Or do they? A prim, ladylike yet light, slouchy bag may sound like somewhat of an oxymoron, but Rochas proves that proper and casual can work in harmony. The house designed their Fall 2011 collection with one word in mind, a word that often comes out of bag snobs mouths: chic. It turns out Rochas’ sense of chic is feminine, low-key, and not too serious.
I love the smooth shape of the clean lines, via a hard frame-top and soft body; that slight slouch ensure it not so rigid and serious. Just driving the point home that this isn’t your average frame purse, this one opens all the way up into a roomy satchel (unlike most which have limited accessibility). In brown, it’s a fall classic; in camel, it’s got a refreshed allure to it. I’m not sure the original price had me sold, but now that it’s on sale? We have a keeper. On Luisa Via Roma for $1,385 (from $1,979).
Pair with: A little rock-star studding will reinforce the cool slouch of this semi-ladylike bag, and toughen it up just a tad. With a chic shape, Christian Dior doesn’t do studs like the rest of them. These slashed platform booties are dotted with itty-bitty golden studs for a fluidly allover effect.