Miu Miu Fall 2012 Accessories

Posted on March 12, 2012


Since the Miu Miu fall collection consisted of looks that reminded us of ’70s salesmen in polyester suits, it’s perhaps not surprising that the accessories are equally as ’70s and equally as menswear-inspired. The heels were chunky and the bags had a slightly masculine feel, giving these accessories a sturdiness and kickass quality that’s quite appealing. Not every gal can pull off a purple striped pantsuit, but plenty of them will line up for a lunchpail-style bag or a pair of fun, funky platforms. You may commence fantasy shopping, ladies.


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  • clatie

    The bags are great.  The shoes are not.

    • JosephLamour

      I feel like I’ve seen all of these shoes on episodes of What not to Wear where the lady has decided to stop updating her wardrobe in 1975 when her favorite cat died or when her first husband divorced her or something.

      • The shoes are just way too literal in terms of interpretation, srsly. The bags are an excellent twist on the inspiration, though.

  • I’m kinda in love with all of these things, though it pains me more than a bit to be groovin’ on the retro 70s thing, again.

    • Anathema_Device

       One of my older brothers had a great pair of suede patchwork platform shoes in the ’70s (during his glam rocker phase). I thought he was all kinds of fabulous in those shoes!!

      •  (smiling)   I so hear that!   Mercifully for all concerned no photographic records exist of me in my glam 70’s phase.  But I had some saddle oxford platforms in black and white patent, that were H.O.T.  And there were the extra wide bell bottoms, with the inset rainbow stripes on the sides, ( a presage of life changes to come, I choose to think) that slayed the people every time.

  • I will take a couple of those bags and save the rest of my fantasy money for less disco-clown-looking shoes

  • Maria Rosenfire

    Fugly shoes, adorable bags. The bags feel new, with the combination of structure and bright color, but the shoes look like either bizarro-world old-lady shoes or 70’s-themed Halloween costume rejects.

    • Lori

      If someone is looking to go as Upscale Huggy Bear for Halloween this year then these shoes are it, otherwise, not so much.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Upscale Huggy Bear – I actually snorted here at work! 

  • Judy_J

    Disco shoes!  I remember these…….

  • Bozhi

    Love the bags.

  • Synnamin

    I’ll take the blue bag and the teal-red bag, please. keep the shoes.

  • jilly_d

    Bags=fab. Shoes=no. Just, no.

  • lucyloo222

    The purses are interesting.  The shoes are…. ack…. gurgle… eeek…. oh God…. I am having a fashion PTSD flashback…. MY EYES!!!

  • Susie Pamudji

    The bags are so fab. Love the colors. The shoes not so much. Mainly the shapes.

  • Okay, I wore shoes like that in the ’70s- but they were never cute. They never will be.

  • Anathema_Device

    Bags=Yes. Love them all, especially the yellow one and that red burl-looking one.

    Shoes=No. Sorry. They are kind of fun, in and of themselves, but I can’t imagine anyone looking chic in them.

    But hey, you’re the ones who are tired of nude platform pumps and super pointy-toe pumps!! LOL Got the exact opposite here.

    •  Think of some adorable 22 year old woman with tons of bubbly personality. I can see it happening.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes for the 22 year old. I try to remember the rule about if you’ve already worn that era don’t wear it again. Especially something as noticeable as this. But the shoes actually look comfortable!

        •  What a great rule!  Yep, once for a decade is really quite enough in one’s life.

      • Anathema_Device

        Oh, hey! Totally off-topic update: The director of my son’s play was able to borrow KKK robe & hood costume from a local professional theater company (@Lesher Center). I am working on tracing it onto Ikea white sheets for the other actors.

        •  Awesome!  I’m glad you were able to find a realistic answer.  Hope all the sewing goes well.

  • Farthingale

    Bags=Win. Shoes=Fail.

