Now that almost all spring bags have made their way to online retail for pre-order, the season’s what has begun to separate itself from the chaff, so to speak. Some of Alexander Wang’s ideas for Spring 2011 have proven to be better than others, but the more I see the Alexander Wang Large Emile Tote, the more it seems to be among the best of his new bags.

The metal corner caps that Wang introduced with this collection have also carried into his Fall 2011 bags, and I couldn’t be more pleased. They take a simple, functional ivory tote and give it just enough detail to be something special, which is exactly the kind of look you want in a bag that you intend to carry regularly.

I prefer this bag in its black version with silver hardware, but for those of who you prefer to wear lighter colors in warmer weather, the ivory version is lovely. It won’t show wear in as obvious of a way as a stark white bag would, but still, I’d keep it away from dark denim and other materials that tend to transfer dye. If you can manage that, then this is the sort of design that looks chic and feels functional year-round. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $975.

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