Valentino's eponymous line was taken over by designers from his accessories team when he retired. Which might lead you to believe that the accessories line would be the strongest in the house, but you would only be kind of right. In reality, the accessories line has been extremely touch-and-go, producing iconic bags like the Nuage, but also a lot of crap.
The Shining Roses tote sort of falls in the mid-range between the two extremes. It's certainly not ugly, but it isn't exactly an It bag, either. The rosette theme that we've seen on the Valentino bags in the past year or so is repeated here in a somewhat less interesting way than it has been in the past. I don't really mind the taffeta rosettes, but they're sort of kitschy and not particularly elegant.
The shape of the bag is simple enough to be embellished heavily, but the rosettes just aren't really doing it well. The luxurious effect that I think is supposed to be achieved by combining taffeta and leather just isn't. It looks more like a parade float than anything else. I love a parade as much as the next girl, but not on a $2,400 handbag.
Besides the taffeta, the bag is a hit practicality-wise. The leather base is sturdy and durable and the size will allow for a whole lot of errand running. But at the end of the day, you don't really need a bag this expensive to run errands in, do you? Save yourself some cash and recycle a grocery bag.
More Features Of The Valentino Shining Roses Tote
- 21" x 13" x 6" size
- 7" strap drop
- Fully lined
- Internal zipper pocket
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