  • I like the bags. The shoes do seem, uh, designed for a short man with an afro. On the other hand, some of them look as if one could wear them for more than half an hour without screaming pain, so there’s a plus.
    The clothes are very strange.

  • miagain

    message for Peter Max, message for Peter Max… your shoe inspiration is back, but it’s in Italy!!  
    Keep on truckin’!!

  • Kristinoten

    Ooh, the boots with the blue toes, so fun!

  • Susan Crawford

    Pleasw – I went through the70’s ONCE, and that was one time too many. I ‘ll take that navy bag and leave ALL the rest for those who have a ’70’s jones going on. (And believe me, those who do either weren’t born yet or did too much hashish to recall what really happened.

  • dress_up_doll

    Looove the bags! But, the shoes, not really. I can see wearing the yellow pair on the second row, but the others are a bit too Parliament Funkadelic for this girl.

  • All of the shoes are hiddy, but I’d kill for just about every one of the bags. 

  • I love the look of the purses, but hate the functionality–a purse is practically useless to me without a shoulder strap.  I love the functionality of the shoes, in that they are not foot-killing point-toed stillettos, but damn, they are UH-gly.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I would not spend money on even one pair of those hiddy shoes.  The bags, however, are gorgeous, especially the cobalt one. 

  • The Ooompa Loompa eye makeup almost made me give up and not look any further.  But the bags are very nice.  The shoes go with the eye makeup.

  • CQAussie

    Love the bags, hate the shoes.  I really want that first blue bag.  Gorgeous.

  • VioletFem

    Cute purses, ugly shoes. (As a girl who wears a size 11 shoe, I shudder at the look of shoes that make your feet look bigger).

  • TxMom2011

    Not diggin the Shoes… except for the buckle loafer.  Loved the bags.


  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I will take all the bags, the red and aqua platform boots as my outrageous piece of weirdness for the year, and the last par of blue shoes (which I will rush to a cobbler and beg that he find a way to make the heel less hideous). 

  • another_laura

    aaaah, platform loafers with buckles.  I loved them, I had them, and I would repeat them. 

    I never had a bag like these in the 70s and I would have any of them in a heartbeat.

    • BrooklynBomber

      “I loved them, I had them, and I would repeat them. ”

      And I love you for saying that. Actually, I’m not thrilled by how most of these shoes are “interpreted”; the tan boots with the blue toes are beautiful, but many of the rest are a little too round and clunky, too Superfly meets Doc Martens – and that ain’t right!

      But I want to see those clothes!

  • The bags are gorgeous! The shoes, not so much.  In fact, the shoes are hideous. But in my fantasy shopping spree I will take one of each bag, please, and do they come in additional colors? :] 

    •  I just read through some of the comments after posting, and see that there is a general theme here – shoes, ugh! Bags – yes, please!

  • BrooklynBomber

    The red purse is mine!

  • JMansm

    I am OBSESSED. I want all. I’m not a big 70’s retro person but I love the idea of a pair of shoes or a bag that are REALLY 70’s retro and pairing them with more modern, urban, chic looks. 

  • No_Sew

    Who let them into my closet?  I absolutely had those fringed/buckle loafers with the chunky heel in 1971; I am sure of it!   They were ugly then and they are ugly now. (Oh, but I thought they were sooooo cute!)

  • Deb

    OMG. I’m having a bad trip back to  1976 and my shoe choices. It’s not nice having one’s past mistakes come to life again…

  • Hate the shoes, but I’d wrestle Betty Draper for those bags.

  • The shoes are kinda hiddy, but I love all the bags. 

  • crash1212

    Boy howdy. Those are some butt ugly shoes right there. REEEEally ugly. Bags aren’t bad, but don’t love them. Doubt that MiuMiu will lose any sleep over my thoughts or that they’ll lose any sales. I can just see it now…Fall will be cluttered with these clod hoppers and I’ll have to avert my eyes from all fashion posts. I do love the fabrics though – I’ll have to go find your post on the clothes.

  • serenitynow02

    Love the bags, but those are some hideous shoes.

