First of all: oops. I goofed. Between having surgery and trying to keep up with the various global Fashion Weeks for a month, I forgot to write about one of the biggest handbag brands in the world, Prada. My bad. So let’s pretend like we’re still in the thick of Milan Fashion Week and discuss went went on at the Prada show, ok? Please, no one tell Miuccia that we’re late.

I’m always relatively down on Prada bags, mostly because I think that the brand makes enough money and has enough creative ability to do way better. They make great basics, but beyond that, things tend to go a little off the rails. I’d link you to some of those examples, but you probably already know what I’m talking about all too well. Well, it looks like I’m going to be a lot happier with the brand in six months’ time, and hopefully that means that you all will be too.

Instead of the transparent vinyl and questionably bedazzled closures that we saw from the brand’s last major collection, this line of bags was much more subdued and mature. There were three types on display: first, a small shoulder bag in patent leather with contrasting trim at the strap and closure, with lines that were reminiscent of the 60s aesthetic that we saw throughout most of the major collections. Then there were a few non-leather satchels in muted multicolor prints. Finally, the best bags of the show were hewn of sumptuous woven leather, proving once and for all that it’s possible to do high-end weaving without aping Bottega Veneta. Sign me up for one of those immediately, if not sooner.

Alright, feel free to go back to remembering that Milan Fashion Week ended like two weeks ago.

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  • Graciella

    Great! I’ve been dreaming of having a bag that looks like knitwear – even better that it’s by Prada! I’m getting one of those red/black ones ASAP!

  • An4

    that’s woven LEATHER??? when I first saw the pic I thought it was wool lol
    I guess they were going for that. it looks great!

  • SFitting

    Gorgeous!! There’s a woven leather red & black clutch that I want. I also love the thick strap on the shoulder bag. Can’t wait to see them all in person. :) Droole – Droole

  • Dorian Gray

    And what about Versace? I liked their bags too…

  • Sarah

    I really like the shoulder bag and clutch, but I think the satchels are ugly. Having said that, it is great to see the runway collection looking much much better than the past ones, like the furry or crystal and plastic bags. A good step towards returning to handbag royalty.

  • atrophia

    I like 7 and 12 the best. 9 looks promising as well, depending on how the front looks.

  • Karin bag4bag

    Love the small shoulder bags, but can’t take to the woven leather. I think I would need to really see it, BUT it just reminds me of an old knitted jumper that Grandma made in those red/black contrasting colors !!

  • Sofia Nolan

    divine! great article, thanks for sharing, I might even go get me a replica Prada soon :)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    Hope the surgey went well Amanda. But I’m not diggin any of Prada’s designs lately. And I agree w/ Karin bag4bag– the red and black tote looks like something you can find in an attic that grandma took the time to make years ago. I’m disappointed in the entire collection!!!

  • Fuji

    Love the woven bags! I can actually imagine carrying one. It’s very classic.

  • longchamp

    Love the woven bag.

  • Chi

    I am NOT digging any of these prada handbags! OMG~!


  • Assiya

    Love the knitted dark red bag (fb)

  • fantehu

    truly amazing bag (fb)

  • dc

    very adorable!!!my fav.designer…love it!(fb)

  • Gelynn

    I’m loving the woven bags! (fb)

  • ceejay

    I really like the colors they are using (fb)

  • Elyse

    the colors are magnificent. I can absolutely see this being worn in real life. (fb)

  • Joyce

    i duno…i personally like LV’s designs the best. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    I don’t like the designs.

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    cutee ;D

  • Adrienne Zedella

    i like a few of them but can’t afford any! (fb)

  • happy

    just one guest

  • MAX

    Just the knided bags the rest is too painful to look at

  • Marc Samuel

    These are gorgeous. And it’s gonna be BIG in the following 6 months down the road. The FW collection is really something different. Prada merchandise rarely disappoint her customers. In fact, there are really lots of collections sold well in Asia.

    **i’m actually one of the PR employee in Asia.

  • Tracey G

    interesting…never seen woven leather (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love all of these bags! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the cute size of all of these bags! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    beautiful collection of bags! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    nopt loving the LV bags but everything else is great! (ipad)