Let’s be honest, there has not been much praise from the PurseBlog team given to Versace. And it is kind of sad, because Versace is one of the most well-known design Houses alive. Today I have found a Versace bag that still will not appeal to many, but has some aspects that are totally quirky but alluring for me. I’m ready for the comments saying otherwise (and hopefully some that agree with me).

The bag I will be reviewing today is the Versace Block Color Python. We first see bold eye-catching colors that stand out, including turquoise, yellow, and white python offset by tan leather panels. And then there are studs. And a chain strap. And everything seems to get a little overwhelming. That is what Versace does though, create bags that are entirely packed with color and design elements that can be seen as over-done. Yet somehow this bag works for me.

I don’t doubt that even looking at this bag, the elements may appear to be overdone. But they are over-done just right, not overly-done. And I can handle it. And I even want to wear it with a pair of jeans and button up blouse. I always talk about jeans, because I literally almost always will be found in jeans. No lie there. And when you are a jean and simple top wearer, your handbag is allowed to be ornate and is allowed to add pizazz to you outfit.

This collection from Versace is inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The use of color and panels makes sense, though I am not remembering many pastel hues from the movie. Nevertheless, the small bag with the long chain handle is all the rage right now. Versace prices are always on the high end of the spectrum, as it is with this bag. Buy through Net A Porter for $2,895.

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  • Jenna

    I like it as well, but doubt I could pull it off. Its definitely a conversation piece! (fb)

  • ela

    this would be a nice if the outfit is casual or simple. i also like the color combination but the price is too much for the design, but hey it’s a versace.

  • Anilu Magloire

    Oh, no, no, no, No!

  • Emily

    No. No-no. Too much happening! Too many colors!Where does one where such a bag (fb)

  • hoofbeats95

    Kind of looks like a pinata! (fb)

  • 19yearslater

    The Alice inspiration makes sense. I do kind of like this. It would look good with a really simple, neutral jeans and cardigan outfit or an all-out Alice costumy outfit and I can’t imagine much in between so I wouldn’t own this bag, but I do appreciate the art of it.

    • Same here. I am not going to buy it, but I appreciate the art of this bag and can imagine it working for certain outfits/ensembles

  • April C.

    Not for me..too much goin’ on.

  • Butterfly36029

    I Looove this bag! I was looking at it this morning…yes it’s over done but it still works for me for some reason!

  • BLynnT

    Megs, you are definitely right that a simple outfit would be needed to take a backseat to this bag, but I can see how it might fit in, say, in Miami or somewhere with an equally colorful reputation (and warm climate). Certainly not a versatile bag though, and that price tag is a bit much for a piece that seems to be pretty limited.

    • Yes, totally agree. Seeing as how I live in South Florida, I can see it being worn quite a bit more here than in other areas.

  • SisiEko

    I think I like it! It definitely would be on very basic attire: Jeans and T shirt:) (fb)

  • BLynnT

    forgot (fb)

  • April C.

    I agree with Megs..definitely am not going to buy it but can appreciate the art of the bag. Kudos for the gals that can rock this! woot-woot (fb)

  • cge

    Megs!!! I saw this this morning on net-a-porter and you know what instantly popped into my head….”Oh, I wonder what Megs is going to say about this ghastly beast?!” And lo and behold, we clearly had the same reaction when we saw it! This bag is far too “out there” for me, as are all Versace bags. I prefer simpler, understated bags.

  • Sofia Nolan

    I love the colors, gorgeous bag

  • Cerise

    It’s way to over the top for me. But, I like simple bags. Plus I am not sure I would spend that kind of money on it. NOW, if it showed up on my doorstep, I think I could make it work with something…(fb)

  • Jun

    I like the shape and the colors, but if Versace had limited it down to two colors instead of four, plus the metals, this bag would be a lot cuter. (fb)

  • CC

    The shapes and textures are really nice, and quite cute. If this wasnt so colourful it would be pretty good.

    This looks like a bag appropriate for a child

    But for that price? No thanks. (fb)

  • James

    It looks like all of the colors in my grandparents house in the 1960’s. They got together and had a party on this, “way too expensive” bag. I think it is hideous and Versace should be fined for what they are charging for it!

  • Theresa W

    Wow…this bag is WAY too much…in every sense! lol…looks a lot like the Fendi Compilation bag too… ;) (fb)

  • rae

    One of my favorite color combos! If I had money to burn, it’d be mine!

  • christel

    Yeurkkkkkk! (FB)

  • loveclassic

    bwaaahaha this bag is so Ugly and tacky,I will never get Versace never ever.

  • Terri

    I’m searching for something nice to say about this bag, but just can’t seem to find the words!

  • tadpolenyc

    gah! it’s assaulting my eyes!

  • Irene

    I love it. The price is a bit steep. 1000 less, I’d definitely buy it!

