As we’ve discussed in these parts in the past, almost every major handbag brand showed some kind of python or snakeskin bags on its Fall 2011 runway, no matter whether exotics are a collection staple for a particular line or not. Predictably, that lead to some mixed results; while I saw some exotic bags I’d love to have for fall, I saw far more whose designers could have used a remedial course in how to work with python. Carlos Falchi should be the person teaching that course.

Snakeskin has been a staple of Falchi’s line for years, and the Carlos Falchi Single Strap Hobo Bag demonstrates exactly what I wish more designers would acknowledge: Python is a design unto itself. It doesn’t need much help to be beautiful, just stand back and let the leather shine. After all, that’s why customers are willing to pay a premium.

See, folks? Python. It doesn’t need to be colorblocked or overdyed or tricked into being beautiful and full of texture and visual interest. It just is. It’s the magic of nature and we shouldn’t fight it, because fighting it just means that nature is about to smite us. (See this post for proof if you don’t believe me.) Pale, blue-undertoned grey and a simple shape give this bag an opportunity to show off the lush texture of the skin, and if I’m going to pony up for exotics, that’s exactly what a design should do. Buy through Saks for $1750.

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