Have you ever taken one look at a collection at handbags and thought that somehow, the designer is listening to your thoughts and plotting to make you and you alone spend all of your money on bags? It doesn’t happen often, but that’s what I felt as soon as I saw the bags from Valentino Pre-Fall 2013, which is up for pre-sale at Moda Operandi through February 3. Black-on-black embellishments, ruby studs, black-and-ruby leopard print calf hair – we’re speaking my language here.

The collection includes the Rockstud, VaVaVoom and Glam Lock shapes and details that we’ve come to expect from Valentino, but for pre-fall, they’re done in a darkly glamourous, very limited palette that evokes the idea of a femme fatale. It’s very different than the sweetly feminine looks that the brand favors for warm-weather collections, but Valentino finds a way to make the two moods feel like opposite sides of the same coin. Check out the bags in our slideshow below or head straight to Moda Operandi to pre-order both bags and shoes.

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