For today’s installment of our Fall 2012 Trends Week, we’re actually bringing you two, two, two trends in one! Calf Hair and Velvet were both all over the accessories on the Fall 2012 runways, and although I was initially tempted to split them up, talking about them together makes more sense. They’re both soft, low-pile materials that have rich visual and tactile texture, and they can both look incredibly expensive when used correctly.

Chanel’s collection made the biggest velvet statement of the season, using the material in saturated jewel tones on the lust-worthy Boy Chanel bags. Calf hair, on the other hand, looked best in the Tangerine Tango iteration of Mulberry’s much-loved Alexa bag. In general, velvet is a more difficult material to pull off than calf hair, so unless you’re going for the gold with one of Chanel’s bags, use caution. Or just use calf hair, which almost always looks chic and polished.

Look forward to Fall 2012…

Shop the trend now…

Mulberry Bayswater Calf Hair Bag, $3150 via Net-a-Porter

Valentino Panther Tote, $2950 via Net-a-Porter

J.Crew Spectator Satchel, $895 via J.Crew

3.1 Phillip Lim Abichi Calf Hair Bag, $625 via Net-a-Porter

Milly Samantha Velvet Clutch, $265 via Net-a-Porter

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  • suz

    Calf hair…eeww…something creepy about it.  I have dogs who shed…who needs a purse that sheds…

  • klynneann

    I swore off velvet a long time ago…

  • suz

    I get it…..the velvet collects the shedding calf hair (and every other stray hair and piece of lint….)

  • Lain

    Grrrr…The Valentino Panther Bag is awesome! Sadly, calf hair bags don’t “wear” well and often take on a scruffy look if you even mistreat them a little bit. I especially like the little yellow Chanel cute!!

  • Julie_gallaher

    Extremely amazing bags! So elegant to wear. The colors are perfect!