In general, I think that phrase “too much is never enough” is useful when trying to explain certain sectors of fashion, particularly to those who aren’t interested in the industry or in understanding the genius of fabulous fashion eccentrics like Anna Dello Russo or Daphne Guinness. Rococo is always alive and well somewhere within the style world, even during harsh economic times, and its exuberant resilience is to the industry’s credit.

Sometimes rococo runs headlong into a wall, though, as with the Marc Jacobs Large Sequined Stam. I like the Stam bags (I even have one from way back in the second season that they were around), I like sequins, I like the blush-nude color that we have going on here. But unfortunately, the end result is less than the sum of its parts.

As you can probably guess, my main gripe is with the side of the paillettes. They’re enormous, far too big for something the size of a regular handbag, and they give the bag a very South Florida-grandma-at-the-retirement-home feel. Part of that may also be caused by the color, but with smaller sequins, the effect would have been more high-end and elegant. I can see the spirit of fun that probably went into this bag, but the idea just doesn’t work out as well in practice as it might have on paper. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2350.

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  • Ken Vien

    My wife would love this bag (ipad)

  • Adrienne C

    LOVE PURSEBLOG!!! (ipad)

  • Renee’

    I agree Amanda. way.too.much. It looks like a child’s craft project gone wrong. Way wrong. (ipad)

  • tadpolenyc

    i don’t think it looks that bad or even that over the top. the neutral color is what saves it. that being said, i wouldn’t buy it. (ipad)

  • Sue E

    I think if they took all that froo froo off it would look great! (ipad)

  • pursemonkey

    I think on the right person wearing the right outfit this just might work. It’s definitely not my style but at least it’s not boring! (ipad)

  • mochababe73

    The pailletes are a bit over the top. The bag would have worked much better if they were done in tiny sequins. The leather color is beautiful.
    This is unfortunate because the Stam is on my wishlist.

    • mochababe73

      oops. (iPad)

  • coachwife6

    The problem with bags like this is when the details falls off. It would make the bag look incomplete. (ipad)

  • Veronica_Sawyer

    I would be afraid of getting it wet!! (ipad)

  • JW

    I think it will be better is it’s with smaller sequins!!

  • Candace

    You’re right about it looking somewhat like a grandma bag! If only there were smaller or no sequins (just quilted texture would be great) – the colour and the gold hardware are quite nice. (ipad)

  • Shawna

    I think the color is nice, but not thrilled with the large sequins. (ipad)

  • Pam

    Nice color, nice shape, ugly sequins. (ipad)

  • nini

    less is more!

  • quimerula

    Now, really, waaaaay too much (ipad).

  • amanda

    I’m from South Florida and you’re right on with the retirement home comment, lol! (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I have always been a fan of the Stam and that color is lovely. Unfortunately, the sequins look like you left the bag with a four year old and the poor bag became the subject of an art project. On a similar note, Coach just release the leather petal Ella. The bag is covered with supposed flower petals. I think it looks (at least in the photo) like it was tar & feathered! (ipad)

  • Bettye

    I don’t like this purse. (ipad)

  • wendy

    I would have liked the bag if it were all leather. As someone said, the sequins look like feathers. (ipad)




    NEED THIS BAG (ipad)

  • Judy

    the color & shape is great but not sure sure about the other stuff… (ipad)

  • Randomwordplay

    I actually think that this bag could work, with the right outfit. Something to balance out the super-girliness! (ipad)

  • Jen

    I like it all, actually. (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    The side of the bag looks like a conservative everyday bag, the front looks like a middle school girl’s purse. Too much is definitely too much. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I really don’t know how I feel about this bag yet….let me get back to you! lol (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I think that smaller sequins would look better, but I would prefer if there were none. (ipad)

  • Rebecca

    This bag looks just like the handbag that Lisa was carrying in an episode of “Real Housewives of BH”.

  • ninjaninja

    If you take off the sequins, I think it can be a really hot bag. (ipad)

  • annabelle

    i wish people can stop with sequins…the bag in general is pretty (ipad)

  • SpoiledKiwi

    The sequins make it look like you can buy it at Claire’s for $20. (ipad)

  • prettybird

    I actually really like this bag. it’s not super practical, but it looks like the sort of handbag the little mermaid would own (Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid, not Disney one). (ipad)

  • nascar fan

    I think it is fun and very cool. He has already done smaller paillettes and already has done smooth leather and quilted leather.

