Valentino Jewel Plexiglass Butterfly Clutch

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from covering the evenings bags that stars carried at the Golden Globes, Grammys and SAG Awards this season, it’s that relatively few celebs are willing to take a chance with an interesting clutch for a stroll down the red carpet. Perhaps their stylists just don’t think about it amidst all the dress drama, or maybe they’re afraid that anything that distracts from the dress is a unwanted opportunity to pull focus away from getting the star onto the Best Dressed List. Either way, the result leaves much to be desired.

We have some ideas (as we are wont to have) on how stars can do better in the future. Like, say, for this weekend’s 2013 Academy Awards. We’ve picked the 10 best, most interesting evening bags available on the Internet right now, and we’ll get back to you on Tuesday with news of whether or not any stars followed our (extremely sage) advice. In the meantime, scope out the clutches in the slideshow below.

Valentino Jewel Plexiglass Clutch
$5,295 via Luis Via Roma

Valentino Jewel Plexiglass Butterfly Clutch

Lanvin Enameled Resin Perfume Show Clutch
$3,610 via Luisa Via Roma

Lanvin Enameled Resin Perfume Show Clutch

Anya Hindmarch Pear Woven Moire Clutch
$1,295 via Luisa Via Roma

Anya Hindmarch Pear Woven Moire Clutch

Lulu Guinness Domino Two Faces Box Clutch
$458 via Luisa Via Roma

Lulu Guinness Domino Two Faces Box Clutch

Bottega Veneta Knot Snakeskin Passamaneria Clutch
$2,450 via Forward by Elyse Walker

Bottega Veneta Knot Snakeskin Passamaneria Clutch

Kotur Margo Brocade Box Clutch
$450 via Net-a-Porter

Kotur Margo Brocade Box Clutch

Rafe Dawn Shell and Enamel Clutch
$495 via Neiman Marcus

Rafe Dawn Shell and Enamel Clutch

Gucci Embroidered Broadway Evening Bag
$1,690 via Neiman Marcus

Gucci Embroidered Broadway Evening Bag

Alexander McQueen Metal Flower Box Clutch
$3,425 via Neiman Marcus

Alexander McQueen Metal Flower Box Clutch

BCBG Zoe Pyramid Stud Knuckle Box Clutch
$178 via Neiman Marcus

BCBG Zoe Pyramid Stud Knuckle Box Clutch
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  • http://twitter.com/VonRuhtenberg von Ruhtenberg

    What a stunning evening clutch! It’s like the Kanye West song when he says “damn they don’t make ‘em like this anymore!” And somehow I never tire of surrealist shapes.

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