PA: Craft Fair

Posted on November 21, 2011

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Adrian


The bag was kind of unfairly savaged by the judges but we have to admit, it has a crafty, Trapper Keeper cover vibe to it and that’s not fabulous in the least. His bracelet was an afterthought. Once again, we think he has a problem with scale in his work.

 

Brian


We think both pieces are interesting, demonstrate his point of view and aesthetic, and are technically well done. But we still think the judges overpraised them.

 

Christina


The bag was truly great; a modern, minimalist take on a classic tote. We hated the necklace, but the judges inexplicably loved it.

 

Nina


Once again – we’re detecting a repeating motif we didn’t know existed before we started writing this post – we think the bag is pretty great, but the judges were a bit too enthusiastic in their praise of that ring. We thought it looked crafty and flimsy.

 

Rich


Of course there’s no defending these pieces, except to say the bag at least had an interesting shape to it.

 

Shea


We really don’t know why she felt she had to make a bag suitable for carrying a laptop around. She could have steered her client away from that if she was insisting on it. But whether this bag was laptop sized or close to handbag-sized, it would still be something of a drab design with a less-than-impressive finish to it.

The cuff’s not bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Re: Shea wasn’t there a rule that everything in the bins had to fit in the bag? 

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I thought. The rules on this show are really confusing.

    • MilaXX

      yes, but she still went overboard. She could have made that bag slimmer and still fit everything in it.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, that was the rule but it didn’t need to be anywhere near that bulky. Sleek would have been the way to go.

    • Anonymous

      That bag could hold my 17 inch gaming laptop that weighs 8 pounds. The mac air books are so thin they hardly weigh anything. That bag much too large to blame it on the laptop. Plus it is seriously ugly. It is bad design all the way. 

  • Anonymous

    I have a 15-inch mac that fits nicely into a bag that doesn’t look like, as Ariel pointed out, carry on luggage. Seriously that was ridiculous, and I felt she should’ve been out. You hit the nail on the head with Adrians–it’s a trapper keeper, pure and simple. Target has these on clearance right now. In fact, they may have Missoni brands of trapper keepers and Adrian’s will fit right in.  I thought Rich’s was unfairly brutalized and he didn’t deserve to be in the bottom two. I actually really, really liked his minimalist design and like his client, prefer bags that are utilitarian. He just had some trouble with the bag, partly because he had to fix miss “I have to make luggage for this challenge”‘s problems on the sewing machine. I’m glad he’s still in.

    • Anonymous

      If the critique of his bag is that it’s similar to Missoni, he’s not really doing that badly.

      • Anonymous

        Touche! My critique of the bag is that it’s a trapper keeper, not a hand bag. I actually liked the stripes and thought the guest judges were on crack for some of their critiques.

  • scottyf

    I’m no fan of Adrian’s stuff, but I thought the critique was ridiculous. I mean trashing the bag because it couldn’t be worn with a myriad of outfits? Since when was that a part of the challenge? Now I know having a bag that is versatile is a big plus for most women, but most women I know also have at least one impulse bag that was bought for it’s looks and not because it could be carried with more than one outfit.

    This, of course, wouldn’t be THAT bag.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      My thing there is: how could it not be versatile enough?  I can think of a dozen outfits I could have paired that stripe with!  Now, the shape and style suck, so that’s a serious problem, but the stripe isn’t an issue. 

      Actually, half of my bags probably would have gotten the same critique — when you wear almost no prints and in classic cuts, a bag with a print is a great way to make your outfit a bit more interesting.

    • MilaXX

      The thing is a lot of us carry bags to match outfits. That bag would wok with jeans and any top you wanted to toss on.

    • Anonymous

      Pardon me, but I think someone forgot tell Kate Spade that women will never buy striped bags…. 

      The scale of Adrian’s is off, and the quality of the material looks more like it should have been used for the lining, but savaging him for choosing to do do a striped bag was ridiculous.

      Now I want a Missoni Trapper Keeper.  Damn Siriuslover!

      • Anonymous

        I have two Kate Spades with stripes and I love them!