    Lighten up, everybody. This is cute!
    If it would be your only Stam, maybe not, but if it is added to a collection, for the fun and frilly side, go for it!

    I love it!

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Way too expensive for how this bag looks! (ipad)

  • cl

    what a waste! the color of that bag is so pretty, but covered by those tacky sequins! (ipad)

  • eorchid

    Actually, I think this stam is cute! A fun version of the classic stam, although it may dangerously walk the line between fun and tacky-looking rip-off-of-a-Stam.

  • louch

    You know, I am always posting about too much detail but I LOVE THIS!!! The neutral colour is divine and I think with an understated outfit, this bag would e gorgeous. So don’t get why I like it!!

  • spanish moss

    what i don’t like about this iteration of the stam is the heaviness of the hardware, especially the chain, against the delicate color and sequins. my mind can’t make it work. (ipad)

  • Jenn

    It’s actually kinda cute (ipad)

  • Jenn

    I love the color (ipad)

  • Jenn

    The sequins maybe a bit too much (ipad)

  • Jenn

    but I could see people totally rocking this on New Years (ipad)

  • Jenn

    I actually wouldn’t mind using on New Years myself hehe (ipad)

  • Lisa P

    It looks scaly (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    The color is beautiful! The sequins – not so much, in fact, yuck. (ipad)

  • Andrea

    He’s done stams with small sequins. I love this bag and would buy and wear it proudly. Although I would but it on 3rd markdown or final sale as my budget isn’t big enough (ipad)

  • Redo My Shoe

    I really love this bag; the color, the shape, the sequins, everything.

  • Holly

    Aw, I think it’s actually kinda pretty…..(ipad)

  • bentos

    i think the bag is just nice. it can absorb everyone’s attention. it’s nice to bring it along when on summer. when also getting to garden parties. it’s nice seen in the morning, dusk and dawn. quite romantic.

  • Emily

    i adore marc jacobs, but youre right the sequins are a tad over the top for me to actually wear, but its beautiful all the same! (ipad)

  • PrincessGarnet

    The colors look absolutely gorgeous together. But the feathered detail on the side kills it for me. It does give that “grandma” feel to it. And I too, would be worried about getting it dirty/wet. If this bag had it’s usual quilted details but with that stunning “stardust” stud embellishment on it, I’ll be all over it (iPad)

  • Mable

    no matter how it looks, there will still be ppl who would buy it. becuz of the name “MARC JACOBS”. (ipad)

  • Caroline

    I’ve never been a fan of bags/clothes with all sorts of “stuff” hanging off them. It’s like they’re covered with parasites! (ipad)

  • Jessie

    If that bag didn’t have the “sequins” (what else could you call them?!) on it, it would be perfect. Perfect colour, shape, and I even love the hardware. HATE the sequins. Such a shame. (ipad)

  • liamell

    Bag looks really nice – feathered detail is very fashionable at the moment – but at the moment being the operative word – alot of money for a “momentary fashion statement” (ipad)

  • Claire

    OMG what a gorgeous bag!! xx (ipad)

  • Rae

    I love the color, and it may be too much for my taste. But I know people who would buy it anyway. (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    I have to agree. This bag has a bit too much going on. The color is very pretty but I’m not loving the feather look on the sides. (ipad)

  • Antonia

    I love the color… the pailletes not so much.

  • Lianne

    I like the large sequins, but there’s something about the naked sides that makes it look unfinished.

    And the nude colour does little for me. (ipad)

  • Shana

    Love the color and the hardware … but I agree, too much detailing (iPad)

  • Maya

    I love the shape, but the detailing is just too fussy for everyday. (iPad)

  • Camila Delgado Vicentelli

    Actually, I kind of like the colour. Seems very girly like.


  • Paul

    A bit to ostentatious. (ipad)

  • Limey

    pretty nice bag… (ipad)

  • Pearl

    Those sequins would be a complete pain! (ipad)

  • Erik

    not liking this at all (ipad)

  • christine

    “South Florida-grandma-at-the-retirement-home feel” made me laugh out loud… Seriously though, I think this wouldn’t look too bad if the paillettes were smaller. I still wouldn’t buy it because I dislike paillettes if they dangle the way they do on this purse. (ipad)

  • Lolita Abraham
    • Elizabeth

      I actually like it. I think it’s pretty (ipad)

  • Stevie Marie

    Wow Thats Absolutely aND SUPER Pretty!! (Ipad)

  • Kasey

    not a favorite (ipad)

