There it is, the It Purse of January 2015: Valentino Rockstud Chevron Shoulder Bag.
With this stunner, I start what seems a natural and obvious section of my blog: “It Purse of the Month“. Each month, I will come up with my “It Purse” pick and present it in a short article to share with you my current fixation.
January belongs to Valentino Garavani and his mind-blowing shoulder bag in dazzling rainbow colors. How not to be obsessed?!
Classy structured shape, deluxe grained calfskin leather, sophisticated details and color explosion hold all the answers for “what’s your next bag crush?” The signature gleaming platinum pyramid studs and beautiful logo-etched pinch-lock closure make for a glam with an edge. The detachable braided chain shoulder strap that loops through two top rings can be worn two ways so that the shoulder bag becomes your “close-body” friend in the blink of an eye.
But what truly sets my heart on a roller coaster is this resplendent chevron inspired pattern and splash of rainbow hues that almost looks like an abstract artwork taken from one of the walls at the Met. Graphically arresting and visually captivating, this brilliant mix of chevron lines and horizontal stripes is worth a sin! On a cloudy January afternoon, it’s like a sudden dose of vitamin D (or rather V for Valentino) that puts a smile on your face and keeps you happy for the rest of the grey days.
How to toast this colorful purse with an outfit?
Here are few tips and suggestions.
You can pair it with an equally striking lines and/or colors for an extra graphic effect. Don’t be afraid of bold shades and dazzling stripes. We have a New Year and new rules come with it. It’s time to go beyond your comfort zone. So, be daring and try new combinations!
Contrasting lines and shades are eye-catching and new season fashion is all about being noticed. The prints become wearable art pieces that you mix and match to create your own picture perfect look. If you were reluctant to graphics before, venture into this new territory and you will be surprised to see yourself blush at the compliments you receive.
The Valentino purse will shine with any of the dresses below. Take a look.
DVF Jakarta A-Line Dress in Diamond Stripe Photo dvf.com
Bec & Bridge Zodiac Tee Dress Photo becandbridge.com
Eliza J Print Jersey A-Line Dress Photo nordstrom.com
RACHEL Rachel Roy Square-Print Halter-Neck Scarf Dress Photo macys.com
BCBGMAXAZRIA Kristina Stripe Eyelet Fit & Flare Dress Photo nordstrom.com
Alice + Olivia Clyde Print Stretch Cotton Dress Photo nordstrom.com
Diane von Furstenberg Millie Colorblock Sheath Dress Photo nordstrom.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors Striped Ponte Dress Photo neimanmarcus.com (now $52!)
If I was to pick my favorite here, I would go with Alice + Olivia Clyde Print Stretch Cotton dress that is a cubist artwork: you need to look twice! Engrossing graphics and impactful colors – blue, yellow, red- the hues of the Valentino handbag that will visually enhance this remarkable print. What do you think? And, what would you pick to go with this Valentino beauty?
Alternatively, you can choose your favorite rainbow color and base your look on it or…better! Look into your closet and see what shade is missing. Time for changes! You will see how refreshing it feels to try a color you always hesitated to wear. With this Valentino rainbow shoulder bag, there is no excuses! Yellow, orange, green, pink…pick one! Or, two.
Suboo Hexagon-Pattern Cutout Twill Dress Photo neimanmarcus.com
Cynthia Steffe Billie Lace Trim Wrap Hem Sheath Dress Photo nordstorm.com
Bec & Bridge Drifter Sleevless Racerback Dress Photo lyst.com
Kate Spade New York Demi Scallop A-Line Dress Photo nordstrom.com
Darling Candace Scalloped Lace Sheath Dress Photo nordstrom.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Asymmetric Hem Dress Photo nordstrom.com ( now $77.98!)
Looking at the color range in my closet, I see a massive storm of hues but the one that is definitely in a shortage is orange. I desperately need this Bec & Bridge dress. Besides, I am in love with the asymmetry. For that reason, my second choice would be this red Michael Kors dress with studs being an extra match to the Valentino bag. And, what color would be yours?
Don’t think I forgot about the heels! With this handbag the sky is the limit! Pick any color of this rainbow pattern and you will step onto the right line! These Valentino Rockstud 1973 Ankle Strap heels are an incontestable match but you can go for a much affordable option that will please your outfit as well as your wallet!
Valentino Rockstud 1973 Ankle Strap heels Photo valentino.com
Steve Madden Proto Pointy Toe Pumps Photo nordstrom.com
Charles by Charles David Pact Heels Photo zappos.com
Lilly Pulitzer Kat Kitten Heels Photo zappos.com
Jessica Simpson Brynn Heels Photo zappos.com
Coach Teddie Pointy Toe Pumps Photo nordstrom.com
Sam Edelman Okala Pumps Photo nordstrom.com
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Carrie Leather T-Strap Pumps Photo neimanmarcus.com
Nicholas Kirkwood Chevron Pointy Toe Pumps Photo nordstrom.com
Nine West Momentous Pip Toe Heels Photo ninewest.com (now $79.99!)
Brian Atwood Lisette Colorblock Suede Sandals Photo saksfifthavenue.com
I would be happy to slip my feet into the Steve Madden yellow heels to go with my pick of the Alice + Olivia ‘Clyde’ Print Stretch Cotton dress. Yellow is one of the vivid strokes on the dress and one of the stripe colors of the Valentino shoulder bag.
The Lilly Pulitzer Kat Kitten heels would be a playful contrast for the Bec & Bridge orange dress and they would also complement the blue hue of the purse. Notice how Valentino put blue and orange lines close together on the handbag!
The possibilities are really endless here and once again, it’s worth to go through the boxes of shoes in your closet because you probably already have a great match out there. If not, invest in a bright color that you don’t own yet or a striking black & white striped pattern that will pair well not only with any of these outfits here but also the ones to come after them. Because hey, new year fashion has just began!