      • Anonymous

        I have two Kate Spades with stripes and I love them!

      • Now I am The Bee

        Exactly what I thought!  My very first designer bag was a striped Kate Spade!  Nope–didn’t go with everything, but was smashing whan I was wearing black…which we do most of the time, no? 

    • Anonymous

      I loved the color and pattern of Adrian’s bag so the judges can bite me. But the scale was bad and it looks like a binder. Fix the scale and add an optional strap, I would totally buy it.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        “I loved the color and pattern of Adrian’s bag so the judges can bite me”

        Me too. The judges were ridiculous.

        I suppose it could have been smaller, but I think the size makes it more practical. You can fit a lot of stuff in a bag that size. That’s always a selling point for me.

    • Anonymous

      His bag had problems, but at least it wasn’t a forgettable bag in beige or black like almost everyone else’s.  Scale issues, yes, but I’d take the piece with a hint of whimsy and fun over the “Oh, did you get that at Walmart?” others.

  • http://twitter.com/mariedees mariedees

    Looking at the second accessory it looks like some of the contestants decided to interpret “create a second accessory” as – take a take an existing handle or strap from the old back and clip it somewhere.  Wasn’t that necklace just the strap from the old bag clipped around her neck?  

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it was exactly that, she took the handle off the old bag and put it around the model’s neck. I feel like you should at least have to alter the look in some way, rather than just re-using a piece with no modifications.

      • Anonymous

        It looks like she recovered the strap with leather from the new bag. The old bag was a light blue color. 

      • Now I am The Bee

        I think a lot of the designers did that–simply took a handle or doodad off the old bag and hung it around the model’s neck or wrist.  That’s not designing, if you ask me…

  • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

    I didn’t mind Adrian’s, but it really needed a strap(s). Utility = good. The judges harshed on “all that color”, while I guess green is the new brown (in Shea and Rich’s)? Didn’t like Nina’s forged chain purse. It looked like an old lady’s hard-sided glasses case on steroids.

    Seems like just about everyone took a strap off their models’ old purses and used the latch to create the closure for a bunch of dog collars for the neck and wrists. Whatevs, but the judges raving over them was too funny.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed on the silly ravings.  Of course they all said, “Well, I guess I’ll make a cuff/necklace out of the strap,” but that’s good time management, not good design.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    I like Nina’s. It’s got a cowgirl vibe- but not in a cheesy way.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    I like Nina’s. It’s got a cowgirl vibe- but not in a cheesy way.

  • Anonymous

    The judging made me INSANE, particularly that woman who kept saying, you’d have to plan your wardrobe around your bag. GEEEEEZ. Other judges also remarked that a bag wouldn’t get frequent use or whatever.

    First of all, isn’t the whole point of the accessories industry to make us buy LOTS of bags? Most women really do carry the same bag day in and day out, but they don’t want us to. They want us to have different colors and different seasons and different moods and different levels of formality.

    Second of all, I own a Betsyville bag, so please SHUT UP that you can’t have a multi-colored bag or that such a bag can’t be successful. When you go for bright colors and/or prints, you buy a bag that picks up (but doesn’t match) colors in your existing wardrobe, or you wear it with neutrals.

    Is Adrian’s bag perfect? No way. But a sleek briefcase shape with bold colors and a different bold pattern lining would be something I’d consider buying. It should have had at least one handle, although with this shape, both a cross-body strap and a handle would be ideal.

    • http://twitter.com/mariedees mariedees

      I didn’t get the whole “you’d have to plan your wardrobe around it” tirade. Besides the fact that the idea is to make us buy bags, that bag really could go with a lot of different clothing if a woman wears a similar color palette. It’s mostly brown with some red and orange thrown in.  So, it could match those colors or contrast against something blue. Because TLO always lecture about being to matchy matchy.

      • Anonymous

        That bag would actually go with 90% of my wardrobe.  I tend to buy a lot of items in colors that flatter me (jewel tones and autumns), so I also have bags in patterns in those colors. 

        All it needed was a strap.  Which is a big caveat, but he made something fun, interesting and non-neutral, and he was the only one.

