Is it possible for a seasonal a.k.a. runway a.k.a. statement piece to be a classic?
I do not usually covet, nor do I need to be seen with the latest bags of the season.
But. I do sit up, stare, and act.
If the bag stops me in my tracks.
Of course, I do contemplate.
- Do I absolutely love it. Will I still love it tomorrow.
- Will I be upset if it became “the one that got away”.
- Will I wear it, or will it become another permanent resident in my “hoard forever” section in my #happybaggageroom?
- Does it offer longevity of wear, or will it get ‘dated’ too soon because it is a seasonal piece?
- Is it a collectible, or does this reasoning come across as a lame excuse as soon as I have thought it?
And I list the reasons why those seasonal pieces can be special:
- Because it is presented in a theme that resonates with us. Or simply because it’s that shade of purple that works for you. (No one knew Anemone would become such a coveted Hermès colour).
- Because it is a seasonal, or runway piece, production quantities will be limited. So there, you got me at exclusivity.
- Because it is not part of the otherwise ‘commercial’ collection, a lot more thought is put into the conception, and craft into the creation.
So what closes the deal for me?
- When I know it is a seasonal classic. Seasonal yet in a classic way. The Hermès Ghillies is a good example I believe.
- When it is unique, exclusive, and beautifully made. For I am huge on savoir faire. I love and appreciate the value of craft.
There are two bags that are in my line of sight right now, and in this post I will reveal the first:
The Valentino Garavani Rockstud Spike bag, from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
The Rockstud Spike bag style was introduced by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli in his first solo collection for the House. That Fall/Winter 2016 collection was well loved by press and clients alike, and the Rockstud Spike bag also became an IT bag designate. It did not disappoint, as fashionistas took to the bag in all the sizes it came in.
All this time, I was inert. I wasn’t sure I could pull off the punk, and truth, the closest I ever got to the infamous and outrageously popular rockstud shoes was my Valentino noir pair (black with black studs).
Many renditions of the bag came along, in different fabrications and colours.
And then this Spring, it got me at “floral”. Yes, #happybaggageloveflowers.
My order was just delivered and it is as precious as I thought it would be. The pretty appliquéd floral embroidery on the matelassé – a artisanal quilted technique – augmented by the ‘punk dotting’ studs, rock. A marriage of tradition (Valentino as I used to know it) with a contemporary street attitude.
I also hadn’t realised how versatile the bag can be, until I started taking it apart. The handle is detachable, and with a double loop of the shoulder chain, I can wear it as a shoulder bag. In this size, the bag – handle on – wears beautifully as an evening bag, in all its finery. Yet, it looks just as chic worn crossbody with ripped jeans, a white T, and white sneakers.
For those who may be keen to have a closer look, here are some vital stats:
- Valentino Garavani Rockstud Spike
- Small 20cm (W) x 11cm (H) x 6cm (D), handle drop: 4cm (it is available in 3 sizes: Shoulder bag, Small shoulder bag, and Medium/Large Shoulder bag)
- Twist-lock closure
- Super light yellow gold (colour) hardware. (yes you know how I feel about my hardware!)
You know I must be very in love, when I would take it in any shade of yellow gold.
Spring/Summer 2018 backstage images courtesy of Valentino.