Miu Miu’s heralded Fall 2010 collection is best described as aggressively girly, which may or may not be a positive thing, depending on your personal style. I normally wouldn’t describe myself in such terms, but nevertheless, the collection has captivated me anyway. There’s an elegance and sharpness to it that is totally captivating.

Parameters for picking bags are different than those for picking clothes, however. A gamine blouse or printed skirt may be fun seasonal purchases, but most accessories customers want their bags to go the distance for more than a couple of months of wear. In trying to decide between the Miu Miu Runway Flower Detail Bag and the Miu Miu Vitello Turnlock Satchel, I can’t help but ask myself if personality or functionality is more important in a bag purchase. The answer will vary by personal style, of course, but these two bags have me particularly torn. Do you go with something very unique that you’ll probably only carry for a season, or a toned-town version with only a few special details that you could carry for a long time?

Handy-dandy poll after the jump, plus larger photos and purchasing information. I’m leaning toward the plain leather bag, although I’d love a pair of Miu Miu flats with similar flower details.

Miu Miu Runway Flower Bag, $1695 via Bergdorf Goodman. (Note: this bag is not leather.)

Miu Miu Vitello Turnlock Satchel, $1495 via Bergdorf Goodman.

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  • blazedog

    I don’t perceive the one without the flowers as being more “timeless” although it is probably more traditional so might be worn on more occasions as many women use only one bag –shocking though it might seem.

    I would get the one with flowers because I think one can use these kinds of quirky fashion items forever – just keep pulling it out to make a statement.

  • mochababe73

    I much prefer the one without the flowers. It’s seasonal. The black one is okay. I just wish that it came in a rich brown.

  • Purse Pixie

    I prefer the plain black. I think there is definitely a place in a handbag wardrobe for fun bags, but those bags can still be versatile. I think this flower one would get old quickly.

  • 19yearslater

    I vote for the flowers. I think they’re a fun touch that make this bag stand out.

  • Stefanie

    I’m not sure I like either bag enough to buy. . . but if you’re definitely getting one, the plain is better.

    How can you spend $1695 on a bag that isn’t leather. I can’t do it.

  • Butterfly36029

    I just bought a miu miu one that looks like the simple one but mine is without the turn lock and instead it has a bow…I am in love with this Fall’s Miu Miu collection!! thanks for this article, it has certainly made my morning! My vote goes for the simple one!

  • Cara Gray

    I agree the fall Miu Miu collection is just awesome. I usually like simple designs but I love the flower design.


  • babe

    I voted for the plain version but I would not buy it – it just doesn´t catch me in any way. I kind of dislike the proportion and the upper frame (or how it might be called) but one can clearly see (and I know by experience, as I own several miu miu bags) the wonderful quality and softness of the leather.

  • Linda

    thumbs down on both!

  • Thumbelina Fashionista

    I always believe in simple, versatile bags and crazy, funky shoes. I definitely am digging the shoe version of the flower bag.

  • Bronwen

    Not a fan of the flowers, or the ginormous hardware. My wallet is safe from these two.

  • tadpolenyc

    this bag isn’t doing much for me. i’ve seen a lot better from miu miu, but the flowers, in particular, look really cheap. like they were just tacked on as an afterthought.

  • Jackie

    How is it that the leather one costs less? I guess it requires more work for the flowers or something along those lines but I don’t even like the flowers on the bag. I don’t think the flowers look good — they look borderline cheap, actually, but that may be because I don’t really like silver hardware. Both bags are a no for me but I’d easily choose the simple leather one over the flower one. Maybe the flowers look better in person? Would I rather pay less for a bag that I’d carry for at least a few seasons? I think so :)

  • MizzJ

    Personally I find both bags a bit boring, but that flowered version is just hideous! Those flowers look cheap and if you’re going to buy designer, then you should at least invest in something that will last – unless that is, that you’re that rich to afford it! haha


  • Liane

    Loooove the plain one!

  • FlowerFedora

    I find the first bag more appealing to me.
    I find the other bag adequate.
    It (the second bag) is classical and a bit “never goes out of style” but I find it way to simple for my taste.
    The first bag on the other hand is very miu miu. You can automatically tell by the flowers and the lock that it is. Even if it doesn’t look to stay in style for too long, it IS a very brave and bold accessory that would pull of many looks. I’m not sure why but I’ve always had a thing for the special and feminine things ! I find minimalism boring and not very head turning. Especially when it comes to bags and accessories !!!

  • Ellen

    I don’t love either one, but I would never carry the flower bag. I always go for classic bags. (ipad)

  • belle

    Simple all the way. (ipad)