It can be easy to forget that fun can be a virtue in fashion; when we’re ponying up serious money for a bag, a lot of us expect a serious bag in return. A purse doesn’t have to be dour to be luxurious or worthy of a designer price tag, and if you’re ready to put a little bit of irreverence back into your wardrobe, the glam androgyny of Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 is exactly where you should look.

Dolce & Gabbana used Janelle Monae and David Bowie as stylistic muses for the collection, and you can see Bowie’s glam signature in particular on the bags. They’re covered in colorful sequins, animal prints and star-spangled chains, sometimes all three at once, and the effect is as over-the-top and joyful as one might expect, although the embellishments got a bit too literal from time to time with inlaid leather music notes and piano keys. Dolce even found a way to make me not hate many of their belt bags, which you can tell by the fact that I didn’t refer to them derisively as “fanny packs.” If you’re looking for that kind of bag, Dolce & Gabbana is the only acceptable way to go right now.

Photos via Vogue.com.

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