As of late, Valentino’s aesthetic has been very specific: a whole lot of ladylike, a little bit of edgy and totally luxurious. The formula has worked like few have in the same time period; the brand’s Rockstud bags and shoes have become favorites of everyone from high-powered Conde Nast editors to burgeoning personal style bloggers, and the relatively few permutations of the look have remained popular for seasons on end; no small feat in the increasingly fast-paced, Internet-saturated world of fashion. Now Valentino seems ready to move into its next phase, and that phase has brought us the Valentino Rockstud Camo Foulard Tote.
Valentino was among the first fashion brands to embrace the now-ubiquitous camo trend, so perhaps the most surprising thing about this tote isn’t its print, but its garishness. The brand generally does an astute job of figuring out exactly how to tiptoe up to the line of trendy without becoming crass, but this design, with its fad-driven mix of camo and neon, seems to land squarely on the other side of that line. The shape is nice, and definitely in fitting with the industry’s move toward a more considered sense of minimalism, but what’s happening atop it has gone a bridge too far. If you disagree, pick one up on pre-order for $1,695 via Neiman Marcus.
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