We’re all about radical truth-telling in these parts (ok, maybe it could be more accurately termed as radical opinion-sharing), and honestly, I don’t really like the Fendi Baguette, as a bag concept. I like that the size proportion of the bag’s body makes it ripe for embellishment, and I like all the creative things that Fendi’s done with it over its decade-plus lifespan, but I really wish that the Baguette would get re-imagine as a crossbody. The short shoulder strap just feels so dated. Everything else about the Fendi Jelly Flower Baguette, though, is love at first sight.

I’ve waxed poetic about my love for the technical innovation in Fendi’s current handbags previously, and this bag’s combination of delicate flowers rendered in a thoroughly modern way is yet another example of just how hard the brand is hitting it out of the park. Few designers are willing to go so three-dimensional with their bag embellishments for functional reasons, and even though the boldness of these blooms may make this bag a little more fragile, I think that the visual effect is more than worth it. The black and white color scheme, plus the translucence of the white petals, is just perfect. The decision to use a clear acetate logo closure instead of the bag’s traditional hardware completes the look.

If nothing else, this bag is proof positive that modernity and traditional femininity can coexist in fashion, and maybe even that they can add up to more than the sum of their parts. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2,450.


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