From glittering gowns to accompanying minaudières and then far beyond: Elie Saab’s foray into large bags has been utterly seamless. It’s only natural that they boast a private showroom suite in Cannes, ideal for getting film-festival ladies looking perfect. No starlet would turn down the jewel-like, gold-plated clutches, especially now that they’ve been decked in Swarovski-crystal stripes. Just look at Fan Bingbing – her gold box clutch (at Elie Saab for $2,065) sparkled more on the carpet than her Chopard gems!
But despite the preciousness of the metals, I’m experiencing major leather love. And python and crocodile, too! Candy colors, like perky cobalt python and berry-pink calfskin, bring a certain liveliness to classic satchel and tote styles. And a piercing indigo shoulder bag? I need that, stat. Their glided clutches may dazzle on the red carpet, but I’m liking the new direction this house is taking: I predict a rush for the structured leather bags.