Minimal accessories are having a moment. From Celine Trios to Mansur Gavriel Buckets, a whole host of fashion consumers have decided that they’re largely sick of bags that are overdone and overwrought, and with that decision has come a wave of tightly edited, pared-down pieces that are easy, functional and understated. To get the look under $200, we highly recommend the Busk and Bask Loess Wrap Clutch. (more…)

The luxury accessories market is crowded with both heritage brands and upstarts vying for a piece of the pie, but in the past few seasons, a definitely trend has emerged: the best way to get into the game is one of the smallest. Greek designer Urania Gazelli is the latest in a string of women to make her debut with distinctive clutches, available for pre-order via Moda Operandi.

Gazelli has taken a page from the books of both Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman and Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal with this line of handmade plexiglass clutches, a craft which she learned from her father in her native Greece, where all of her clutches are now made. This line features both astrological signs and playing cards, themes that have proved popular with creative, eccentric fashion people in the past. To grow, though, Gazelli will have to find a theme she can make her own.

Through August 5, you can order one of theses clutches for $1,175 to $1,565 via Moda Operandi.

Urani Gazelli Queen of Hearts Clutch Urania Gazelli Cyan Star Signs Clutch Urania Gazelli Leo Clutch

Bag: Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Fur Clutch

Price: $2,810 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The ultra-soft, pale pink fur makes this bag feel a little bit dreamlike and impossible, but the contrast of the black strap closure pulls it back to Earth just enough.

New York got its first real taste of spring weather over the weekend, and while the city basket in warmth, you could almost hear the rustle of tulle liberated from closets and the clack of pearls pulled out of jewelry boxes. Wedding season: it’s here.

Weddings bring up a whole host of dressing quandaries for everyone from brides to plus-ones, and although we can’t solve all of them for you, we can tell you what you should be carrying alongside your gown, bridesmaid frock or sundress. From the sweetly traditional to the aggressively literal, check out the year’s best wedding bags below.

If you’re not a Twitter fiend or an emoji junkie, then move right along. If, like me, you need to check your phone constantly, lest you fall apart from the crushing sense that you’re probably missing something super important, the Edie Parker Hashtag and Emoji Clutches that just hit Moda Operandi are speaking you language, both literally and figuratively. The clutches feature either popular iPhone emojis or corresponding Twitter hashtags, and when paired with the matching Del Toro Slippers (also an M’O exclusive), you’ve basically turned yourself into a walking smartphone. Just don’t trip and crack your screen.

If you want to be the proud owner of one of these adorably modern clutches, you have until April 8 to pre-order them via Moda Operandi.

For everyone still experiencing the cold weather that this winter has offered, I feel you. Spring has officially landed, but the temperatures have apparently yet to get the memo. Vlad and I are down in Florida for a few weeks to thaw out, and I hope to send the warm weather to my friends still experiencing what feels like a brutally long winter. If you don’t have the weather on your side, though, you can at least have a sunny Edie Parker clutch on your side. (more…)

Luggage is ugly, almost without exception. I’ve spent two days of the last week traipsing through four separate airports on six distinct occasions, so I’ve had a lot of time to stare at people’s suitcases, and they don’t vary a whole lot. And, you know, I get it. They’re durable, they’re functional, they get thrown into cargo holds. The Charlotte Olympia Excess Baggage Perspex Clutch, on the other hand, is basically the exact opposite of a real suitcase – it’s beautiful, but please don’t hand it over to a member of TSA. (more…)

I totally, unrepentantly love Edie Parker clutches. It’s important that you know that going forward, because if you’ve generally felt the same way in the past, you’re about to fall head over heels for the Edie Parker Fall 2014 collection that’s currently up for pre-order at Moda Operandi. The clutches are sparkling, retro-modern confections that have a sense of fun and girlishness without falling into juvenile territory, and I want every last one of them.

The collection includes a new set of multicolor inlay designs, including several clutches that are faceted to look like gemstones and additional takes on the brand’s uber-successful deco looks. The MO pre-order also features several of the brand’s nameplate clutches, which have achieved cult status among fashion industry folks and bag-conscious celebs alike. For Fall 2014, the brand has added a stark new font option for those among us who may not feel as though script suits them. Check out the new bags below and shop the pre-order at Moda Operandi through February 23.

Often when I find myself confused by (or scared of) a Charlotte Olympia clutch, it’s because the piece feels like it embraces the brand’s signature irreverence and literalness at the expense of the type of luxury that should always be present at Charlotte Olympia’s price point. Designer Charlotte Dellal so often nails one and not the other, which is what makes me so delighted at the Charlotte Olympia Treasure Chest Box Clutch.

Not only does a treasure chest lend itself easily to physical transformation into an evening bag, but the metaphor works beautifully. For most women, handbags are our treasure chests; a place where we keep our most precious necessities, safe from prying eyes and grabby hands. This time, the literalness of the clutch, with its nail-head golden trim and working latch, adds to the design instead of detracting from it. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1,495.

Just like the rest of Hedi Slimane’s runway collections, Saint Laurent’s runway bags tend to inspire both irritation and buying frenzies in fashion watchers. The man has a unique talent for creating strong opinions and for moving product, and the Saint Laurent Studded Minaudiere is the latest bag from the brand that is likely to do both. It’s straight off the catwalk, after all, and that always makes a product particularly intoxicating to a brand’s most ardent fans. Is this little clutch’s magic working on you?

As has been the case with many of Saint Laurent’s bags, my answer is, “not really.” Slimane has gotten close to potential bag magic several times in his short tenure with the brand, and although he’s hit paydirt with shoes several times, the bags aren’t quite there yet. There’s nothing wrong with this little clutch; it’s a perfectly adorable, slightly grunge-y take on an old-school luxury shape, which has become something of a calling card for the brand under Slimane. I simply wish the bag found a way to go a bit further, to feel a little bit more special. If the top was capped with a smooth silver plate, perhaps. For me, it’s that one more detail that’s usually missing from Saint Laurent’s bags, and Hedi will likely make it over the edge in the near future.

What about you? Would you consider this bag a viable alternative to your favorite night-out clutch? If so, pick it up through Neiman Marcus for $2,890. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the price…)

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