This season we see celebs, fashionistas, and retail outlets carrying the wittiest, most peculiar, luxurious, and magnificent clutches ever created. This season we also bear witness to price points that are nonsensical, and some designs that are simply weird. Most curious are those that are just juvenile. All across the world I see well groomed eye brows shooting up in wonder. Pricey bags are being offered in plain old acrylic and plexiglass; in shapes of cameras, gummi bears, valentines, and story books. I love novelty as much as the next gal, but what is up with the infantilization of the statement clutch? Are stylish adults really meant to be toting their wallets in clutches shaped like a gummi bear? Who here, thinks this is a good idea?
I do not want to paint this wide canvas with the same brush, because it is magnificent as a whole, even if the prices are in the netherworld. Here is a sampling of some good and gorgeous bags, via Net-a-Porter.com:
priced at $1,200 and is currently sold out.
The gold and crystal creation, middle right, is pure luxury by Dolce & Gabbana, and is called Ana. She is embellished in lace and satin and will set you back $3800. Lovely, but the bag may be empty unless there is an Am Ex Black card tucked inside.
The acrylic box bag, bottom left, is also Edie Parker, the Lara neon is glittery and costs $995.00 and has a-lot of interesting effects, appearing backlit and sculptural. This is a good sampling, I think , of the novelty of the new statement clutch, and examples where novelty and good taste can happily co-mingle.
The next collage features some of these statement clutches that have gone to the wild side. From Net-a-Porter.com as well:
The First clutch is called the happy clutch made of acrylic and embossed with the word happy, it is by Edie Parker, and 'Happy" will cost you $1485. See money can buy you "happy", if not happiness itself. The "Be MIne" bag to its right, is by Charlotte Olympia, and takes the form of a sugary valentine's candy.
This costs $1295, a hefty sum for something that looks so sweet and airy, and, um, young? I wonder who the target audience is for this one? Romantics of all ages, I suppose, with money to burn? Next up, is a clutch crafted by a favorite designer, Anya Hindmarch, and this sculptural pieces is interesting, even given that is resembles a toddler's half consumed juice box, that is squished in. It still has a great look though, as the gold tone and design does something nice with the light. This whimsical piece is called Crisp Packet, and it will cost you a crisp $1595.
The bag in the middle center is Olympia Le-Tan's "Happy Bunnies" book. This little clutch is handcrafted in France and is a limited edition collection. One of my favs from this series is titled Manners for Mens, as if! This will set you back $1,880. but it doesn't require a pesky library card, and it can hold your stash and MAC lipstick! The next photo in the collage is the most absurd..it is a gold tone Gummi bear clutch costing $1,648! It also comes in colors for those interested in the Crayola versions.
Featured next is an Archie comic book clutch that costs $1595 and can provide reading material while one is waiting for one's mani to dry. To its right is a color-blocked furry oddity that is by Shrimps; it serves to provides furry texture, but succeeds best at looking hideous, in an oh-so-faux sort of way. It is relatively easy on the wallet though, at $310. We end this collage, gratefully, with a Charlotte Olympia Camera clutch called Flashback that is made of textured leather and brass, in Italy, and has a cute little heart where one would peer into the camera, if it were a camera, and not a clutch, posing as a camera... It is embedded with crystals and has the word "Smile" inscribed over the mirrored camera lens. It is a clever concept I will grant you, but at $2,595, it shiny patina starts to dull.
Next, is the Queen, The mother of all silly clutches and it is plexiglass in the shape of a Chanel No.5 bottle. It has its signature Chanel chain so it can double as a shoulder bag. The cost of this bag is $9,500. Image courtesy of HarpersBazaar.com.
Or you can choose to wear two, like Rihanna pictured below, courtesy of HollywoodLife.com.