Now that Marc Jacobs has said goodbye to his sixteen year career at Louis Vuitton in order to focus on his eponymous line, it’s exciting to see just what Marc Jacobs has up his creative sleeve for his own brand. With someone who has as much of an intuitive gift for fashion as Jacobs does, who knows what to anticipate. What I didn’t anticipate was the pattern-clashing extravaganza happening on this Marc Jacobs Polly Mini Glossed-Elaphe and Leather Shoulder Bag.

This shoulder bag just has way too much going on, even for me. Many of Marc Jacobs’ designs are playful and not always meant to be serious, but when they’re good, they still evoke a sophisticated, urbane cool. The main drawback with this handbag is that the print and color combinations are too overwhelming for the size and shape of the bag. When I’m intrigued or interested in a bag, there’s always a focal point that draws me in, and with a bag like this, there is too much to find one thing to focus on. If you look at the front of the bag alone, the two overlapping neutral patterns of the black and camel and black and white are workable. These prints are neutral enough that together, they maintain wearability. However, when you add the pink and white gingham print around the bag’s edges, that’s when things get a bit out of hand. I may not be an admirer of this particular bag, but I’m still eagerly awaiting what Marc Jacobs has in store for us now that his eponymous brand is his primary focus.

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  • Guest

    I really wish I could understand the appeal of Marc Jacobs because I’ve never been a fan of his label’s handbags. Can anyone share what they enjoy about Marc Jacob handbags. Thanks.

    • ivy

      I think it’s just different strokes for different folks. Can’t make yourself like something you don’t.

  • jennifer

    I saw this bag the other day at the Marc Jacobs boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles…and I thought it was one of the most innovative and interesting bags…especially to wear with a super simple outfit – will pop it…I think he has the right idea…a sea of sameness still out in the marketplace in my humble opinion…and finally a little breath of fresh air..something different, a play on patterns, and filled with density and texture. The fact that it is printed on snakeskin is all the more interesting.

  • Elaine Weiss Whitman

    I wish he would have picked just one of these patterns, and paired it with a solid. Then used his creative eye to create a beautifully-shaped bag… and he would have really had something special. This is just a mess. But I’m not ready to write him off yet; I love many of his bags, and I’m sure he’ll come along with some great ones in the future. This just doesn’t happen to be one of them. Gingham? Puh-leeeez!

  • I consider myself a Marc Jacobs fangirl (though no one can touch Dries Van Noten) but I never liked his bags. However, I surprisingly LOVE this bag. It would look so cool paired with faded jeans and classic BB’s !

  • FashionableLena

    Looks like he took the remnants of bags past and sewed the pieces together. There is no rhyme or reason to this clash of the fabrics.