Here’s Heidi Klum, arriving at LAX in all black, save for a navy Versace Signature Tote. I quite like navy/black combos, but if you’re a stickler for consistency, you can find Heidi’s bag in black patent leather for $2,228 at farfetch.com. (On a semi-related note, I have no idea where one buys structured velour pants these days.)

Heidi is beloved by many designers, and has been for over a decade, so as you might expect, her designer handbag collection is quite extensive and includes everything from Hermès to Michael Kors. There’s a LOT of Michael Kors, in fact. You can see the majority of her collection in “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum”.

We’ve featured Lady Gaga on PB thrice in the last few weeks, in three outfits that were worlds apart from each other (as is her style), and yet two had something in common: Versace. Here’s Gaga coming out of the Sirius Satellite Radio offices in NYC after doing a little promo for her forthcoming album (which seems like it’s been forthcoming for 100 years), channeling Jodie Foster’s character from Taxi Driver. Just like last time, she’s carrying a Versace bag: this time it’s the Versace Snakeskin Signature Tote, which she’s matched with a pair of lavender platform sandals from the brand’s Spring 2014 runway show. The lavender version of the Signature Tote won’t be available until spring deliveries arrive in a couple months, but the white version is currently available for $1,895 at Farfetch.

Lady Gaga is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a close friend of Donatella Versace, which explains her bountiful Versace wardrobe. (Donatella, if you’re on the hunt for new gal pals, I love sitting front-row at runway shows and I’m a great listener.) You can peep at all of Gaga’s designer handbags, plus her ongoing carnival of increasingly quirky, avant-garde, or glamorous ensembles, in “The Many Bags of Lady Gaga.”

Here’s Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta coming out of a building in NYC, playing the part of exorbitantly wealthy (yet slightly confused) ingénue this week, instead of walking piece of performance art that she was days ago. (We love you both ways, Lady Gaga. Don’t ever change.) She’s carrying a Versace Medusa Tote, which is from the Spring 2014 runway and, as you might suspect, not available to the masses just yet. While you’re waiting for this bag to hit shelves, you can bide your time by shopping a pleasing selection of Versace at Net-A-Porter, or by perusing Gaga’s extensive handbag collection.

Lady Gaga is practically everywhere these days: New York, London – she’ll even be in SPACE in the very near future. I’m not even joking. In 2015, Lady Gaga will reportedly be capping off a three-day, high-tech music festival called Zero G Colony at Spaceport America in New Mexico with a performance aboard a Virgin Galactic Spaceship. She aims to become the first performance artist to do her thing in zero gravity. Which begs the question – what does one wear on one’s first outing to space?

Miley Cyrus has been a busy little bee as of late, buzzing from press gig to Cosmopolitan cover party to New York Fashion Week show. Here she is in NYC rocking a bowler hat, a LOT of beaded fringe and a Versace Signature Tote. Those bold, gold Medusa studs pair perfectly with Miley’s whole “80s hipster grandma” get-up. Miley is seen carrying the bag top handle-style here, sans the detachable strap. You can grab this bag in terracotta for $2,395 at Shopbop – but hurry, there are only two left!

During NYFW, Miley hit up the Marc Jacobs, Rachel Zoe, and Marchesa runway shows. Rumors are, of course, already flying that she’ll wear Marchesa when she eventually weds Liam Hemsworth, though no date has been set for the wedding as of yet. Frankly, Miley’s all of 20 years old, so I’ll wait and see what comes of her wedding plans, dress and all. Want to see more of Miley’s handbag picks? Check out our The Many Bags of Miley Cyrus post!

Images via Vogue.com

Before taking a look at the stills from Versace Fall 2012, I had heard the collection repeatedly described as Rooney Mara-inspired and high-end goth and all of these other things that made me think that the handbags stood a chance in hell of being really, really good. I was hopeful, you guys. Genuinely hopeful. I should know better by now. When Versace is involved, that sort of hope can only end in disappointment.