        I hope he gets to make a hat soon!!!!

    • Anonymous

      yeah, it actually made me miss Kenneth Cole.

  • MilaXX

    Adrian – Liked the bag,it’s a little etsy shop, but okay. I hated the braceletBrian – This is the first thing he has made that I liked. The cuff is hiddy.
    Christina – I liked the bag, but the necklace was a total cheat. She literally unclipped it off the bag and put it on the client’s neck.
    Nina – I liked her bag, but that ring was pure etsy shop.
    Rich – I liked the idea he had, but both pieces were a fail in execution.
    Shea – The bag reads very menswear and the bracelet was a throw away. The bag reminds me of the bags my uncle makes.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    About Shea, I thought they were told that everything in the bin had to fit in the bag?

    • Anonymous

      That bag could hold the 19 flat panel monitor on my computer at work. Macbooks are thin and light weight, the bag is much to big.  I have a number of cute large purses that could easily fit a macbook. Plus the bag is ugly.

  • Anonymous

    It’s so funny, when I saw the title of this post I thought you were going to review the recent Pennsylvania Craft Guild craft show (though most of these pieces would not have been juried in).

    I also can’t understand why Shea made that bag: Even if she wanted the laptop to fit, that bag is way too big. I have a 15 inch MacbookPro and I don’t need a bag that big to carry it around.

    All these pieces do look very craft fair – in the older sense. There are still some old hippies doing bags like Brian’s (and the others here) at lower-end craft fairs, but there are many more doing much more sophisticated bags at upscale craft fairs.

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  • Anonymous

    Didn’t they have to fit all of their client’s belongings in the bag though?

    At least Shea certainly gave that impression the way she would not shut up about it.

  • Anonymous

    All I could think of looking at Shea’s fabric was 70′s institutional couch (think police station, hospital, school nurse’s office). Decidedly unfabulous.

    Adrian nailed it on the head: The bag should have had a much bigger envelope flap. He also needed more allowance in the top panel so it won’t stick out so awkwardly. I liked the fabric, and I thought the judges were kind of ridiculous claiming that it wasn’t versatile. Maybe it’s not versatile if you have no imagination. We should all carry greige sacks? I’m pretty sure a fashion editor could think of ten ways to style it off the top of her head, and wasn’t that what his client was? Also, she asked for a big old clutch that could fit her magazines, I’m surprised that he didn’t bring up the fact that he was only fulfilling her request.

    Brian’s was overpraised, Nina was clever to shift things over to something in her wheelhouse (but the whole thing looks like an undergrad jewelry assignment). Rich had a bad week.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I had the impression that the instructions were that they had to fit everything in the bin into the handbag–that Shea was more or less stuck with the laptop, and therefore had to make a bag that fit it (which made me confused by their complaint that the bag was too big… why would they insist that they fit everything in there, then complain that it was big enough to fit everything?).  Was that *not* the instruction?  I could’ve sworn that’s what they said at the beginning, but I was on a few cold medications, and may have missed something.

    I guess I liked the winning bag best, and Christiana’s second best.  Then again, they all just look like purses.  I own one purse at a time  until it falls apart, and judge it by whether or not it holds the crap I need to carry around.  I’m always flummoxed by the concept of them being “chic”.  They all pretty much fall into the categories of “useful” or “not useful”, and even the fancy non-useful ones don’t really look all that chic to me.

    ETA: I kind of liked Adrian’s, but it needed a strap, maybe a gold chain or something. A bag is useless if it doesn’t have a strap, because if you have to hold onto it with your hand, you lose the use of that hand until you put it down.

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      Thanks for clarifying about the laptop.  I’d already deleted the episode from the DVR.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I didn’t get that “black=biker chick” comment either. A good black bag is a staple.  

