Nina Ricci Irrisor Bag: The Shape of Things to Come

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Nina Ricci Irrisor Bag

I never thought a flat bag would appeal to me. After all, structure and interesting details are both literally and figuratively what give an accessory depth. But after lugging one heavy bag after another dangling with silly nonsense, I found myself seeking a sleek bag that packs well, is easy to store, and won’t cause my shoulders to slump in awkward discomfort for the summer. Conveniently enough, Guillaume Henry had exactly the same idea in mind. His latest design for the House ofNina Ricci, the Irrisoricon tote, is about as simple and clean as a bag can get. And lightweight to boot. Elongated handles and shape with slightly curved edges, the classic tote gets a modern yet feminine update.  In comparison to fur balls, eye balls, and monsters (all of which I still adore), this is a pleasantly sophisticated alternative. But is it practical? Mais, oui! I tested out all three sizes of Nina Ricci’s new shape and discovered endless possibilities for the most versatile tote of the season. Here’s how I’ll be carrying each size…

For Day
The lightweight medium size fits my iPhone and MacBook perfectly. It’s like a laptop sleeve with handles. There’s also an interior pocket so that my iPhone won’t get scratched banging on the MacBook (Yes, I think about these things). Dimensions: 12″ w x 15” h. From $850 and up here..

For Night
The small size just begs to be taken out on the town on casual summer nights when your crystal-embellished hard case clutch feels awkward. Walking into a party with a brightly colored flat bag swinging on your arm or shoulder shows that you’re cocktail savvy, a quality that gives you the ability to roam around with rosé and hors d’oeuvres in hand all night (both of which are essentials, of course). More about styling this bag in Part Deux this weekend. Dimensions: 10″ w x 13″ h. From $690 and up.

For Weekends or Travel
I love the large size! Thanks to a hidden gusset on the bottom that allows the bag to expand, this weekender holds everything you actually need without any of the bulk. I recently took it to the movies after a day by the pool; I had a change of clothes for my son, my trusty Hermés cashmere shawl (it’s always freezing indoors during the summer months), and multiple snacks – because I am Chinese and in case of emergency, never leave the house without enough food for two. Dimensions: 16” w x 15” h. From $1150 and up.

See more Nina Ricci Irrisor Bags at Barneys New Yorkicon.

Nina Ricci Irrisor Bag
I have my laptop in the medium size day tote, can you tell? I went to lunch like this, excused myself to the ladies’ room to respond to an urgent issue that the iPhone could not handle, and no one was the wiser. In case you’re wondering, I am wearing Rosie Assoulin topicon, House of Holland jeansicon, and the London denim platform sandals from Michael Kors (sorry it’s sold out).

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Nina Ricci Marche

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nina_ricci_marcheIf you are in your 30s this year, you would remember Nina Ricci which was a rather popular brand back when you were growing up, alongside names like Sonia Rykiel and MCM. And while some have remained relevant or made a comeback, Nini Ricci has had good years and bad years, changing head designers more frequently than Lady Gaga’s costume antics.

With Peter Copping at the helm since 2009, things have been getting better. And while the brand isn’t especially known for their bags as yet, there are gems to be found from time to time, like the Nina Ricci Marche which is also the subject of today’s post.

Measuring some 37 cm across by 25 cm, it ticks many of the boxes for me, from its soft, relaxed silhouette to the elegant pleats that form part of the bag’s handles. Discreetly labelled with side tabs that can be unbuttoned to allow for a more generous interior, it’s versatile too, with a pair of top handles as well as an adjustable shoulder sling for added function.

Priced at GBP1270 and now available via Net-A-Porter, it’s a great alternative for those now bored with the sameness of Céline but still want something elegant, understated and maybe, a tad more special.

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