The bags in this collection could have been darkly luxurious and full of interesting detail. Instead, it looked like Ed Hardy had provided the accessories for Donatella’s runway show, all tacky cross prints and unfortunate bling. Although I’m not sure if it’s fair to criticize Versace for being too crassly and uncreatively 80s – after all, that’s perhaps similar to criticizing Dior for being too New Look. And actually, the clothes themselves were in fact quite nice at times. The clutches, though, were terrible, and they were only saved in part by the distraction of a few bicolor croc flap bags that showed a bit of promise. Even then, Donatella just had to festoon the straps with a giant, blinged-out V, because apparently the brand can’t help itself but to go at least one giant step past good taste. (more…)

Versace Baroque Print PVC Tote, $1125 via Net-a-Porter

At first, I had no issue with the Versace Baroque Print PVC Tote. The yellow-on-white pattern may not be my personal taste, but it’s the kind of strong, intricate visual for which Versace is known, so I can’t fault them for pursuing that aesthetic. What I CAN fault them for, though, is charging over a thousand dollars for a very basic tote that’s not even real leather. (more…)

Versace Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag, $1625 via Net-a-Porter

Over the past few seasons, I’ve tried to be optimistic about Versace and its bags. I’ve been a long-time skeptic of the brand’s accessories while still being a big fan of the brand’s clothing, both ready-to-wear and atelier, and it’s seemed at times that the bags were just one or two steps away from where they should be. I was hopeful.

As happens so often in life, though, my hopes have been summarily dashed by the Versace Leather Shoulder Bag. This is the kind of thing you’d find in the depths of Paris Hilton’s closet circa 2001, and we all know that’s not a compliment in even the faintest sense. (more…)

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Versace x H&M is the high-low collaboration of the season. Slated to debut at select stores on November 17, the collection includes everything from leather jackets and dresses to a few home goods, which is a first for H&M’s designer dabblings. What’s relevant to us, of course, is that the partnership has also produced bags.

Unfortunately, like the regular Versace line, the purses are the line’s low point. The collection includes a dress and jacket made out of real leather, which could possibly indicate that some of the bags are genuine as well (although I couldn’t find anything indicating their fabrication), but the hardware removes any doubt that what you’re carrying is from H&M. The rest of the collection has some very fun, colorful pieces, but the handbags just aren’t among them. As far as prices go, I could only find the price information for one of them – the small black studded bag, which worked out to about $110 from the British price list on which I found it. Pictures of the rest of the bags are after the jump.

(Also, a side question: Did anyone else glimpse the charm based on the traditional Versace trim out of the corner of their eye and think it was a swastika for a split second? Just me?) (more…)

Images via Vogue.com

I have some relatives who live in South Florida. I haven’t visited since I was a teenager, but my memories of Floridian seaside kitsch are still very clear: pastel starfish and seahorses and shells. Lots of them. Adorning everything from t-shirts to upholstered furniture. If the bags from Versace Spring 2012 are any indication, Donatella Versace may have spied on my childhood vacations quite frequently. For a brand so inextricably linked to Miami, these designs make a certain amount of sense.

The starfish and seashells gave way to an endless array of studded, quilted satchels and crossbodies that reminded me a little bit of Marc Jacobs circa 2008, but considering the bags that Versace has made in that same period of time, these designs feel like an improvement. If nothing else, they look very Versace, which is something that the brand’s established customer base will probably enjoy quite a bit. (more…)

We aren’t known to be the biggest Versace supporters at our site, but we’ve been feeling a it warmer lately. I know some people absolutely love the brand, but Donatella’s accessories almost always go over the edge of overt opulence; they’re often too ornate for my liking. However, upon seeing the Versace Structured Snake-Effect Leather Tote I felt true excitement. Sure, the overall design is simple, but the python print along with the coloring screams “fall statement piece.” (It also sort of screams “Valentino Fall 2011,” but that’s another post entirely.) The sad news is that PurseBloggers, we have a problem: the price.

When the description read snake-effect and the price showed $3,995, I was certain there was a mistake. A mistype, perhaps? But no, this bag’s faux finish is printed on leather; it’s not exotic python skin. And no matter how much I want to tell you all that Versace is getting it right, the brand is still getting its prices all wrong. (more…)

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