[ Julia Restoin Roitfeld & The Muglerette. photos by David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com posted on the ShopBopBlog]
When looking for inspiration, I often find myself turning to the strange and unusual. Let’s face it, there is nothing more fun than writing about quirky handbags. By exploring how others (in this case, handbag designers) express themselves, I think we can all learn more about ourselves. Or, at the very least, get a good giggle out of it. And some designers are just really good for that. Marc by Marc Jacobs, anyone? Who doesn’t like his whimsical doodles? It is no wonder that the bag you see pictured here immediately caught my eye. But wait, that is not the handy work of good ol’ Marc. Meet the Mugler Muglerette Bag!
Yep, the doodles on this handbag look very Marc-ish. But this is actually the handy work of Nicola Formichetti. The Italian/Japanese fashion director and fashion editor was appointed creative director of the Parisian fashion house Mugler back in 2010. However, Formichetti is probably more widely recognized for his Nicopanda collection. Now it appears as though he is trying to unite the two in the form of a handbag. The handbag itself has a nice design. I love the simple structured shape, which is composed of stiff calfskin leather. I also like the classic flap styling and short top handle. The body is covered with little panda character doodles. The doodles are cute and I like the way the hot pink pops against the black background. But… I think they distract from the classic style of this handbag. Personally, I think it would look nicer without. Plus, with such a steep price tag, I don’t see this handbag as a practical item for the younger bagista either.
Retails for $1945