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Love It or Leave It: The New Valentino Bloomy Bag

Posted On: Aug 7, 2018   |   Posted By: Purse

In everyone's career, there's probably something you got wrong or did wrong that you look back on from time to time. Because I write about handbags, my thing is the Valentino Rockstud. When the line first debuted on the runway, I didn't like it at all and said so in my review. I still don't really like it! Yet here we are, the better part of a decade later, and the Valentino Rockstud has proved to be one of the most successful accessory ideas of the past 20 years.
I felt sure the Rockstud wasn't going to catch on-the market was at the tail end of a huge studding trend, and it seemed like exactly the wrong time to launch a range of accessories whose entire aesthetic identity was predicated on studs. Some of the shoulder bags-the VaVaVoom line in particular-had weird hand slots that I couldn't imagine anyone using (and still, to this day, I doubt they were used with any regularity by the people who owned those bags). My negative opinion had a strong basis in fact, but Valentino sold a zillion Rockstud bags...

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