Maison Martin Margiela loves to fool our eyes and toy with our notions of what things should traditionally be, and here’s an instance where they’ve been highly successful on both fronts. This super-adorable wristlet clutch is shaped like a soft sunglasses case, a silhouette you rarely – if ever – see in actual bag form.
Metallics? Hello, liquid luster! Black patent leather? Think shinier than your lip gloss. Astrakhan lamb fur? So sumptuous! And crocodile? This is as divine as exotic skin gets. Jason Wu is keeping his girls classy for Fall ’14 with an insanely gorgeous bag collection set strictly in neutral tones.
Forget the belt bag. It’s all about the glove clutch. Best-known for their innovative and offbeat ball bag, Perrin Paris marks a new era with their Spring 2014 collection, one that brings them full circle. The century-old French glove-makers are going back to their haute-couture roots.
While I consider myself both a Bag Snob and a Food Snob, I never thought the two would come together in quite this way. The results are hit or miss. Chanel, for one, did the gourmand well with steaks that were probably the most imaginative bags we’ve seen from the brand in years. I also fell for Nancy Gonzalez’s handwoven croc wicker apples and pineapples.
It feels great to strike out at night with a flashy clutch; it’s that extra sparkle (literally and figuratively) that makes you feel special – and like a special night is in store. But make sure your awe-inspiring accessory is tasteful.
There was a time not long ago that when it came to bags, Phoebe Philo could do no wrong. But even brilliance can go tired and give way to the mundane; there are peaks and valleys (and I trust there’ll be another peak!). The Céline Fall 2014 season’s bags just left me feeling flat.