First, thing first: Amanda’s going to kill me for writing about this bag before she does. Ok, now that I’ve stated what you PurseBlog readers might already know, I can move on.

As soon as I saw this Valentino Raised-Rose Tote I knew I had to write about it. I mean, look at it! It is such a statement piece. Typically I consider evening bags to be more “statement piece-y” than larger bags. But this time, let’s call a spade a spade and agree that it is a statement piece. If you reach into your closet and come out with this bag as the one you are going to carry, you know you are making a statement – a fashionable statement.

I actually love this bag so much that I’ve already mentally planned outfits I’d carry this bag with. It is simply gorgeous. Yes, the raised tonal petal detailing is in your face, but that’s the point. As I’ve already mentioned, this bag is meant to make a statement and that it certainly does. There is absolutely no way that you could go anywhere without some one staring and/or commenting on this bag. I love the nude shiny napa leather, silver hardware and buckled shoulder straps. Clearly, you’d need to pair this bag with an outfit that is rather understated so that you can let the bag do the talking, but that is doable. I’m just so thrilled to see Valentino capitalize on an ever-popular design and take it to the next level. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $1595.

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