You may or may not have liked Fendi’s Spring 2011 handbag collection, but you can’t argue that it was what fashion industry people call “directional.” Instead of merely designing safe, pretty accessories, Fendi’s handbags gave us a new way to think about combining color, structure and texture.

Vogue.com chose this Fendi Multicolor Woven Clutch to illustrate spring’s colorblocking trend in its Accessories Blackbook, but upon close examination, the design is interesting for more than just its use of color.

Which is not to say that this clutch’s bold color statement isn’t important; it is, and combinations like this one are what make Fendi’s spring accessories so timely. Not only is the clutch made of five different colors of leather, but the enamel-covered logo closure adds even more visual interest to the equation.

On top of that, though, Fendi clearly thought about how to take your average flap clutch and elevate it beyond the mundane. Instead of just using straight leather laces to create the woven pattern, the designers chose pieces of leather with a zig-zag edge pattern to make the weave even more intricate and detailed. It shouldn’t work, but somehow, it does. In spades.

Bags like this can be difficult to work into an existing wardrobe because of their clear personalities, but if you’ve got the extra cash and some patience, figuring out a way to add this bag (or any of Fendi’s other Spring 2011 options) to your personal collection will be well worth your while.

Image via Vogue.com.

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