  • oatmealpie

    Can’t wait for the downmarket version of the blue and red/green bag!

  • formerlyAnon

    I think I had a pair of shoes (which I loved) very much like the platform loafers. (The highest ones.) I wore them with cuffed, not-quite-as-wide-as-bell bottom trousers or knee socks and dresses as short as my father would let me leave the house in.

    Somehow, I don’t want them in my wardrobe, again, but I am braced for them to sweep the nation. Because when you’d kill to be a couple of inches taller, there’s nothing like a platform shoe with a nice wide stable heel.

    Bags are nice, but I’m not lusting.

  • Designers trying to resurrect the 70’s & sell it to me have got their work cut out for them.  Hated it then, hate it now.  Have fun, kids!

  • Seanybills

    I kind of love the chunky shoes (especially the bottom row left), but I really hate the prints.  If they were solid colors, I think I’d respond a lot better to them.

  • Hate the shoes.

    Of course that’s what I said about the sparkly booties from last season and then I ended up loving those…

  • unbornfawn

    Love the handbags. I can get behind the platform loafers. Most of the other shoes look overdone.

  • meowing

    Will some altruistic fellow Bitter Kitten tell me how to pronounce Miu Miu?  I’ve heard Mew-Mew and nearly a Meow Meow.  Heaven forfend I should mispronounce it, altho’ I’ll never be pronouncing it in the process of buying it–I’m too old for their demographic, and I’m cheap to boot.  Gracias in advance.

    • Sara__B

      According to the BBC, Miu Miu is MYOO-myoo (-my as in music, -oo as in boot). Good luck!

  • mjude

    love the purses & i must say i dig the loafers

  • betty language

    wow.. that is very “groove is in the heart” (by deee lite)–those shoes are very 90s interpretation of 70s.
    as a child of the 90s, born in the 70s, i have nothing but love for the styles from both eras.  i’m not really very fashionable, as you can guess.  if i were rich, though,  i’d wear any one of those items in a heartbeat.  and the beauty of these–probably not a stitch of polyester.  ugh…the worst part of the 70s.

  • Yes to the bags.  No, never, to the 70’s retro thing.  I lived through it once and that’s enough for any woman’s lifetime.

    • meowing

      Amen, sister.  My pictures from the ’70s are truly embarrassing.

  • SpcilK

    Playa’s Ball…Bitch where’s my money!

  • RroseSelavy

    Clown clothes, but the bags, oh, the bags! Oui, oui, oui.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Love those purses. I’ll take the yellow one and the red/aqua one. The shoes are kinda meh to me. I don’t have the ovaries or the balance to pull off those platform boots, but the blue loafers on the bottom right are kinda cool.

  • SatelliteAlice

    There is really only one pair of shoes that doesn’t make me question the sanity of the creators but the bags I kind of love.

  • minnye

    The shoes are clunky and chunky but I love ’em.  Sometimes a lady in a male-dominated field needs a kick-ass pair of comfy shoes.  Hope these translate down the market.  Love the bags too.

  • AthenaJ

    Bags are VERY nice, shoes are hiddy. Next.

  • I love the turquoise and purple print on red. Work that colour wheel until it bleeds, miss Miuccia!

  • spooki C

    Ew, too literal 70s. Just one step away from my dad’s fire engine red patent leather platforms with plastic goldfish floating in a lucite heel lol.

  • sweet_potato

    Whoa! It’s like I’m 5 all over again.

  • OK, how does that Pinterest thing work?  I finally have the desire to “pin” something … it’s that turquoise and red bag.  As Rachel Zoe would say (god help me, I am quoting Rachel Zoe), “I die.”

  • poketom

    oy. there are certain parts of each decade that should be left in that decade, never again to return. 

    Polyester suits and these shoes really should have stayed in the 70’s. The 80’s can keep dayglo and for god sakes the Zoot Suit shall remain in the 90’s. 