  • Anonymous

    i think shea’s wouldve looked better had she worn the strap crosswise instead of single-shoulder. it wouldnt have made that much difference, mind, but it wouldve helped some. at least she wouldnt look like she was gonna tip over.

    i like all but rich’s better than the stuff that won. the purse that won was okay, but not a great deal more fabulous than, say, brian’s or christina’s. or, especially, nina’s. i liked hers best this week. &, while i agree w/ you re the shape & proportions of adrian’s trapperkeeper [& boy, i woulda added an optional strap or at least a handle], i still think he’s one of the more interesting & talented people they have on this show. i actually liked his work last week, even though it did have its problems [you were correct: too much fringe]. but his issues seem to be mostly on the editing side & less on the creative side. his underlying ideas tend toward both the sound & unusual which, itself, is an unusual combo. at least these days.

  • MJ Smith

    Did anyone else notice that Rich’s bracelet and Adrian’s bag use very similar buckles to Rebecca Minkoff’s most famous bag, the Morning After Bag?  Adrian’s whole bag looks a lot like a thin, boxy MAB knockoff, with the buckles and downward pointing flap.

  • Anonymous

    The judging is crazy.

    Didn’t Christina simply remove the old bag handle, clip it together with existing closures and call it a necklace? And they didn’t call her out on it? I like the bag, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    Rich had a good concept- if it had been constructed and finished properly it could be a nice piece.

  • Anonymous

    “We really don’t know why she felt she had to make a bag suitable for carrying a laptop around”

    She didn’t have a choice.  They were told that the bag they made had to hold all the items in the bin.

    The only bag in this group that I’d even think of carrying is Nina’s. 

    Christina’s looks good, but it’s got it’s problems from a practical standpoint.  The size is such that the owner will likely need to carry it over the shoulder, but the straps are too short. And it has no closure, so carrying it with the short straps that way is an open invitation to have the contents stolen. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      That’s a good point.  I made the erroneous assumption that there was a panel with a zipper inside or some such thing, but I guess we would have seen that if it were there.

      Nina’s bag is cute, but way too small for a day purse.  You couldn’t fit a book or an e-reader in there, and then what would you do at lunch? ;p

  • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

    I like the stripey one!  Only please can I have it in bright pinks and greens and aquas.  Thanks!

  • Lulu Lafurge

    Brian’s bag looks like a giant buffalo pat.

  • yuju ti

    I thought the rule was to make a bag that can carry EVERYTHING in the bin. The laptop was in the bin so I assume Shea has no choice but making a big bag that fits her client’s giant laptop. 

  • spooki C

    I was so annoyed that Rich didn’t finish because I really wanted to see where he was going with that.

    Love that almost everyone made a bracelet out of the strap… LOL.

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, I think Adrian’s foldover was as cute a trapper keeper as I have seen.  I wish i had one like that in high school.  I particularly like the contrasting interior.  Tres cute.  Unfortunately, not practical at all as a tote for a laptop.  I think Christina was wildly overpraised.  I have had 10 bags like that in my life, 9 of which came from Marshalls.  A big tote like that serves a purpose but it was hardly original. 

  • Tee Mmm Zee

    Aside from Diego, not a single person had even the most basic skills to make a bag.  Period.  Half on them have less than the skill of a 1st year student at FIT – some of them are clearly not sewn but glued together – A FUCKING CHIMP could have done most of the work.    Pointless to review it – the show is a complete, and total failure.

  • fragileindustries

    Loved Nina’s bag.  Would buy it tomorrow.  Loved the invention in its construction, the metal side panels, and the artistic and elegant idea of the closure.  The ring?  Hey, it’s not Tiffany’s, but it shows more thought than snapping the strap around the wrist or neck of the client.  I’m cheering for her.

    • Anonymous

      I agree about Nina’s ring.  Those strap bracelets/necklaces were too obvious.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQG2B3GDOIKSFYT6YDXFVOMEM4 A. Lure

    The more I look at the accompanying accessories, the more I think the last-minute twist was entirely unnecessary. The vast majority of the designers used the latches as closures to make cuffs and bracelets. Not what you’d call imaginative. Then again, they did not have time to do much more. So why introduce the twist? To watch them scramble around? Seriously. In a design show, the point of each challenge– of each of the elements of a challenge– is to encourage the designers to make something fabulous using the resources. Design an accessory of your choice from the client’s old bag– perfect, GIVEN MORE TIME. Give them enough time to utilize the material inventively and to create some sort of synergy between the bag and the accessory. Diego’s cardholder is by far the best accessory. Brian’s cuff is not bad. The execution leaves a lot to be desired– look how sloppy and uneven the contrasting stripes he created are– but the design is a hell of a lot more “designed” than many of the others’. Nina’s ring is pretty cool. It needs polishing, but the coiling of the metal was nice. A hell of a lot more inventive than grabbing a handle or whatever, clipping it together, and calling it necklace.

