Fur Gives Luxe Update to Clutches

Sep 1 2010

As we are slowly anticipating fall, new season pieces are swiftly arriving on the racks of retail stores and the pages of our favorite online haunts. And as I was browsing, I noticed a trend on clutches. Looks like fur is not reserved only for outwear this season. It’s all over. Shoes, handbags, dresses, and clutches too!

Let me share with you my top finds.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cheeky Nico Messenger Bag, $498

I know this is a meant to be worn across the body but will work just as well as a clutch, wouldn’t it?

Wendy Nichol Gatherer Mini Bag, $385

A handmade beauty with braided shoulder straps. Again this one doubles as a clutch too.

Diane Von Furstenberg Stephanie Clutch, $650

If your style leans towards an eclectic bohemian look, then this piece is one you might like. It’s very unique as its made of dyed pieced-fur. On the downside, its quite pricey too.

Givenchy Studs and Feather Clutch, $1720.10

Now this one is a totally different approach to feathers on clutches. It actually plays a juxtaposition of soft and edgy with the pretty feathers and the tough studs in one clutch. The price is another story.

Vintage Chanel Quilted Mini Chain Purse: Worth It or Too Much?

Aug 28 2010

How high can you go when it comes to a piece of bag? Or to be more specific, how much are you willing to spend on a tiny little clutch?

I’m sure all your answers vary, but let’s say you’re a bagaholic and a designer junkee and you earn a good living, would you be willing to spend US$3000 on this tiny little vintage Chanel clutch?

WGACA Vintage Vintage Chanel Quilted Mini Chain Purse, US$2995

It is quite tiny, about 5 inches in height and 7 inches in length. For such a tiny purse, it is really, and I mean tremendously expensive; as all other Chanel purses I guess.

It’s actually a fabulous looking piece. Apart from the rich quilted lambskin material, it can also function as a shoulder bag or a waist purse with the use of its detachable strap.

Detachable Chain Strap

I understand the fascination with Chanel. The experience of owning one is priceless after all, but to spend US$3000 on a tiny little clutch? Isn’t that a little too much?

Let’s not include the Hollywood celebrities and heiresses here, because money is no issue to them. I am simply asking you, the regular citizen, whether you’re earning an excellent living or a good one, do you think this Vintage Chanel Mini Purse is worth it? Or do you simply think it’s too much? Would you buy it if you can afford it?

Jessica Szohr: Romancing the Red with Neutrals

Aug 26 2010

Jessica Szohr is such a beauty; I find her features very exotic and appealing. She’d be the perfect Jasmine to Alladin, don’t you think?

The Gossip Girl celeb was spotted at the Piranha 3-D premiere last week and she was looking all hot and feminine in a Notte by Marchesa ruffled frock.

Jessica Szohr, Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Brook and Riley Steele at the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Piranha 3D’ held at Mann’s Chinese 6 Theatre Los Angeles, August 18, 2010

Jessica Szohr at the Piranha 3-D Premiere, August 18

I love the red and I love how it complemented her skin color. Apart from her smashing dress, another notable item in her outfit was the neutral silvery gold clutch she paired the outfit with. Here’s a closer look:

Jessica Szohr’s clutch

It’s definitely a pretty little thing, alright. I love the odd shape and I like how it sets off the red dress (and vice versa too!). If she wore a red purse or red pumps for that matter, it would’ve been too much. Kudos to Jessica Szohr for picking the right accessories!

I haven’t found any info on Jessica’s clutch yet, but if you like it so much, this Lauren Merkin metallic clutch is just as pretty and as neutral:

Lauren Merkin Eve Metallic Clutch

Get it from Shopbop for US$180. Pair it with this dress from Mark & James by Badgley Mischka and you’re good to go!

Mark & James Hibiscus Silk Cotton Flocked Belted Strapless, US$192 (was US$320)

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Trend Spotting: Tassle Clutches

Aug 25 2010

I’m sensing a trend on our favorite fashion accessory. Tassles on clutches! Is it just me or you’ve been seeing it too? It’s actually a refreshing twist to see on clutches. I mean, the studs and rivets are beginning to tire me down. Tassles are a nice break. Here are my top picks sporting this trend.

L-R: Tory Burch Loiusa Mini Bag, $430.90, Jenny Bird Ruched Clutch, $360, B-Low The Belt Crescent Clutch, $222.60 from $318, Lanvin Satin Clutch with Strass, $533.86

They are mostly a bit on the high side but with such labels spearheading the trend, I’m quite sure their mid and low range counterparts will have their own renditions of this soon-to-be rage in the clutch bags category. It’s only a matter of time, I tell you.

But of course if the price is no issue, then go ahead and splurge. They all look like something that would last a long time anyway.