It’s one step forward and two steps back for Versace’s handbags

January 4th, 2012

Versace Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag, $1625 via Net-a-Porter

Over the past few seasons, I’ve tried to be optimistic about Versace and its bags. I’ve been a long-time skeptic of the brand’s accessories while still being a big fan of the brand’s clothing, both ready-to-wear and atelier, and it’s seemed at times that the bags were just one or two steps away from where they should be. I was hopeful.

As happens so often in life, though, my hopes have been summarily dashed by the Versace Leather Shoulder Bag. This is the kind of thing you’d find in the depths of Paris Hilton’s closet circa 2001, and we all know that’s not a compliment in even the faintest sense.

Foiled leather is an exceptionally difficult look to pull off – it almost always looks tacky and cheap, that’s just the nature of the beast. That effect is amplified by the magenta color chosen for this bag, complete with matching oversized magenta chain handle. One handle wasn’t enough, though; no, the designers also added in a woven leather handle in the same magenta foiled leather, this one far too bulky for the (thankfully) petite proportion of the bag.

Oh, Donatella. I felt like we were so close for a little while there. The Versace x H&M collaboration was great (even if the bags were the absolute worst part of it), I’ve loved the past few runway shows…why can’t you throw the bag lovers a bone? Or at least a bag not made out of ugly? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1625.

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