    The bags:

    Adrian– I like the stripes, and I like the lining, but the edges of the bag look mighty rough to me. Look at those stray threads. Oh, yeah, that bag needs a handle.

    Christina– I, too, like her take on the tote bag. Her bag looks polished, and it has shape. I like the grommets and those scarf-inspired additions. Nice.

    Brian– I’m really liking all the textures, all the gradations in color and texture. I agree with whomever said his bag looked artisan. It has a very craftsmanship approach to it– like all of Brian’s work.

    Rich– He had a bad day. Really. He’s done plenty of nice things in previous challenges. I don’t know why it was so hard for him to execute the bag. The shape of the bag had promise, though.

    Shea– The size is the least of its problems. Look at the cut of that flap– ATROCIOUS. And what’s with the asymmetry? And what’s with that ill-placed black panel? None of these elements are aesthetically pleasing– quite the opposite– and they’re not an integral part of the design. She kept talking about the piping– but that piping is mighty uneven to my eyes– esp. at the corner of the bag.

    Nina– Bag’s fine. The design of the flap is actually interesting and looks deliberate and integrated into the design– unlike Shea’s mess. The jewelry details are nice, too.

    • Anonymous

      I agree about the second accessory twist.  It was stupid and pointless, and I was glad to see most of the designers give it the time and attention it deserved:  cut off a strap/loop and slap it around the wrist/neck.  Done.

  • Anonymous

    Brian’s piece looked cheap.  Remember in the 80s and 90s when all the trailer trash girls were wearing/carrying pieced-leather stuff from Walmart?  I think they were selling shit made out of remnants.  Just gross.  (Maybe my reaction is a bit strong b/c of my poor country roots, but I would never in a million years carry that bag.)

    • Anonymous

      Agree, I’ve never been a fan of the pieced/patchwork look.

  • Anonymous

    Nina’s ring is a little too Etsy, but throughout the show, she’s consistently had interesting ideas and has shown a good sense of proportion and style.  I’m not a huge fan of the bag, but I see where she was trying to go.  If she had more time/more familiarity with construction on these challenges, she’d be hitting it out of the park.  She’s at least swinging for the fences on every challenge and I appreciate that.

  • Anonymous

    Shea’s bag may have been wrong for her client, but this 6’2″ gay wants it for himself (with a longer strap, of course).  I would freaking love a two-tone leather messenger bag.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get all the judge love for Brian, I haven’t liked a single thing he’s made, I thought them liking that hideous rug belt in the first challenge was a fluke, but they kept surprising me. Plus he made a skirt! Adrian’s was God-awful here. What is that? A briefcase? A striped accordian folder? Plus again he didn’t finish, that bag needs a handle.

  • Anonymous

    Nina’s ring is cute, and I actually really like Christina’s necklace. Brian’s wristband is cool too. You can flush the rest.

  • Anonymous

    All of the belt wristbad/cuffs…blech!  I liked Nina’s handbag with the metal details.  I could see myself with that bag.

  • Anonymous

    If I see one more buckled cuff I’m gonna hurl. Seriously? I don’t want that much weight around my wrist.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BC7QJMCQBTG5HNTKRGWOVOH4SY Kathryn

    The strap on Rich’s bag looks way too wide and floppy to me–like the bad stuff at a craft fair.  Implies no interfacing/padding whatever, so it has to be wide to carry the weight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

    While I wouldn’t buy Adrian’s I thought the one judge’s insistence that you’d have to plan your outfit around your purse was ridiculous.  Who under the age of 70 does that in real life?  You’re not walking around with your handbag all day at work, it’s in the closet or in your file cabinet or wherever you lock it up for the day.  And for a good portion of the year (where I live anyway) you’ve got your coat on.  I change my bag with the season.  Sorry for the rant there, I guess that just really got to me.  But anyway!  I’m glad Rich is still in, he’s becoming my favorite so far, along with Nina.  

