Who knew unabashed free spirit Olivier Theyskens and accessible-basics line Theory would be a match made in heaven? The imaginative has met the practical for the collaboration line’s second round of bags that are easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet. After spring’s foiled metallic messenger, it seems only natural for Theyskens to move on to sequins and chains. This is a mix of materials that isn’t too crazy or kooky but just exotic enough to pump up everyday wear.
Fall-appropriate clutches in canapa hemp and wooly fabric create nubby canvases for swirls of sequins and clusters of beads. It’s an approachable take on the embellished clutch, one that says you can wear them with say, a cashmere T-shirt and low-slung trousers. Theyskens’ Theory messenger bag of last season, a perfect go-to day bag, has gotten a calf-hair upgrade. Midnight blue looks inky and oh so touchable. But it’s the hybrid of the two styles, though, that has really struck my fancy. Take the concept of the clutch, meld leather and sequins, turn the ingenious crisscross straps into fanciful chains (worn across, the strap has the effect of body jewelry), and you have sheer rock ‘n’ roll glam.
Sequin Canapa Clutch at Barneys New York for $645.
Embellished Clutch at Barneys New York for $695.
Small Calf-Hair Messenger Bag at Barneys New York for $845.
Sequin Clutch at Barneys New York for $745.