Having attended my fair share of wedding dinners over the years, I have observed women turning up in their finery sans a proper bag. Most times I’ll spot a Speedy30, or maybe a smallish shoulder bag, but I always wondered why they couldn’t have bothered to bring the right piece. You’re celebrating someone else’s new life, not your own stuffed within the bag on the chair seat.
In other words, get a clutch.
And because F/W11 Milan is turning out to be a veritable feast of clutches, there is no better time to seriously consider getting one for yourself if haven’t already. Or more, since one can never have too many.
From the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Bottega Veneta collection comes the iconic Knot in weaved fur, trimmed with exotic python, some in lace, along with what looks to be corded satin interpretations. Always lush, always gorgeous and one of those forever classics. One never goes wrong with the Knot. And while you’re drooling, don’t you think those jewellery pieces are simply divine as well?
On to F/W11 Jil Sander and Raf’s boxy minimalist clutches, stunning in bold colours and lush leathers. Of all the colours sent down the runway, my favourites are the ones in bright blue and accented with the most minimal of trims. And while the last piece (bottom right) is technically not really a clutch, it could still be used as one, don’t you think?
Then there’s Prada, which saw Miuccia Prada sending down suede clutches (or are they actually formerly toiletry kits) in suede and exotic python, each festooned with a giant button for extra dramatic effect. Not holding my breath just yet, but then again you’ll never know. They could be huge hits in the months to come.
Also from F/W11 Prada, and my personal favourites of the lot, what I like to call the ‘pillow clutches’ in dyed exotic skins. Large and smooshy, they are the closest thing you’ll get to a live boa constrictor, provided of course you’ve got a death wish.
It’s time for some clutch action!