Fall Bag Theory

Leandra Medine | July 18, 2012

If last season was about Celine luggage and the PS briefcase this one is about their respective infant cousins.

Every season at fashion week the death and subsequent rise of a new accessory manifests. Three seasons ago, streets were inundated with the Proenza Schouler PS1, giving more classic silhouettes a run for their utility. The following fashion week, Celine’s luggage tote and the newly launched to US consumers, Cambridge Satchel infiltrated the arms and then photos of many a show-goer. The latter came in a fairly offensive and yet utterly covetable array of neon. So long traditional black, we thought.

Last season may have seen the excess use of Celine’s Trapeze and Proenza Schouler’s PS11, knocking out the previous PS1 and luggage in a simple week’s time.

Before the new season rolls around and we can make any authoritative decisions over what will stay, what will go, I suppose it’s time we draw attention to a different couple of leather leaders, ones that can appreciate the art of packing in small, enter Givenchy’s requisite Obsedia (above,) and Valentino’s Va Va Voom (look down.)

If not because the macro-studded handle on the rectangular small purse, which could give Chanel’s 2.5MM a run for it’s chain, is particularly in tune with your aesthetic, than at the very least because it’s called the Va Va Voom and in my humble opinion that is probably the accessory equivalent to Carrie Bradshaw’s Sex and The City-built idea of tza tza tzu: fireworks at first sight. It’ll grow on you, trust. In any case, it’s silly to actually identify a bag as dead or alive–for one thing they don’t have respiratory systems–and for another, it’s offensive to assume that short seasons after dropping loads of one of these bags, it has potential to render “out.”

Should you, however, find yourself in the market for something new, why not actually try something new? There’s nothing like cultivating your own brand of it-anything.


  • Elisa

    Ohh these are sexy bags. The little red one looks simple at first, but when you take a second look you start feeling full of lust. And then the Chanel bag, that chain is TO-DIE-FOR.

    Wandering Minds fashon

    • Daisy Blok

      It’s not Chanel, it’s Valentino…

  • Reptilia

    Love the red one!! I want it!!



  • Elise and Margot

    They’re both beauties!

    x For Happy Days

  • http://www.tinacious.me/ Tinacious Me

    just gorgeous!

    ~ http://www.Tinacious.Me

  • Natali Karppinen

    The red one is simply outstanding!


  • http://www.kerrinpalooza.com/ KERRIN

    not sure if my ps11 ship has sailed yet….regardless, these are both fabulous xx

  • http://stylewithcolors.blogspot.com.au/ Style With Colors
  • Lisa Daniels
  • Maria Onorio

    JUST GREAT !!!!

    Maria Onorio

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com/ Robz

    I lurve the Givenchy joint, but I ask you Man Repeller, exactly where am I supposed to keep the kitchen sink?? 

  • abigail lind

    love the givenchy!  but gotta say i didn’t get the tza tza tzu from the va va voom.


  • monkeyshines

    fantastic picks!


  • VotreAmie

    Ahhh, the Givenchy bag is fabooossh!

  • Law Moda

    oh givenchy, how you steel my heart!

  • Um Blog Fashion

    I love the black one!



  • Anna

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, I’m so not ready for the fall though, loving the NY hot summer!

  • Cassandra Gustafson

    I’d seen the Valentino not too long ago and thought, “Wow! That’s the tits!”

  • Guest

    You are so fucking good.

  • http://in-so-mnia.blogspot.be/ Insomnia

    I’m crying for Givenchy!

  • Emilie

    Love the little red Givenchy bag – so cute!

  • Oppositelipstick
  • http://twitter.com/thankfifi wendy

    I love the tiny impractical bags, fashion not function 

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • Marina Casapu

    the red one is perfection

  • Sheisimpeccable

    Aww man, why’d you have to do that???? Now I just went and bought the obsedia bag!!!!!! 😉 


  • Kate

    I love the Givenchy one! So chic, but I think the Valentino studded bags look better in the bigger version, sadly I am not able to live with such little bags, because I always carry around a million things, tell me I am not the only one;) 
    xx Kate 


  • anon

    i generally love givenchy but the obsedia line doesn’t do it for me…a bit too gothic i think.  plus, the hardware is  too crucifix-ish…i married outside the tribe–my parents would have a coronary if i started wearing crosses now!

