With at least one notable exception, Valentino’s accessories aesthetic has looked just a wee bit gassed lately. In most ways, it seems as though the brand has mined the incredible intricacy of roses and ruffles to their logical ends, and it might be time to figure out what step should be taken next. And no, it’s not studs, in case the person at Valentino who conceived the brand’s Spring 2011 accessories might be reading this.

The Valentino Nymphe Garden Tote makes me think that at least one person at the brand might have the answer, though. In the face of notoriously tight-fisted construction and the apparent desire to pack as many details into one bag as humanly possible, it’s nice to see the designers go with an entirely different variation on the flower theme. Instead of tightly wound silk roses, this bag has a lightness and airiness to it that Valentino should consider incorporating into more of its accessories.

The problem with doing roses and ruffles in a seriously bountiful way is that the finished project can look heavy and bogged down very quickly if the right fabric and finishing aren’t used. The novelty of Valentino’s ultrafeminine bags has excused some of the brand’s sins in the past, but now that they’ve made that rose tote (and by “that rose tote,” I mean “every single permutation of a flower bag that could ever or should ever be made”) in more or less every color that I can think of, novelty is no longer on Valentino’s side.

Somehow, though, this bag gets it right where some of the brand’s recent efforts have gone wrong. Instead of dotting the tote’s exterior with literal flowers, the bag is instead covered with daintily dyed, delicate, light-as-a-feather petals that eventually dim to blackness at the design’s base. This end result still has the abundance and luxury of Valentino flowers, but the less literal, more interesting technique that this bag features avoids joylessness of some of its recent designs and hopefully indicates where the brand is headed. And if someone could knock that obnoxious bow off the strap, that would be great. Buy through Saks for $2995.

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  • edoardo

    It happens so manyt imes…I find very interesting, an beautiful the concept, the mind…But I find, in the end, the result so…slob, not chic and without style. Valentino is, was, the symbol of the elegance, of the Style. Today Chiuri and Piccioli create amazing dresses and shoes (they relaunched Valentino on the red-carpets) but with the bags they realize them in the wrong way. This bag looks cheap, the nuances are chic but the middle part look a bit “commercial” and shabby. The bag in its essence is poor: of material ( 3000 $ for some pieces of texture and plexiglas???!), of design (this bag are purposed bya lot of low-cost brands, of shape (where is the innovation into this bag??)


  • Emerald

    What a gorgeous feminine bag. No lumpy looking flowers this time, that’s a nice change. I do agree on the bow though, it looks so out of place.

    • dins wright

      i agree, i love this bad. makes me feel pretty and soft!

  • Lorie

    Love it! The bow – not so much. Looks like it would get in the way.

  • Vitta

    Too messy-looking. And the price – $3,000! Really?

  • Lilac

    I bought a patent leather Valentino purse from saks.com. While the materials listed sounded like top quality, the reality in person was quite different. The thousand dollar bag looked like cheap plastic (squeaked it too) and the silk lining felt like polyester. Nonetheless, I returned it in-store in the next day. I think Valentino is known for more it’s clothes than accessories these days. At 3 grand, there are a lot of better looking purses to buy.

    • Jen

      I agree – Valentino design often surpasses Valentino quality. It’s a shame.

  • Lilac

    Just wanted to add that sales people usually ask why you’re returning an item. With the Valentino purse, no questions were needed.

    • CG

      That bad?? Thanks for the tidbit. I was thinking of getting a Valentino bag; I guess I should stick to his shoes.

  • fashionwaves.nl

    wauw it’s beautyfull

  • melody

    gross! it looks so cheap. this looks like something i could buy at pearl river for $10.95

  • Stylista

    Well, you know, I love this! I love Valentino’s excessive frills and ruffles and basically anything feminine. Gosh, what I’d do to have this on the crook of my arm!


  • MizzJ

    Verry interesting. I do applaud them for stretching boundaries. This bag is kinda pretty, though I wouldn’t buy it as its too much of a novelty purse.


  • Maggie

    Too floral-y for my taste. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Does anybody else get a gothic feel from this (ipad)

  • Lola

    The normal Valentino flowers may have been stuffy and old-fashioned but this looks a bit like a mess to me. Seems like it would have to be paired with a very tailored outfit to avoid looking sloppy. (ipad)

  • Sherry

    i need to get my hands on this purse (ipad)

  • Sherry

    innovative (ipad)

  • Alicia

    I like it, it’s a work of art! (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    I actually like this a lot! Very delicate (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    agree with u, Amanda.. kick the bow out puhleaseeee!! LOL!
    the petals looks a bit contrasting between the top white and bottom black though.. as if it’s not gradually in colour.. if u get what i mean..
    should have made the toned more nicely shaded in between..
    well, at least u don’t have to worry about getting it dirty at the bottom part since it’s all black and hard to see dirt.. duhhh.. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    It is not my personal taste but it is interesting. (ipad)

  • Jen

    I LOVE this!! (ipad)

  • helen

    The flowers are so pretty. (ipad)

  • nini

    By itself, the bag looks artistic. I, however, don’t think I can ever pull it off. (ipad)

  • swati

    looks too messy …. and cheap …. not a big fan of valentino bags (ipad)

  • Emily

    Wow, that’s quite the bag. It’s an interesting variation on, as you say, the typical floral handbag. There are so many different flower styles to decorate a bag with: http://www.handbagheaven.com/blog/fun-flirty-and-floral/