Is there ever such a thing as too many sequins? That’s probably a fashion question for the ages, and it’s not one to which I can give you a definitive answer right now. Sequins are like chocolate – in some contexts, a little goes a long way; in others, too much is never enough. Now we just have to decide into which of those categories the Valentino Shiny Petale Tote falls.

I’m still a little undecided. On the one hand, the slightly-darker-than-champagne color is neutral enough to keep a bag like this elegant. On the other hand, the layered petals might be just a bit too much when covered in such a shiny material. Texture on top of texture is hard to do, and although this bag makes a valiant effort, it seems to fall a bit short.

From a distance, when the shine appears to be a leather effect instead of fistfuls of sequins, I thought that this bag was kind of cool. I love it when designers do unusual things to make leather look special, and I was all revved up to unleash a fit of sunshine in this review. That is, until I went to the bag’s product page and it became abundantly clear that there was no special leather to be found.

Perhaps I’m deducting a few extra points for my disappointment as a result, but it just seems like a cop-out for Valentino to take a bag they’ve been doing for seasons, cover it with sequins, and jack up the price. They employ some of the most talented accessories designers in the business, and although this isn’t bad, I expect better. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2685.

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  • BLynnT

    I think it’s a bit too much. I agree that the color is wonderful, and I’ve always loved this design. The sequins… eh, I just don’t see how versatile this would be. It’s really just a LOT of sequins, and it’s too much for me.

  • Stacy

    You’re right about seeing this same bag made over and over again. They need some fresh ideas that don’t involve sequins. This is a bit over the top for me and my wardrobe

  • Kate

    I think I’m the only person who really hates this bag in all forms. (fb)

  • Gelynn

    Nice detail with the sequins but it’s a it’s a little too much (brightness) for me. (fb)

  • justa9url

    I’ve never been a fan of this bag…the big flower is just not me. (fb)

  • Natalie

    I think there’s something v. trendy and contemp. about this bag! love! (fb)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    I’m a big fan of the sequin 360… However, I can do without this style–

  • christine

    you’re right amanda, it does fall short. to me, it seems very cheap-like and although it has valentino aspects that i would normally really love, this i just do not. (fb)

  • Eric

    the bag with will really draw attention, i like this but the price is really too much, i would really love to see the inside to know what other functons it will do for me..

  • Alia

    right on the point! same thing + it looks so cheap and that color is just hideous! never been a fan of those bags! (fb)

  • karolynka

    i agree with most of the’s a bit too much – i loved the versions with studs, it was carried by mrs pratt or montag pratt or whatever in an episode of the hills..but too sparkly..a bit tacky, don’t you think so?! (fb)

  • Elisabeth

    Love the color, but I think it needs more contrast, either have the sequins only on the bag or only on the petals, not both.

  • mochababe73

    I wouldn’t pay that much for it. However, I am one of those women who believes that there can never be too much sequins. I love it! It’s beautiful, and I agree about the color. If it were is more metallic then it would crossover into the tacky range.

  • Pandor@

    Oh, dear G*d! 0_o

    Where’re Valentino’s eyes?!

  • Sofia Nolan

    extremely expensive and horrible design, unfortunately for valentino ..

  • Pat

    Valentino keeps making these predictable bags. Make it stop!

  • Lizzie

    This is actually fun, but I feel like you could get something like this from forever 21 for like 20 bucks


  • Monique

    love this (fb)

  • Beth

    I don’t know, I’m kind of sequin slut. I can’t totally hate on a sequin. Someone could definitely rock this bag and it would look incredible. I’d like to be that girl, not sure I am. (fb)

  • Rosanna

    Never been a fan of the flower design that Valentino’s been putting out, but I actually like this version better than the others. It’s certainly not worth $2700 to me, but I could see someone being able to pull this off (fb)

  • Maria

    ooh too shiny…I prefer the Petale bags in black, red, etc. (fb)

  • Lydia

    DISLIKE. What is with the popularity of this silhouette lately? The payettes or too much. (fb)

  • Su

    Love the colour and the sequins give it a futuristic feeling.. Not digging the rosette thou.. (FB)

  • Lilly P.

    It looks tacky…I don’t like at all.

  • dana

    I have seen this style on so many cheaper bags. This is not worth the money. And the sequins are ugg (fb)

  • Adrienne Challinor

    Cute! fb
    chichijunk at cs dot com

  • Jocelyn

    I like how shiny it is. It’d be a fun bag to carry once in a while! (fb)

  • Jenny

    dont like it (fb)

  • kellie wilson

    I’m sorry but I think this is hideous.. :( (fb)

  • Sheila

    Wow, I think its gorgeous, love the detailing of the flower! (fb)

  • Karen

    This is wayyyy too much. it’s almost painful to look it. It’s so old lady strolling through beverly hills. Not a fan. (fb)

  • Denise

    hmmm, I am a little unsure. I think the petals/flower on the front is a little much with that shiny of fabirc! (fb)

  • Tamee

    LOVE the color, but busy busy busy!! (fb)

  • Tiff Chao

    A little too flashy for my taste (fb)

  • Joy

    too shiny shiny bling bling for me :(

  • Paula_Rose

    I love sequins, but this looks like a bag that will be cheaply replicated and sold on the streets or in popular retail stores

    • Paula_Rose

      ack! (fb)

  • Pat

    I really like the shape, but too flashy for my taste. (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    have to be at the right place for a bag like this. waiting for an invite! fb

  • ad

    everytime i look at it, i’ll wonder why oh why is this bag looks like this? aren’t they over the roses bag already at Valentino? i need to see new beautiful things which im sure they’re very capable of producing. pleaseeeeeee.. (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    I do love sequins – give me a Coach Poppy Sequin spotlight tote anyday ! But a traditional Valentino flower in sequins is even too much for me…Too bright and tacky. (fb)

  • RGMofNYC

    This bag looks like it’s attempting to hypnotize me. And no. I’m not enjoying that effect at all.

  • Joyce


    Had to add that ‘o’ in there :P.