The funky and edgy designs from Alexander McQueen usually catch the eye. There was the Alexander McQueen Skull Clutch which paired an otherwise simple structured clutch with a skull closure. But this bag is a treat. It is a treat because I would not expect it from the likes of McQueen. The Alexander McQueen Melrose Tote is a completely wearable everyday bag, implementing a comfortable shape with green leather. The green leather jumps out and grabs your attention right away. But it is the perfect pop of color. And then open the bag up and you will find bright pink cotton lining. Ok, so it resembles a watermelon. But still, bright and fun. It is not the color combination that I am drawn to though, it is the shape. The slightly tapered top means this bag will fit very comfortably under your arm. There are double shoulder straps with an 8.5″ drop. The bag is big enough for everyday use, 16Â½”W X 15″H X 6″D. Buy through Saks for $1435.
Nothing about this bag does it for me, starting with the hardware. Actually, the hardware is what makes the bag go from whatever to tacky. And the worst part of the hardware on this handbag is where it meets the handles. It all looks and feels so wrong to me on the Alexander McQueen Bubble Tote. And it does not matter to me that this bag waltzed down the runway, the price tag and the look are not meeting my fancy at all. And really, it is hard to make a black bag tacky, but this bag to me is overly ornate and gaudy. Too much going on with the silver charms and front pockets and buckles. All in all, I give it two thumbs down. Oh, and the price really puts it in a different league, making me wonder if those of you look at it and tolerate it will not be sent into disgust after seeing the tag. Buy through Net A Porter for $$2,680.