At Wednesday night’s Barneys Trunk-a-Palooza, where designers ranging from Richard Chai and Vena Cava to Shipley & Halmos and Rag & Bone turned out to pre-sell their fall goods, I nearly didn’t recognize my friend Daphne Guinness. Hanging by the Alexander Wang area next to a custom-built tent with all-black bean cushions, Guinness, at first I thought, was wearing flats! Turns out she was simply resting her heel-less Antonio Berardi shoes on the ground (who knew?). Resting beside her was her Hermès Sac Paris-Bombay. I’ve always eyed her simple black box calf Hermès bag with the natural lining–primarily because it’s not the expected Kelly or Birkin you’d think someone of her status would tote. “It’s too expected,” she laughed when I asked her about it. “I buy things that speak to me, not to be a show off.” She then set her bag on the floor to let me snap a bird’s eye-shot looking into her bag! Inside are the usual contents of a woman’s bag (while she’s very organized, alas there no diamonds or rubies or Lanvin flats–I checked), but she clearly loves the Sac Paris-Bombay. This past February, she sported a white version to the Calvin Klein Collection show–both in the 37cm length. A true class act!
Hermès Sac Paris-Bombay, $6,200, available at Hermès stores nationwide