As various blogs have documented, high fashion has been working its malnourished butt off lately to make handbags as ugly as possible. While we’re concerned about these purses’ self-esteem—how would you feel if your face were obscured with gratuitous zippers, vomitous fringe, leprous appliqués, and macabre pom-poms?—the real question is: What’s behind this trend?
At first we were puzzled. Then, while screening the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we casually noted Leatherface’s resemblance to a certain Fendi satchel and a light went off: Have designers, desperate for shock value, been turning to horror movie villains for inspiration? Further investigation bears out this troubling theory.