneously lusting after the same stuff, and we spend several minutes gushing about how much we want something, quickly followed by much whining about how much it costs for us to make those dreams a reality.
The other day, that happened with the Valentino Rockstud Collection. And not even one bag in particular…the entire thing. Shoes, bags, whatever. Valentino came into the studs trend at the tail end, and since then, the brand has made the look into its own signature mix of edgy and ladylike. I didn’t love these bags at first, but given enough time, they’ve grown on me in a huge way. My personal pick is the tote at top, which rings in at $2595 via Net-a-Porter, but we’ve got a whole selection for you to drool over after the jump. (more…)
As handbag lovers, we’ve been very lucky recently. Luxury brands are notoriously secretive about their behind-the-scenes processes, particularly their manufacturing, and anyone who knows anything about the counterfeit trade knows exactly why that is. Letting people behind the curtain not only risks trade secrets, but it also chances taking some off the luxurious mystique off of the final product. Don’t be fooled, that mystique factors heavily into the prices that these brands are able to charge for their goods.
Last week, though, Chanel threw open its doors and let a bit of sun shine on the work that goes into a Chanel Classic Flap. This week, our interest goes to Valentino, which has released images to document the making of the lovely Valentino Rockstud Net Bag. You can check out all of the up-close-and-personal images after the jump or shop the design via Neiman Marcus for $3345. (more…)
My affection for Valentino Fall 2012, a collection from a brand whose runway bags I often don’t love, seems like part of a wider trend for the season. Specifically, if you’re a bag lover, Fall 2012 is going to be chock full of beautiful things for you to lust after and a few that you may actually end up buying and carrying, either for the season for for years afterward. In the three years that I’ve been covering accessories for this site, I can’t remember another season where I saw so many lovely handbag options on the runway.
Valentino, like countless other designers so far, made its handbag statement in black, first and foremost. Red and pale pink also popped up here and there, but most of the bags were shrouded in different textures of darkness, from intricate beading to soft pony hair. All of the usual Valentino suspects were there – big, roomy Rockstud Totes, little flap bags with the studs encrusted in tiny crystals – but somehow, the black made it all feel new again. (more…)