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How to Wear Lanvin’s Snakeskin Clutch: Mad About Malachite

Lanvin Snakeskin Clutch, HELMUT Helmut Lang Blazer, Vita Fede Malachite Bracelet, Balenciaga Flats, Jil Sander Shirt, J Brand Jeans

The color of the season is the shade of fresh-cut grass. Pantone named emerald the color of fall, but I’m all about the more-intense malachite stone right now. Snakeskin is also a must for the Year of the Snake. This spellbinding Lanvin clutch ($3,400 at Forty Five Ten) kills two trends with one stone (I’m sick; indulge me the pun), without resorting to overkill. A wildly iridescent flap is smartly contrasted against subdued navy, and just a touch of gold hardware ensures ultimate chic.

Just keep the rest of your outfit simple. Black-lacquer drainpipe jeans, a la J Brand ($194 at Barneys New York), and a crisp white shirt, like Jil Sander’s cotton-poplin blend ($560 on Net-a-Porter) are classic together.

Topped off with a HELMUT Helmut Lang blazer draped over the shoulder ($460 on Net-a-Porter), Balenciaga’s edgy Stardust flats ($525 at Barneys New York), and Vita Fede’s malachite-topped bracelet ($375 at Vita Fede), and you’re destined to have a very good year, indeed.



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