Valentino Shining Flower Tux 360 Tote

Gossip Girl was a repeat last night, and you do not even want to hear the string of profanity that came out of my mouth when I realized the kind of shenanigans that they were trying to perpetrate on me, and right before the holidays and everything. Don’t they know who they’re dealing with here?!?!

Ahem. Well, even though this all means that we can’t have a Gossip Girl recap, it doesn’t mean that I still can’t make a post that’s tangentially related to the show. I can and I will! And it just so happens that the Valentino Shining Flower Tux 360 Tote, which was the subject of a major plot point during Trip Vanderbilt’s election a few weeks ago, has now become available for pre-order.

And really, I think you need a bag this bombastic in order to inspire major primetime subplots. It’s looking a tad cheesy in these pictures, but based on what we saw on the show and how I bet it would look in person, I think this bag is completely gorgeous and really unique – something that Valentino manages to pull off again and again.

In fact, the folks at Valentino may be the most innovative designers on the high-end bag marketplace, and seeing what will come out every season from them is one of my favorite parts of that very special new handbag time of year. They may not match everyone’s personal style, but the attention to detail that goes into some of their more intricate bags is head and shoulders above almost every other manufacturer on the planet, and they’re more willing to experiment with materials and embellishments than anyone else. The textural combination of sequins, ruffles, and crystals on this bag is definitely an attention-getter, and I love that they go all the way with their looks instead of trying to stay mediocre to expand their prospective audience. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $4495.

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  • JenG

    Sorry, but this one is ugly! And the cost for it too much!

    • nefertiti81


  • naked_lunch

    this bag is a mess. the fact that blair almost attacked the escort over it makes me question her taste level. that, and she wore tights as pants in last week’s episode! that’s not something blair waldorf does! the girl’s on a downward spiral.

    • cx

      People keep getting this messed up. The quote from 1st season was not “tights are not pants”. It was “Pants are not tights”! Which means something completely different.

  • Jane

    I would love to see the bag in person. I want to touch all of the intricate details and textures of the bag. I want to see how it was constructed. I like the bag mostly for its risk taking, I am so tired of simple leather bags. Go Valentino.

  • Pandor@

    What.The.Hell.Is… THIS?!

    Are they all crazy at Valentino now? Is “Histoire Bag” the only decent thing we’re going to see?


  • Ingerid Prebensen

    No, no, NO!

  • Elaine

    I was DEVASTATED about GG last night. What a disappointment and BS.
    Anyway, I love Valentino in general, but I’m not a big fan of this bag. There’s too much going on!

  • dacs

    Good concept, poorly executed.

  • Handbag Lover

    NO, wrong move!

  • PhotoGirl

    Total hideousity.

  • Beth

    I’ve been waiting for weeks to use the phrase “hot mess” and now I finally have the occasion to do so. That bag is one hot mess. $5000 of overdone, and it’s not even pretty!

  • EL

    Big NO..!

  • nefertiti81

    To be honest, what were they thinking?

  • Marissa Cooper

    Boo no Gossip Girl this week. The bag is has a fresh look in the bag category, but no thanks.

  • Sweet Pea

    As Simon would say, “Horrendous”!!

  • Terri

    Looks like something Tammy Faye would have had ( too over the top )! Ugh!!!!!!!!

  • zoekong

    this bag can not use in many occasions

    • Pandor@

      I can think of one. For example,… a painful fire?

  • papertiger

    Can you hear me? I’m crying. This is a fist in the face of fashion history and complete disregard for all Mr Valentino’s beautiful creations over the years- I dare not show this to Mother she would be inconsolable. What are ‘they’ doing to this once wonderful label???

  • otter


    • bisbee

      I totally agree!

  • Michael St. James

    What the fug?!?

  • cx

    maybe without the shiny.. stuff in the middle i would like it better.

  • Karin

    Talk about mixed messages! What is it trying to be? Satin, sequins, diamonds, ruffles… You can have too much of a good thing.

  • luce

    pure fuggery.

  • Mochababe73

    Okay, this bag is a boiling, hot mess. There is waaaay too much going on with it, and there’s nowhere for the eyes to rest. I think if the sequins and crystals were gone and just left the rosettes with the bow, it would have been a really nice bag. As is, it’s not worth the price.

  • hiptownrose

    Ditto the hot mess. I like a bag that is coherent, and that is anything but.

  • andreab

    THE BAG IS ACTUALLY NICE. You guys just don’t know how to carry it. That’s why. ;)