Which Trend Were You Wrong About?

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Valentino Rockstud Bags

I’ve never liked admitting when I’m wrong about something, but when that something turns out to be a thing I enjoy that I had originally hated, that softens the blow a little bit. When it comes to handbags, the first things on that list are the Valentino Rockstud Bags.

When Valentino’s uber-successful line first debuted, it was with VaVaVoom bags during the brand’s Spring 2011 runway show. Valentino had been searching for its accessories identity for seasons, and it was beginning to feel like the brand’s then-fairly new creative directors might not find their groove. It felt like studs had been all over everything for years on end, and the finger-slips at the front of the VaVaVoom just didn’t quite make sense to me. (They still don’t, really, but the rest of the line is good enough to excuse it.)

A lot of you agreed with me in the comments on that initial review, but somehow, Valentino went on to tweak and expand the collection, making me and thousands of others into believers over the intervening three years. They’re surpassed “trend” and now seem like they’re headed toward “classic” – a bag that the brand can tweak and reissue to great customer response for years to come. I’m glad I was wrong about them.

Which bag or trend did you dismiss at first, only to come around to it later? Let us know in the comments.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 8

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Bag Deals August 8

Good morning and happy Friday to all! Normally I wouldn’t be this peppy at 10 a.m., but today is bag deals day, so things are different. Below, we’ve got the finest assortment of sale bags we could find on this here Internet, including a totally gorgeous, exotic Valentino bag that we think is a must-see for everyone.

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How to Wear it: The Multicolored Valentino Rockstud Sandal

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Add a little bit of pink, a little bit of red, a splash of green and loads of Rockstuds, and what do you get? The Valentino Multicolor Rockstud Pump, that’s what. We first got a glimpse of this multicolor design a few months ago when Emma Stone stepped out wearing a pair. As much as I love anything and everything Rockstud-related, I wondered how I would wear this shoe if it somehow magically appeared in my closet.

If someone placed these beauties in my closet, I would make them the focal point of my ensemble, because this autumnal shoe makes a statement all on its own. I chose to keep my outfit slouchy and sleek, just adding a simple necklace to jazz things up. Since the Internet is now my closet, why not throw in the matching Rockstud shopper for some extra arm candy to match whats going on at my feet? Now to get my hands on a pair of these shoes, and I’ll be all set!

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Love It or Leave It: The Valentino Neon Crystal VaVaVoom Bag

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Valentino VaVaVoom Neon Crystal Shoulder Bag

We’ve spoken a bit about Valentino’s aggressive love for neons, but the Valentino VaVaVoom Neon Crystal Shoulder Bag may be the clearest indication yet that someone in the brand’s accessories department may have eaten too many magic mushrooms before conceptualizing the Spring 2014 accessories collection. At $3,095 via Net-a-Porter, this bag has a pretty steep price tag for something that skews so youthful. Tell us whether you’d love it or leave it in the comments below.

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Valentino Gives Us All a Reminder That It’s More Than Just Rockstuds

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When a brand has a standout hit like Valentino has with its Rockstud bags and shoes, it can be hard for the average consumer to look beyond that and notice the depth of the brand’s offerings. Balenciaga often has that issue – everyone loves the Motorcycle Bags, and because they became so synonymous with what a Balenciaga bag will look like, some great pieces tended to get pushed to the margins and left relatively unappreciated. With his new Balenciaga Le Dix, Alexander Wang looks to be making sure that the face of the new Balenciaga is one that he’s created. In that spirit, it seemed only appropriate that the Valentino Intricate Soutache Tote got some love of its own, separate from the rest of the Valentino seasonal collection.

Valentino isn’t trying to take the spotlight off its Rockstud bags in the same way that Balenciaga is trying to take a non-Motorcycle step, of course, but I do appreciate that the brand’s accessories crew restrained itself from adding a studded element to these bags in some way, as Valentino does with nearly all of its accessories. I love Rockstuds as much as (if not more than) the next girl, but not everything needs to be Rockstudded. The ornate, tonal piping on the bag’s front panel is as close to leather filigree as anyone will probably ever get, and the subtly luxurious treatment is a perfect representative of the Valentino aesthetic.

On top of that, this bag wasn’t intended just to be admired – with its generous size and two handle options, the Soutache tote is clearly a workhorse. “Pretty” and “functional” don’t often meet in the middle, and the combination should make this bag a customer favorite. If you needed proof that Valentino isn’t just a one-trick Rockstud pony, this should do the trick. Unfortunately, it comes with quite the price tag.

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