Yesterday one of our lovely Australian readers, Baguette, wrote in to ask me to weigh in on the Dicha Pavlova Bag. Because I’m always happy to oblige someone that has already done the work of finding a bag on my behalf, I’m here to fulfill her request.

She’s a vintage lover just like I am, which for both of us also extends to the love of both vintage-style pieces that aren’t actually old and restored things that have been made to look new. The Dicha Pavlova bag is the latter, but sadly, it’s not working for me or the reader that brought it to my attention. I couldn’t tell you exactly why Baguette doesn’t like it, but I can speak for myself and say that it’s just way too much.

Everyone has their own ideas of what makes good vintage, and that’s why searching for finds is so much fun. For me, I prefer pieces that really embody a particular look or material that was popular in a bygone era – Art Deco, rhinestones, enamel, animal cuffs. The beauty of vintage or inspired-by pieces that I choose is in their ability to evoke a certain mood, in addition to the fact that they’re one-of-a-kind.

When a piece gets too crowded, it loses some of its charm. Not only is this bag made of metal mesh, a busy material on its own, but it’s adorned with peach-colored sequined crushed velvet, what can only be described as beaded sequin testicles, and topped of with a crystal-encrusted clasp. On a little, dainty bag that’s supposed to evoke midcentury femininity, the vintage charm gets too muddled with all of the materials’ mixed messages. Some people already erroneously believe that “vintage” is synonymous with ‘tacky” and “gaudy,” and this bag doesn’t do anything to dispel that myth. Buy through Net-a-Porter UK for £426.0

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  • Mochababe73

    I think that if I bought that bag, I would take the testes off of it.

  • Aru

    One word best describes this bag – T-A-C-K-Y !!!!

  • RY


  • Sofia Nolan

    expensive, but I bet it`s worth the price, iLike it a lot

  • It is so totally crazy that I can almost enjoy it. But not for that price or even close to that price, maybe $75. Good review amanda!

  • hazel0704

    i think its adorable and completely unique! love it and would rock it any night! (fb)

  • Jenna

    too much going on here for me! (fb)

  • Debbie

    That looks like disco ball gone wild! There’s so much going on that it’s hard to focus on any one thing. And what is with the doohickeys hanging off the front!?! (fb)

  • Rosanna

    At first glance, I didn’t like it… but the more I look at it, the more its grown on me. It’s a little over-the-top, but it could be a cute accessory with a solid black dress. (fb)

  • Nishi621

    Oh, I agree, there is just too much going on there!! (fb)

  • CoachGirlJami

    Yeah, NO – NOT loving this bag at ALL. :( (fb)

  • Chi

    I agree, its definitely OVER KILL!! hehehe


  • Ashley

    It would be a really cute bag if it didn’t have the peach ribbon and hanging jewels. (fb)

  • kim

    this would be so cute without the balls! (fb)

  • Emily

    WAY too much happening here! I feel like it was be-dazzled! (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    Thank you Amanda for answering my email about this bag !
    I enjoyed your ‘colorful’ description !
    I was so amazed when I came across it, I felt that other Purse Blog fans had to see it to believe it. Did the designer take a basic silver mesh purse and throw whatever was in the scraps box on it ? I can’t even see a GG actress making this work…

  • Abigail

    It’s lovely :D (fb)

  • Jessica

    I’m actually in love with this bag. Love the bling bling. (fb)

  • Michelle

    There is nothing to applaud about this bag. It’s like Victorian England meets French Discotheque, and that could never be a good thing.


  • MercedesH

    This bag is amazing! (fb)

  • Ann

    Not a fan of this bag (fb)

  • Stacee

    I love it! The peach and the sparkle would be so nice for a night out =) (fb)

  • Sonia

    I guess if you are going somewhere fancy… But definitely too much for everyday use. Not practical. (fb)

  • Bebeutyful

    Wow…talk about the bling!!! Too much…not cute. (fb)

  • Leenduh

    I love metal mesh bags, but on this one, the crushed velvet thing is a little too much. (fb)

  • Maggie

    i think it’s very pretty–i don’t think of it as vintage looking in the least though.

  • Gelynn

    Too much bling for me! I’m sure I’ll get pullover at the airport security carrying this. =) (fb)

  • Dawne Strehl

    I can appreciate the look of the bag. I think, however it would be better off without the ribbon or at add a ribbon of a similar color to the bag! ‘(fb)’

  • Audrey H.

    I’d love it without the ribbon and the balls :) (fb)

  • Amelia

    I feel like this would look so much better on a BIG bag. It wouldn’t be so overwhelmed by all the details.

  • MizzJ

    hahahah I love how you compared those balls to well, balls! Ugh this is so ugly it’s almost circled around to kitschy cute! And that ribbon… omg, it looks like a furry tongue in that photo.

  • justa9url

    I would have to agree, it’s too busy and sort of tacky. (fb)

  • Roxanna

    I love vintage as well and this certainly doesn’t do it for me. Its wayyy too busy (fb)

  • Ali

    It looks like something Louis the XIV would have loved! (fb)

  • sfitting

    what were they thinking?? (fb)

  • Issy

    okay, clearly i have a bag-session because i just adore this. the outfit im wearing right now just NEEDS this. It’s not ticked the vintage box for me but i still would pick it up in a heart beat (fb)

    • charles morrison

      Hey issy,You should Contact me immediately.We got those bags and can get them to you ASAP!Hurry up cos they are hotcakes!While stocks last.

  • Paula

    I see alot of people hating this bag… but I love it… I use it casual with my jeans and long sleeve blouse… LOVE IT (FB)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    Simply frightful!

  • Steph

    It is extremely different….I just don’t love it at all!!!!(fb)

  • Mama M

    Are you sure Versace didn’t have a hand in this? On second thought, it’s not quite tacky enough or expensive enough to be Versace.

  • Melissa

    I actually like this bag, it’s pretty!


  • Cat-Janet

    alittle too much going on. take away the salmon/pink part and I might think about it. (fb)

  • kash

    I Totally Adoreeeeeeeee this bag been lookin for smethn like this for a long time now.(fb)

    • charles morrison

      Hey kash,You should Contact me immediately.We got those bags and can get them to you ASAP!Hurry up cos they are hotcakes!While stocks last.

  • Jane

    I love the idea behind the bag, but it is just way too busy for its own good. They could have made at least four different bags by dissecting this bag. The mesh for one, the hanging balls for another, the satin, and busy clasp for another.

  • Cheryl

    Looks like a art project my 2 year old son did. I have to pass on this one.

  • Jessica

    im not sure what i would wear with this, i agree too much is going on .. (fb)

  • bonybynatur2003

    I think taking off the dangling “testicles” (Amanda-that was genius!) would make a HUGE difference. I also think that if they had just done the mesh with the ribon and no sequins, it would get a more favorable opinion. I actually like the clasp and think that should stay. (fb)

  • Beverly

    I feel like Lady Gaga is the only one who could really wear this. (fb)

  • lily

    it looks too sad/overworked. (fb)

  • kylie

    i personally don’t like it… it reminds me of arts&craft time when i was a kid (fb)

  • Elyse

    I’m terribly sorry – this is just so tacky. They can do better! (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    Not my style at all!

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    vverrrrry pretty
    but not liking the strap

  • Tiff Chao

    It’s way too busy and reminds me of the silvery material that vikings wear like in medieval times. (fb)

  • Tracey G

    Way too busy for me (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    very busy for me but I do like the velvet ribbon used (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Not loving the straps on this bag (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    pretty colors but very tacky design (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    pass for me on this bag (ipad)