  • Marion

    I’m guessing I’m in the minority here but I actually like it. It’s not my favorite but I think it’s really cute. It works great for me. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    From far, i’d say “hmmm.. Nice color..” and i bet the sequin will shimmer slightly..
    But as i get closer to it, “wow, can it flock and fly?”
    Yup, agree with thr majority, it is a little over the top. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    But then again, that is what fashion all about, right? (ipad)

  • kmroboto

    i love mj but this isn’t my fav, at least based on this pic. i reserve the right to change my mind, though, once i see it in person! (ipad)

    • starqueen_78

      Make sure you take a piccie for the MJ forum if you see it in person cos i think i really really like this!! :-)

  • Adrienne C

    very pretty! (ipad)

  • Joyce

    why marc why? (ipad)

  • Sara

    This is quite similar to the bags created by valentino and even coach recently! I guess pastels n petals/sequins etc are in fashion now

  • Elizabeth

    NO! (ipad)

  • nicole

    oh dear lord, this bag is wonderful! i would break my account for this (; (ipad)

  • Lola

    I LOVE the color and the chain strap detail but the paillettes are definitely too much :( (ipad)

  • Melody

    The color is gorgeous! Lose the pailettes and it would be perfect! (ipad)

  • Jo-Anne

    The Stam is a classic style. The color of this bag is gorgeous on its own, it doesn’t need sequins and feathers. The sequins and feathers makes the bag look cheap and tacky. (iPad)

  • Britt

    To be honest, I love this bag. Marc can do no wrong in my eyes.

  • jill

    hmm..yeup not a fan of this bag. too much going on, IMO (ipad)

  • Tina

    There is too much going on in the front (iPad)

  • Chells

    The sequins are too large and cheapen the look of the bag. The color palette is nice for Spring though. (ipad)

  • starqueen_78

    Oh no, I really really like this….. and I haven’t liked a stam for a while….. I think it looks like a bag a fairy would have! Ethereal. Totally impractical though. (ipad)

  • Stephanie

    This is incredibly ugly, vulgar, and tasteless (ipad)

  • Kathy

    I like it. A little over the top, Chic (ipad)

  • edoardo

    I can’t really ahte this bag…it ha sosmethign addictive for me, maybe are th epallettes (I lvoe them) However I find that is bag it’s amazing if match in a good way…

  • Val

    The bag looks like it has fish scales on it. Boy, i’m getting hungry. (iPad)

  • tony

    actually, i kinda like it. very femm

  • tony

    actually, i kinda like it. very femm (ipad)

  • Dominic

    I feel like those sequins wouldn’t hold up rubbing against jeans all day long.


  • Maggie

    The color is pretty! (ipad)

  • Cindy

    No…just no. Overkill for me. (ipad)

  • Tina

    I love marc jacobs but this bag is one I would not purchase (iPad)

  • Alicia

    I love the color combination, but not the texture (iPad)

  • Jazmin

    You can always count on Marc Jacobs to come up with something like this. Not a fan of this but I can see it working with some cute ballet flats and a light weight fabric pastel skirt and a cute cardigan. (ipad)

  • nick

    Eeeww… way too much going on. (ipad)

  • Kelly

    i dont like it haha

  • Holly

    It really saddens me because I loved Marc when he first introduced the Stam but now… his line is going downhill entirely, I wonder if he really designs his stuff anymore


  • felicia

    i havent seen it IRL, but i think it looks girly and very feminime (ipad)

  • Christine

    not liking it! I definitely do not like how the stam bag is covered in large pieces of sequins, it makes it tacky and cheap. (ipad)

  • HandbagAngel

    It looks like a big fish with large scales. Ewww….

  • Kelly

    Ugh…it’s like a bag covered in giant fish scales!

  • Sadahe

    This could be a beautiful back! Why did they cover it in all this glitzy glittery knick knack? (ipad)

  • shopjc

    I like it. it is so good. velour handbags.

  • JJ

    Sorry MJ, but this is definitely a “MISS.” I predict that we’ll be seeing A LOT of these on the sale tables come May/June! (ipad)

  • gyantshiba

    Too much going on with this design. (ipad)

  • Miriam

    I would have no occasion to ever carry this(ipad)

  • CMM

    I am sorry, but this is tragic. Why would Marc do this??? (ipad)

  • LDJ

    Yeah, feathers, gold chain, the color. Just too much (ipad). My own mother wouldn’t tote this. But Im quite sure someone in the designer world will.

