My affection for Valentino Fall 2012, a collection from a brand whose runway bags I often don’t love, seems like part of a wider trend for the season. Specifically, if you’re a bag lover, Fall 2012 is going to be chock full of beautiful things for you to lust after and a few that you may actually end up buying and carrying, either for the season for for years afterward. In the three years that I’ve been covering accessories for this site, I can’t remember another season where I saw so many lovely handbag options on the runway.

Valentino, like countless other designers so far, made its handbag statement in black, first and foremost. Red and pale pink also popped up here and there, but most of the bags were shrouded in different textures of darkness, from intricate beading to soft pony hair. All of the usual Valentino suspects were there – big, roomy Rockstud Totes, little flap bags with the studs encrusted in tiny crystals – but somehow, the black made it all feel new again.

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  • camilla

    I agree 100% with you. Usually I do not like all the bows that Valentino use to cover their bags, but the rockstud-series were (and are)a bags I would have bought.

  • Fashiondoesntexist

    Every season Valentino improves its collection of accessories and that’s amazing, these bags with studs are just gorgeous!

  • lori

    These bags are stunning!  

  • 19yearslater

    I wish the models were wearing different colors than their bags, it’s hard to see the details this way! 

  • Marie Martell

    oh good lord.. my credit card statement just went up…