    • Anonymous

      i’m with you.  i carry one bag until i get tired of it, the move everything into my next bag.  i keep the other one in a drawer until i forget about it, then rediscover it and it’s almost like new.  lately i’ve been carrying a huichol indian bag (I have a collection of them), and if i planned my outfit around it i’d have to wear bright orange, kelly green, royal blue and hot pink every day. 

  • Now I am The Bee

    I’d forgotten all about these.  Thanks for remembering, TLo! 
    These are all ok…except for Rich’s, though I like the design of it.  He just has no idea how to sew leather.  But I like hte shape and the fact that it has a wider strap. 
    I like Christina’s as well, but as a quilter–we’ve been making totes and bags like hers for years–nothing new there. 
    IAdrian’s was interesting, too, but boy it needs a handle of some kind. 
    Nina’s was the best of the bunch, I thought.  She took her skill as a jewelry maker and used it in making this object, unlike the others who forgot their skills and tried to become leather-workers on the spot.  That was very smart of Nina, and the bag is just the cutest thing! 
    So–I guess if something is from Etsy–that’s a bad thing?  I love a lot of the stuff there!  I mean–I’m not talking crocheted granny squares, but I find a lot of good jewelry and fiber projects that I really like…

  • Anonymous

    adrian:  could go for the bag if it had a shoulder strap.  bracelet?  seems like all the designers just cut the strap off a purse, used the existing hardware, and called a bracelet.

    brian: i want this purse now.  and i don’t even like most leather bags.  bracelet looks like an insulated holder for your beer can.

    christine:  nice clean-looking purse, but it’s a little too Mervyn’s for me.  if you take the handle off your bag and put it around your neck, does that make it a necklace?

    nina: i like this bag, but don’t think i want to carry around all that hardware.  also, don’t think i want a ring that has a smushed up piece of leather instead of a stone.

    rich:  this is just sad.  bracelet:  see adrian, above.

    Shea:  i want this bag, too.  forest green is my color, and i need a stylish carrier for my laptop.  the judges criticized it as looking like a carry-on bag, with derisive laughter.  what is wrong with that?  i’ve seen many celebrities carrying bags bigger than this, and using them as carry-ons, to.  is there a law against that?  bracelet:  see rich, above.

    and T-Lo.  you know i worship the infallible ground you walk on.  i was under the impression that the designers had to make a bag that would contain all the things in the basket they chose, and shea’s contained a laptop.  i could be wrong.  and i know you never are, so it must be me.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Trying to educate myself on accessories (what the heck, why not use the stupid reality show to go learn about something new?), I came across the chatelaine.  I really want them to make a modern version of it–to serve instead of a purse.  Decorative and functional, with pretty little cases for the cell phone, the keys/ID/money, and some pretty baubles to make it all look more like jewelry than a belt clasp.  I think it would be fun for those to come back.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      I have one of these for my stitching tools, but I’d totally wear something like you are describing.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      I have one of these for my stitching tools, but I’d totally wear something like you are describing.

  • Anonymous

    About Christina’s effort.  Loved the bag, but she got away with murder with the necklace.  All she did was take the handle off her client’s existing piece and put it around her neck.  No manipulation of any kind.  I can’t help but think that’s cheating a bit.  About Rich:  he should have gone home.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Anya were on this show. She would have picked a lovely tropical print and made a hobo-style bag by tying the ends together to a stick.

  • Anonymous

    While I think the judges had some valid criticism of Adrian, color was not one of them.  A lot of women own a lot of different handbags and sometimes we own some that have crazy color, patterns, whatever, simply because we love them and yes we will plan what we wear that day to carry that bag.  Not every bag or shoe or accessory is going to be neutral and they should NOT be.  How boring life would be if they were.