  • Hellena

    I saw it in NAP and thought “what were the buyers thinking??!”…. then again they also sell the Judith Leiber stuff…yikes…(fb)

  • Jane

    I love it!! I think it is so sweet and adorable. I would love to wear it with jeans, or a dress, some shorts really anything. The bag will be the center piece to your look. I love it. A must have for spring. (fb)

  • Mama M

    Not my style, and there is too much going on. On the bright side, there isn’t any turquoise fur on it! My main objection to all things Versace is the outrageous price. On their 2 hour, 50% off sale today, NM featured a Versace cotton, leopard-print T-shirt. The original price was $900!!! For a cotton T-shirt! That’s just wrong.

  • Celeste

    I like it a lot! Would love it completely if it had some pink in there. But I do agree the price is steep for such a “non-standard” bag.

  • Ann

    Well, this bag will certainly make people talk about it. Not my kind of bag though (fb)

  • JuliW

    To me it seems the bag colors and shape were designed last year and the team tossed a coin to decide whether to add yellow ruffles or yellow fringe, sort of an afterthought in case they are in this spring.
    And those ruffles are unfortunate because I think this bag would really be hot without them. I definitely love the color combination and think there are different ways to incorporate the yellow. I think I see yellow leather “X”s on either side of the handle; they could have gone that way or changed the tan to yellow.
    Also, IMO this would have to be a very small bag because only a giantess would be able to pull it off in medium or large sizes, even with a plain outfit. I would love the bag without the addition of ruffles with the outfits described. Very zippy and springy!

  • Leslie

    I actually thought it was cute as soon as i saw it. I really dig bright colours and I love yellows and blues. I agree that a simple outfit with it would go well but like the other comments the price is kind of high. Maybe if it went on sale I would think about it. I really like how the yellow part looks woven, such a mixture of textures.


  • Tamee

    It’s so busy it makes my eyes hurt! Too much going on! (fb)

  • Rosanna

    A little too much going on for my taste, but I do think that the colors are pretty together and the different details make the bag interesting. This would be cute for a summer outfit (fb)

  • justa9url

    It looks overdone to be. It’s a very busy bag. (fb)

  • Mai

    Yuck! (fb)

  • atrophia

    I actually like it. The turquoise color immediately popped out at me, the vibrant yellow is a nice contrast, the tan balances it out, and I’m digging the chain strap. It looks sort of like a magician’s pouch, made of dragon skin.

  • Debbie

    I can definitely see how it’s influenced by Alice in Wonderland. Like the bright colors, but would like it more if there wasn’t the yellow ruffles on it. Not for me, but I like it overall. (fb)

  • Gelynn

    I love bright colors but seeing them together changed my mind. (fb)

  • hect

    o my i mean i get it yes versace is what it was i mean it survives becauseof nostalgia and ill give them credit for attelier versace divine but truly i just dont feel where they are going and i dont think that as an image a company aname even are theu in the position to e so over the top extreme i miss over the top sbtle form versac like the safety pin dress on liz hurley or the barroque patterns and so on i guess for me versace went away that day in miami and it never truly came back im not loving it .

  • Abraham

    This is tres tres chic! Been following you for almost a year now, I think you need to add proper credits as to where you took your photos from. Cheers!

  • Audrey H.

    Def not for me, but I can see it being worn by some. (fb)

  • MizzJ

    Ugh seriously people, this has got to be one of the ugliest purses I’ve ever seen!! It is just tacky all over, I’m sorry.

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  • mochababe73

    That’s alot of money for such a small bag. I understand that it’s labor intensive, but…
    Anyway, if money were no object, I would buy it. However, I would make sure that my outfit was a solid color so that the bag would shine.

  • Jane

    that bag is one hot mess it’s hideous. (fb)

  • HandbagReport

    I love the color combination and all the details!

  • Tanya

    All the great colors for sping/summer-very very chic. (FB)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    This is quite disappointing!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ingerid Prebensen

    This bag is a mess!

  • Dorian Gray

    Sorry ladies but at this moment this Versace Bag in already SOLD OUT on Net a Porter!
    Maybe your tastes aren’t always the RIGHT taste!
    ps. however the bas is also available in white/black, pink/yellow/light brown as seen on the catwalk show.

  • Jessica

    i’m not feeling that bag at all :( i’m not into the shape, colors, or patterns all combined like that…

  • Christine

    A python gave its life up for that?! (FB)

  • Jess

    I completely agree with Christine! It’s unfortunate that any creature had to die for this bag. (fb)

  • LaToya

    I like the colors but not the shape. Its cute.(fb)

  • Triniti

    The Russians will love it! Viva la MOSKVA! (fb)

  • Lydia

    When I look at this bag, the only thing I can think of is “too much”. Too much texture, too much indecision, too much overthinking. I am all for a concept bag, but this one is too far out of my comfort zone. (fb)

  • Ashley

    Not sure if I like this. It’s definitely different, but I’m more of a classic style girl. Those simple yet elegant purses never go out of style. (fb)

  • Cate

    not a fan….(fb)

  • Maria

    I really like it! <3 colorblock bags, like the Hayden Harnett Clara (fb)

  • Marissa

    I do NOT appreciate this bag at all. It has too many colors, too many patterns, and THEN to top the craycrayness there are grommits and hardware! It def has too much going on for anyone with symptoms of ADD!!! I do <3 the teal though:) I think teal is the color of spring.

