A Football for a Clutch?

May 27 2010

Alexander Wang may have taken the word sportswear too literally. After a successful collaboration with Gap, he seem to have taken the same route for  his Spring collection, with American Football as his primary theme.

I am not a big fan of this sport and neither would I be caught dead wearing bold shoulder pads on my petite frame. This downtown fashion’s pied piper however did his magic and did it quite well.  Although some pieces were a little bit too costume like, the collection was one of the best and the freshest this season. It was editor material and wearable at the same time. No wonder Alex has garnered quite an IT girl following for someone who’s relatively new in the industry.

Alexander Wang’s biggest fan is no less than Rihanna herself. She is often times seen in his pieces in those occasions when she’s not dressing up too wildly. After the Superbowl, she was in one of Wang’s signature pieces, the padded cut out sweater dress (check out the video here).

Other pieces worth mentioning are the following.

Ponte Dress with Sweatshirt Tie Overlay

Khaki Corset Dress

Asymmetrical Khaki Skirt with Leather Detail

And of course the reason behind this blog entry is this.

Brady Football Clutch

Made from distressed leather with quilting at the front and back panels plus the whipstitch detail at the front, this one looks like a football indeed. It seems roomy for a clutch too. I’m just not too sure if I want a football looking clutch for myself though, especially since its not exactly cheap. For its price ($395), I can get a full leather handbag already. But I am certain there are a lot of fashion savvy gals who wouldn’t mind paying for this unique A. Wang clutch.

I have a little trivia before closing this entry. Was this clutch named after Giselle Bundchen’s husband and quarterback star Tom Brady? Couldn’t help but wonder on the side.

Rachel Bilson: Cannes Cutie in a Rosette Clutch

May 26 2010

Though Rachel Bilson may be without movie or TV projects, she is constantly on the spotlight because of her sense of style. This fashionable young celeb is a paparazzi magnet. Of course, having a boyfriend named Hayden Christensen also adds to her popularity. And besides, she’s such a cutie so you simply can’t help but adore her.

Recently, Rachel was spotted aboard a yacht in Cannes looking uber chic in a black and white tuxedo inspired jumpsuit.

The stylish young star chose to go barefoot on the yacht and used a black and white rosette embellished clutch as a finishing touch to her look instead.

What do you think of Rachel’s look? If you like it, then you can get it with these pieces:

L.A.M.B. Tube Top, US$169

Elie Tahari Valentina Pants, on sale for US$158


Jessica McClintock Shark Skin Flap, US$44


Jessica McClintock Frame Flap with Bow, US$26


Jessica McClintock Rose Flap, US$51

Spring Finds: Clutch Bags from Marchesa

May 24 2010

Are you a Marchesa fan? If you like the brand’s feminine, fairy tale, romantic, and delectable creations, then perhaps you will also like its fresh new line of clutch bags.

I’m sure you’ve heard that Marchesa has released its first collection of clutch bags this Spring 2010.

The collection is an interesting mix of classic, elaborate, and dreamy creations ranging from exotic skinned box clutches, to rosette embellished satin purses, to highly covetable fully beaded statement pieces.

Here’s a peek:

Marchesa Spring 2010 Accessories

Want one? The price of each ranges from $950 to $5000 depending on the style, make, and material. I have not found an online retailer selling Marchesa’s new line of accessories so it looks like you’ll have to do some driving and walking to Saks or Neiman Marcus if you want one.

Now if you’re simply a fan who can’t afford, you can try getting the look with these pieces from Zappos instead:

Stuart Weitzman Pomposo, $450

Inge Christopher Eve Silk Framed Clutch, $118

Jessica McClintock Center Rose Flap, $42

Calvin Klein STRAT ACRS Frame, $118

Inge Christopher Mumbai Pouch, $148

J. Tiras Janet Lizard Embossed Clutch, $168

Franchi Handbags Sybil Silk, $249

J. Furmani Vintage Beaded Evening Bag, $70

Nicole Richie: MET Gala Magnificent

May 22 2010

Nicole Richie was all sparkles at the MET, from her gown to her purse.

Normally, I would say no to such a combination. I mean, you should only have one statement piece on you, not two dazzling ones. But for some reason, Nicole Richie was able to handle both.

Her gown was a glittery silver piece and she paired it with an equally flashy black sequined clutch. It was a good thing her dress had a plain black waistband to offset all the shine.

Nicole Richie at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity’ exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 3, 2010

I guess it’s also a good thing the sequined clutch was black; otherwise, it would have been too much.

Want to make this Nicole Richie red carpet look more wearable? Go for a shorter and less glittery dress and pair it with these sparkling sequined clutches:

Costume National Detailed Dress, US$550


Steve Madden BJelly Sequined Clutch, US$38

An oversized clutch decorated with shiny sequins and pleated detailing guaranteed to keep you glam and chic while keeping all your evening-out essentials in place


Franchi Handbags Diane Clutch, US$179

A cute bow detailed purse with a top kiss lock closure that will give your look a different beat with its sweet and girly glam appeal

Now if you insist on wearing something that shines, you can try something more subdued like this dress from Type Z:

Type Z Zahavana, US$70

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