Valentino's accessory designers, who took over the line after his death, have demonstrated some questionable taste the past few seasons. Sometimes their work has been amazing, and sometimes a total lackluster disappointment. Unfortunately, I think that this raffia and lace tote falls into the latter category.
I guess I should just admit that I'm not that big a fan of raffia to begin with. I think it should be reserved for baskets, but that's a personal opinion. I do, however, usually love the combination of nude and black lace. But here the color is just off, and it makes the whole endeavor look cheap and mass-produced.
Plus, even if I were a fan of raffia, I'm not sure it works combined with lace. The textures compete in a way that just isn't successful. The shape of the bag is fine, if a little boring, but the details are really not well though out. The patent leather handles, for example, are just too shiny for the rest of the bag. They jump out at you in a way that handles just shouldn't unless they are truly spectacular. The little bow is the last nail in the coffin for me. It takes what could have been a simply sweet bag into the toothache category.
At $1,395, this tote is a total ripoff. Poor Valentino, what have they done to your line?
More Features Of The Valentino Raffia And Lace Tote
- 15" x 11" x 6" size
- 7" strap drop
- Fully lined in black satin
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