Style on Trial: Marni ruffle heart handbag

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We don’t know why, but there’s something about this Marni handbag from Net-a-Porter that strikes us as just a little… creepy. We think it might because all of those red ruffles make us think of fungus, or someone’s internal organs or something else equally unlikely to be toted around on our arms. Net-a-Porter, on the other hand, are describing it as "an unexpected delight", so we’re going to just assume that we have unusually twisted imaginations this morning, and put it up on trial. What do you think: some kind of weird fungal infection gone wrong, or an utterly inspired piece of handbag design?

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13 Comments

  • April 21, 2008

    Diana

    Definitely a fashion crime.

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  • April 21, 2008

    Vanessa

    looks kinda fugly,but maybe with the right outfit can be edgy

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  • April 21, 2008

    Natasa

    i think it’s cute, and it reminds me of poppies

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  • April 21, 2008

    okjk

    Mmh. Seems like one of those ‘one-trick ponies’ or however that saying goes. It doesn’t seem very versatile as it looks as if it can only pair up very selectively with clothes.
    Haha. But somehow I can envision Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex in the City carrying something like that with an outrageously cute dress.
    But a one-trick pony nonetheless!

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  • April 21, 2008

    Steph

    It really does look like a type of fungus – all those ruffles you would find on the underside of a mushroom.

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  • April 21, 2008

    Janet C

    It looks too much like a sea-dwelling nudibranch to be taken seriously as a purse. In fact, it looks almost exactly like the one in the attached link.

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  • April 21, 2008

    Janet C

    Link didn’t seem to make it. Here it is a different way:
    http://www.sergeyphoto.com/underwater/nudibranchs/phestilla-melanobrachia.html

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  • April 21, 2008

    amelia

    I’m with Natasha – it’s like poppy petals.

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  • April 21, 2008

    Brynn

    I like it!

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  • April 21, 2008

    Han

    I think perhaps it depends on the person carrying it. If the person carrying it is the kind of person that brings to mind flowers and petals and pretty things (http://z.about.com/d/movies/1/0/F/a/Q/enchantedprem5.jpg)
    then it’s fantastic. But if the person carrying it usually wears ugly stuff usually (http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/amy-winehouse-2007-brit-awards-arrivals-fHa0mh.jpg)
    it’s pretty terrible. If you can pull it off, please do, but if you can’t please don’t, eh?

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  • April 21, 2008

    Han

    ah, shoo, links didn’t work. Sorry. I was attempting to contrast Amy Adams and Amy Winehouse.

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  • April 22, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Han – good point. I can totally see Amy Adams with this now, but for me, the texture is still creeping me out!

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  • July 21, 2008

    Sarah

    I don’t mind it. def a sjp thing… if you have the right look and confidence, it would prob look quite chic. don’t think the handle really goes well with the soft ‘petal’ characteristics though…

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