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If You’re Looking for a Velvet Bag This Fall, Look No Further Than Valentino

Far from basic black, Rockstuds add a funky, fun touch to these velvet bags

It came on suddenly for fall 2016, and last fall it was back with a vengeance—yes, my friends, I’m talking about velvet. Whether or not this trend is as big as it was last year—was fall 2017 the climax?—remains to be seen, but one thing I know for sure is that designers are still out there including velvet bags in their fall lineups. Many are releasing fan favorites in this new fabrication, but some are designing brand new bag shapes and giving us a treat by creating them in velvet as well. This fall, Valentino gave us a treat with its new Rockstud bag: The Valentino No Limit Bag. Like the Rockstud bags of the past, I loved this bag immediately when I saw it, and when Valentino sent us options to shoot, I was super intrigued by the velvet version. Not surprisingly, I loved it in black, and when I saw it in person, I thought it was the perfect velvet bag for fall.

Like the Rockstud bags of the past and present, this bag is eye-catching and elegant. Valentino does details so incredibly well, and this brand new addition to the Rockstud line is no different. The studs are not too big, nor are they too small—they’re just right! The studs lining the bag work so well with its rectangular shape while framing the pretty black velvet fabric. The bag features a shoulder strap, which is completely studded as well, and though it’s not adjustable, it can be doubled.

The No Limit bag features a classic flap with a turncock closure that also features four Rockstuds, with one in each corner. This structured bag is fairly roomy inside, as it has two compartments that are separated by a long zippered pocket. Also inside on the back interior of the bag is a long slit pocket, and outside on the back there is a small slit pocket, which lately is my new favorite bag feature! I wish more designers would start doing this on their bags. Overall dimensions of the Rockstud No Limit Bag are 5.9″H x 8.3″W x 3.2″D, which retails for $2,445 via Bergdorf Goodman.

If you’re looking for a bag that’s been around the block a little bit more, than look no further than The Valentino Rockstud Spike Chain Bag. We’ve covered this bag in the past, and it’s a bag I loved then, and still love now in this stunning black velvet version. I’ve considered getting this bag so many times, both when it was brand new and over the last couple of years since. Something about the all-over studs really catch my eye, but I love this bag even more in black velvet. There’s just something about the combo of Valentino’s silver-toned studs and the soft black velvet that I really adore—that goes for both of the bags we shot, and if you’re into finally adding a velvet bag to your wardrobe, this would be the way to do it. The Rockstud Spike Chain Bag in black velvet retails for $2,745 via Farfetch.

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pinksky777
pinksky777
5 years ago

Are we not SICK of the studs yet??! So 2013, and even then I wasn’t excited..

Kristen Pyszczyk
Kristen Pyszczyk
5 years ago

Dang this bag loves croissants! I love the version with all over studs, and both versions remind me of Prada’s recent nylon line with the studs which I loved. After this article though I don’t think I’ll be able to look at a Valentino bag without wanting a croissant, which is good in a way because I really don’t think of croissants enough.

Shopper
Shopper
5 years ago

Totally! That’s what you get when armatures think their photography skills are as good as a pro.

Jane
Jane
5 years ago

I would like to know what happens when the studs rub up against your clothing. The look like they would snag and catch the fabric.

John Patrick
John Patrick
5 years ago
Reply to  Jane

I don’t think that’s possible. The tips of those studs aren’t as super pointed as the rockstar-ish studs. They’re flatter.

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

Isn’t velvet a magnet for dust though? I would need a stylish lint roller carrier to go with the velvet bag.

Passerine
Passerine
5 years ago

This is Valentino heresy, but I’ve never been a rockstuds fan. Nice enough but… at any rate, I was in the Valentino store at the Foxtown mall in Mendrisio and I actually liked what I was seeing there a lot better. No rockstuds, but there was more creativity and cool designs in what they were showing there rather than what I’ve seen in a “real” Valentino store. I took some photos of their bags and shoes as part of a photo tour of Foxtown that I intend to post on TPF one of these days.

psny15
psny15
5 years ago

the rock studs will always be cool but its been ages since i have seen the very talented team at valentino come up with a new bag – come on guys you can do it

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago

Lovely bag.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

Bought a black velvet Lanvin bag in 2016 when they were first coming out… never again. Corners wear away horribly. Dust and lint magnet. Although the velvet itself was very nice(I’ve seen some cheap ass velvet used on some bags) I wouldn’t spend money on that again.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

Also for $2,500 I’d rather get a Chanel WOC. At least with that I’d know I could recoup a lot of my money back if need be. Valentino has a horrible resale value.

Polkadotbird
Polkadotbird
5 years ago

Unlike many others, I love the studs – but not velvet. Too high maintenance for me at that price point (although I love the way it looks when new).

Also I agree so hard on the back pocket slip! So handy when you’re out and about! It’s one of the things I love about my Chanel flap. I use it for my train pass.

DeniseDWalker
DeniseDWalker
5 years ago

the rock studs will always be cool

MamaSleepy
MamaSleepy
5 years ago

Cute bag but the velvet would be covered in fur from my two ragdolls.

butterbox
butterbox
5 years ago

I’ve been saying that the studs are so outdated for a couple of years now. There’s only so much Valentino can do with those studs, right?

memsy
memsy
5 years ago

I love them and I still love the rock studs. No one does rock studs better than Valentino.

Aliza Zibkoff
Aliza Zibkoff
5 years ago

I LOVE velvet! But I’m such a chicken. It’s such a perishable material. That and suede. Sigh!

Dwightinha
Dwightinha
5 years ago

Loved the Rockstuds from the get-go, and still do. But not in excess. Not sure about bringing back the hopelessly unfashionable old Valentino V-logo though. He brought it back in huge buckles on wide belts on the last runway show.