  • http://profiles.google.com/creepyxen xenya melnikov

    nah nah nah this red one is a fucking sexy motherfucker


  • http://stylogasm.com/ Hola! Yo soy el STYLOGASM

    The red one could part the seven seas with it’s ferocity, simply to good to be true.. or is this a dream!?


  • http://twitter.com/JennySueMakeup JennySueMakeup

    Although I do love the looksy of these small structured bags, they would be the most unrealistic accessory in the world for a mom of 3 like me to carry or own. I could buy diapers for two years for the cost of one of these puppies and only be able to carry a cell phone, pacifier, and maybe some animal crackers in them.  But it is nice to dream of the day when I don’t have to compare the cost of diapers to fancy handbags…

  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    I really don’t care if something is “it” or “non-it”(?). The red Obsedia bag is just a dream, all though I’m still a little bit more in love with the Proenza PS11! Maybe…one day…it will be mine 🙂


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694319443 Silvia Elin

    LOVELY selection, and i surely agree: new classic are fun, but not as much as NEW designs. For me it was indeed love at first sight, pure tza tza tzu-effect, when the slightly bigger obsedia came out in black last aw…now i just can’t stop obsessing over the white & the lizard..aaaaahh…
    big LOVe from Berlin,

  • rhodawong
  • http://Lolaandpaz.com/ Lola and Paz

    I love the red!

  • http://www.facebook.com/EmmaLouiseeexo Emma Louise Westbrook

    That Givenchy bag is beautiful!

  • Alimoresco

    I love this! Would look amazing with a leather jacket in the Fall.

  • saparicig

    this bags are amazing. Thanks so much for be yourself! You´re always  so creative.

    This is my blog http://rocktheoutfit.com/ and you my daily inspiration! 🙂

  • yatzitl

    i am drooling! so bold and edgy love them both!

  • http://twitter.com/nathan_niche Nathan Moy

     im not so sure about the vavavoom, defo more into the giv one, then again I’m still holding out for a color worth coveting, even though everyone’s having ‘scarlet’ fever these days, I’d steer clear away from that-

  • http://fashioniswhaticallhappiness.blogspot.co.uk/ Lauren

    Such beautiful bags…… love the red one!


  • Ireneccloset

    the red one is top!


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  • Margarida Reis

    i’m in love with the both

  • Unterhosen

    Personally these bags are faaaaaar too anal for me. When I learn to post pics on’t interweb I will show you what real bags are about. Namely, some coral leather pussy shaped thing from my local Age Convern charity shop and a sequinned busted sofa dream tardis bag that everyone in Tenerife calls “guava”

  • Unterhosen

    Actually “guapa” Doncha wish ya iPad wasn’t a word bully!?

  • http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com/ Little Red Book

    Love love both, especially the Ps1.


  • Carol Melo

    I don’t think I will be changing my PS1 for anything else so soon, maybe just  a new color

  • http://www.shoplabellaluxe.com/ Labellaluxe Boutique

    Sharp handbag!

  • Pamela

    WOW… that valentino… brb dying.

  • molly_maureen

    So so pretty. That Givenchy is just to die for. I expect it will be show up in future MR posts.

  • Djwindsor

    I was at the office the other day in a meeting when one of the sales girls walked in looking fabulous leaving for the day. As she left her satchel bag swung round and there it was staring me in the face the black version of the Givenchy Requisite Obsedia bag…the green eyed monster came out to play and I swore a bit (I can imagine) The question was would my pay packet suffice? And the pitiful answer was a BIG FAT  NO 🙁 lol

  • Omi

    I think the Celine trapeze bag can be worn for many seasons to come. The Givenchy Obsedia has been out for a while now. 

  • Elizabeth Ingber

    You are literally the most amazing writer.

  • MK

    I got an LYDC brown polka dot cambridge satchel which I’m kind of obsessed with. They’re absolutely fabulous bags and the neon ones I’ve seen I’ve coveted until I saw the price tag.

  • Rachel

    That Valentino bag is amazing

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  • http://www.stegart.com/ DD Ste

    The red one is amazing! I want it!!

    Diario Donna