For the past several seasons, designers have been testing their creativity by seeing how many different ways they can create color on a handbag – matte neons, patent brights, technicolored pythons, tie-dyed leather. Print, patterns, you name it. Finally, for Fall 2012, it looks like that trend has reached its logical extreme and designers are now dotting their bags with every manner of embellishment from delicate beaded embroidery to giant, all-over ball studs.

That’s why the third day of our Fall 2012 Trend Week is dedicated to bags with Serious Embellishment, all the way from Chanel to Marc by Marc Jacobs. I particularly like this trend because it’s bendable to every personal style; no matter whether you’re super girly or tend toward punk details, there’s a type of embellishment out there for you. Also, for the budget-conscious, this is one big texture trend that won’t empty your bank account, so enjoy it while it lasts. If you’re extra-crafty, you might even be able to DIY it, but if it turns out badly, don’t tell anyone it was my idea.

Look forward to Fall 2012…

Shop the trend now…

Valentino Glamourous Floral Tote, $2695 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Car Applique Metallic Clutch, $895 via Neiman Marcus

Alexander McQueen Embroidered Skull Clutch, $2795 via Neiman Marcus

Theyskens’ Theory Tweed and Leather Shoulder Bag, $895 via Net-a-Porter

Club Monaco Olivia Frame Clutch, $119.50 via ShopBop

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