  • Sabrina

    I kinda like it lol, reminds me of a fish.. Anyone else remember that fish book with the shiny scales?! He was a blue/purple fish.. Where this is pinkish.. But still haha! (ipad)

  • tony

    i acutally like the bag, but i dont see it on me. (ipad)

  • Nikita

    WOW not a fan (iPad)

  • Zoe

    Marc’s designs are ingenious, as evidence of this bag. It’s perfect.

  • chloehandbags

    I actually don’t mind the pailettes on their own and the colour is nice – but, I agree, I think you need a very plain, simple bag (preferably, a clutch) to carry off such busy embellishment.

  • Joanna

    I’m a fan of Marc Jacobs but this seems a bit much.. maybe if it was in a form of a clutch it would be better (iPad)

  • Christine

    Even though I am not particularly fond of this bag, I can appreciate Marc’s innovations and attempts. It’s a gorgeous piece of art but I don’t know that it’s something I would carry.

  • Britney Anderson

    I love the style of the bag and the color but yes the big sequins are a bit much. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    I actually like this! (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    I agree – it’s an odd combination and smaller sequins would have been a lot better! (ipad)

  • raffa

    I don’t like it at all (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    not loving this bag (ipad)

  • ☆Lola A♏ ★

    I don’t like this at all. (iPad)

  • nadia maria

    How cool collection leather bags

  • heidi

    those sequins look like fish scales. when i was younger, i overfed my goldfish (didn’t know fish could not tell they were full), and he became so bloated that his scales popped and stood straight up. it was kinda gross – reminds me of this bag. (ipad)

  • Michelle

    I think this bag is absolutely gorgeous..I’m so in love with it, it looks kinda romantic and fun. but i agree it’s not for everybody.

  • Ken Vien

    Ugh…it’s like a bag covered in giant fish scales!

  • pinoytripper

    fabulous bag for ladies :)

  • ss

    Ick. The color and the scales together just aren’t doing it for me.


  • Dilettante

    Even pink feathers would have been better than these. the paillettes look like fish scales (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Too much sparkle in a bad way (ipad)

  • Annie

    Contrary to popular opinion, I really like this bag! Love the colour, the big sequins that don’t seem sparkly (just pastel). I hope this bag goes on sale so I can consider buying it.

    hmmm…then again, i can’t imagine too many outfits this would go with. Something summery and girly, flowy and soft. (ipad)

  • Lynda

    Marc is my favorite designer at the moment but this purse looks like some coed up and hurled her cake onto the side! (ipad)

  • mutya

    i think it would have worked if the chain wasn’t so big. with the busy sequins, everything else should have been muted. large gaudy gold chains just ruined this one.

  • Alison J.

    WAY too much. (ipad)

  • Mel

    Now that is quite busy! (ipad)

  • HandbagAngel

    Like a big fat fish with large scales. (iPad)

  • helen

    I imagine the dress to go with that bag would have to be the exact same look. (ipad)

  • sarahp

    i would be curious to see it in person. i’ve found a lot of his bags can look weird in photos but stunning in real life. Those paillettes might sparkle and shine in the most hypnotic way irl, saying “you must have me”…

  • sarahp

    i would be curious to see it in person. i’ve found a lot of his bags can look weird in photos but stunning in real life. Those paillettes might sparkle and shine in the most hypnotic way irl, saying “you must have me”… (ipad)

  • Emma G

    oh marc – why? it looks very cheap (ipad)

  • Michelle

    This purse is definitely a no for me. I really don’t agree much with the description of sweet grandma living in a retirement home. What comes to mind when i see this purse is QUINCEANERA. zing! (ipad)

  • Shell

    Call me gaudy, but wow – I totally love it! The fact that it looks like fish scales is a PLUS (although I would say mermaid scales). It gives almost an organic touch to an otherwise very, hm, “fabricated” looking piece.

  • beanyce126

    lil to flashy, dont like those fridge pieces on the bag. It may cause more shipment to be sent out for repairs. (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    I really like it but think it might be better if somewhat smaller – ipad

  • Tahnee

    I dunno……I kind of like it! Haha! (ipad)

  • swati

    it reminds me of chicken feathers. (ipad)

  • Heidi

    It could have been such a classic bag without the sequins. (ipad)

  • AW

    I love MJ and I love the stam but this one … is ugly and cheap. Pateilles have never been my thing but for those girls who like them, good on you!