    That said, the bags are fantastic. 

  • prettybigkitty

    1995 Doc Martins meets 2005 mensware inspired shoes in 2012.   Not diggin’ it.   Bags are awesome.  Especially the brown and yellow ones.  

  • marilyn

    The thrift store finds of 2013

  • Sara__B

    Who’d have thought I’d like those shoes, since I cringe remembering me and everything else about the 70s, but I do. Just not with high-water pants.

  • Rebecca Zmarzly

    Maybe with those 70s-style platforms, I can finally find my hubby the right shoes for his Frank N. Furter costume. Everything in size 15 women’s has the wrong heel shape. 😀

    Other than that: looks like my mom in college.

  • HATE the shoes. Like, all of them. 

  • lesmaha

    Shoes–I’m torn.  Two words: Elton. John.  Ok, not quite. but that’s the first thing that came to my mind.

  • MilaXX

    Years ago I had a pair of shoes like the browns ones that I had purchased on vacation in London. I imagined they were mod and cool looking, my sister called them my pilgrim shoes. I tripped every single time I wore them until one day I nearly face planted on the sidewalk. *ah youth*
    Nostalgia aside, I love the bags but find hate the shoes.

  • tinyredlocks

    Shoes-hate. Bags-Meh…

  • I want EVERY bag up there! 

  • Could not be happier, having recently scored a pair of blue pony fur, platform ankle boots from Etsy.
    (And that suit looks an awful lot like Paul Smith’s women’s wear from 4 years ago)

  • IAmJ

    I appreciate the crazy, but I don’t know anyone who could work these shoes. Other than Cosmo Kramer, perhaps.

  • Judih1

    the shoes are HIDEOUS.

  • ccm800

    I like that some of these shoes give up nothing in height but let the foot be in a more natural arch. Friggin LBs and such are ridiculous in the way they bend the foots so good on ya MM!  

  • ccm800

    I like that some of these shoes give up nothing in height but let the foot be in a more natural arch. Friggin LBs and such are ridiculous in the way they bend the foots so good on ya MM!  

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i like the thumbnail boots. i also like the beige & blue striped ones–theyre a serious rip of a well known pair of nina’s circa maybe 1974, ie:
    [those arent actually the ones i mean. the ones i mean tend to be pictured in books on shoes, are also somewhere in the bedroom. but the abovepictured ones are close enough.]
    i also like the clothes from this collection, would love to be tall enough to wear a striped pantsuit w/ the glamor & dignity it deserves. but i have no idea why she, or anyone, would wanna design a pair of low heeled platforms. especially in a world where their design is not a necessity. the high ones are glorious, the shape of low ones almost invariably hideous.

  • I think I have at least one pair pf those clunky-type heels kicking around my closet – though mine are tangerine paisley (paisley was all the rage in ’77).  Same platform front though.  And six inches, if you please.  How I never broke my damn ankle still amazes the hell out of me – and I danced in those things!  Lord.  But I looked cool as hell 🙂

  • miwome

    Love all the bags. Hate all the shoes except those blue ones at the very end, and the champagne-colored ones on the left side of the fifth row.

    I am loving having all those crazy textiles as backdrops, though, honestly. I wouldn’t wear them, because I’m chicken, but I love the fabrics in this collection.

  • hellkell

    1975 via 1996 called and wants it’s shoes back.

  • Those bags! Wow. Absolutely my favorite this season. I need the blue one. Need.

  • jblaked

    My Superstar Snoopy from 1978 wore boots similar to those gold ones.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I really love that mustard-colored bag.
    The purple-striped pantsuit: I love it, but both pieces together kind of hurts the eye. I would love to wear the jacket with different bottoms.  

  • When I think “lunch-pail bag”, it seems like it wouldn’t be anything.  But DAMN those are some great bags.

  • Louise Bryan

    Amazing.  I hated those shoes in the 70s, and I still do.  The purses are okay, just not for me.

  • bitterk