  • Marissa

    I do NOT appreciate this bag at all. It has too many colors, too many patterns, and THEN to top the craycrayness there are grommits and hardware! It def has too much going on for anyone with symptoms of ADD!!! I do <3 the teal though:) I think teal is the color of spring.


    I don’t like this bag at all (fb)

  • Roxanna

    I like the teal and tan but this looks like a bag that should be found in the jungle. (fb)

  • samia

    Really cute (fb)

  • kellie wilson

    I adore that Rebecca Minkoff bag. I would be hesitant to buy it though because I think this is a trend that just won’t last long!

  • kellie wilson

    I meant to add an fb to above post :) thanks!

  • Natalie

    Oh, that’s just not a cute bag. I don’t like python to begin with, but those colors just make it worse. (fb)

  • Lilly P.

    I don’t know if I like it or hate it… it is just so weird. (fb)

  • Lauren H.

    I like the strange color combination, but not the diff combination of materials and such.


  • teresa smith

    I really like this purse but may be a bit small for me unless I use it as just a going out purse. Why does everything I like sell out???? (fb)

  • mochababe73

    I like the purse as well. It would great against a black or white out fit. The handbag is definitely not going to be for everyone. However, if one was to wear this bag, it would have to be the star of the show.

  • Kitty (fb)

    Very different – I think I like it!

  • Signe

    omg, that is one ugly bag! (fb)

  • OT

    something is wrong with this one….(fb)

  • lily

    cute, but way too much. (fb)

  • Swags

    If it only it was oval. You’d have the perfect Easter egg purse. (fb)

  • Ellen

    I actually really like it! (fb)

  • Kendra

    I could never afford this but I love it! (fb)

  • Gorgeous

    i love this bag. its different, love the color choices, even though i hate yellow, the colors work well together. love the textures and the studs. just wish it wasnt so small. i like big bags. =] (fb)

  • ad

    oh my, it looks like a guess handbag! urrggghhhh (fb)

  • ceejay

    no thankyou :( (fb)

  • Ashley

    This is diffrent im not to sure i really like this its kinda odd(fb)

  • Paula

    Only one word…..SWEET!! (fb)

  • Nick

    Kinda reminds me of Viktor&Rolf Spring/Summer 2010, no?

  • Debyedo

    I really dont like this one…it’s just tooo much (fb)

  • Sher77

    Hot mess.

  • kylie

    im on a fence with this bag… i dont know if i like it or not… true, if worn with a simple outfit, i’d imagine it would look very nice

  • kylie

    im on a fence with this bag… i dont know if i like it or not… true, if worn with a simple outfit, i’d imagine it would look very nice (fb)

  • dendoo

    i ADORERRRE this. a. dore.

  • Reece

    umm didnt RM make this bag already, accept it was 1/10th the price and less fussy looking LOL!! (fb)

  • Kristine

    I love this one. Super sweet :)

  • Kristine

    I love this one. Super sweet :) fb

  • Elyse

    there is too much going on here! It was a good idea in theory – but I think it kinda failed (fb)

  • Nancy

    The day I spend nearly $3,000 on a stupid purse is the day I go straight to the insane asylum.

  • Marie

    Agree. Only Versace could make it work SO well. I’m all over python bags, in general, but when my friend described this one to me, I was picturing something really tacky. Instead, I got a glam, edgy purse. Great summery feel to it, too. The colours are exquisite. Great job, Donatella! You sure know how to work ‘too much’.

    • Dorian Gray

      I’m with u Marie, Donatella 4 ever!

  • Marie

    Agree. Only Versace could make it work SO well. I’m all over python bags, in general, but when my friend described this one to me, I was picturing something really tacky. Instead, I got a glam, edgy purse. Great summery feel to it, too. The colours are exquisite. Great job, Donatella! You sure know how to work ‘too much’. (fb)

  • Eric

    i am a little distracted by the colors and i feel that it failed to make a statement.. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    It looks like a toy bag.

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    expressive and out there
    like it! ;P

  • Adrienne zedella

    i wouldn’t have anywhere relevant to go with a bag like this. not in any circles. fb

  • Tiff Chao

    Not sure what’s going on here. The colors are great but just not together. (fb)

  • Moonchild

    I really love this bag! :-)
    It certainly is a statement and it’s very unusual. :-)

  • Tracey G

    Wow..interesting bag (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Interesting colors but a bit too bright for me (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Not loving this bag (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    A bit too much going on–not loving all of the colors (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    looks like a bag you would see in sex and the city (ipad)

  • AW

    LOVE THIS! The price is very steep for a tiny bag but considering all the elements and the color, it’s quite a little treasure.