I no longer watch Project Runway, but I’ll be forever indebted to the show (and to Tim Gunn) for giving us the beautiful phrase “a lot of look.” Gunn’s a tactful, polite man, so he generally only deployed that saying in a negative way, but I think it’s applicable beyond that – “a lot of look,” in my mind, can be either good or bad, depending on the skill of the designer. Naturally, the designers at Salvatore Ferragamo are massively talented, but I’m still on the fence with this bag.

The Salvatore Ferragamo Verve Fringe Woven Bag certainly has plenty of, well…verve. The all-white, all-leather construction helps tone down some of the impact of the bold textural elements, but the size of the bag and its giant fringed wings can’t be ignored. Of course, those things aren’t meant to be ignored; far from it. So how do you wear a bag with this much personality?

If it were me, I think this bag begs for a simple look. Perhaps neat, tonal white skinny jeans (can’t wear colored denim with a white bag, after all – color transfer!), a chambray shirt and a big, bold necklace a la Dannijo? With a bag that stands on its own, you have to give it a somewhat blank canvas against which to stand. If you don’t, it’s too much noise, coming from too many places at the same time. If you would carry this bag, what would you pair it with?

Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $2,679.


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