Depending on your feelings about Halloween, right now is either the most wonderful or most terrible time of the year. Personally, I love it – scary movies, candy, black clothing, what’s not to like? Apparently, Charlotte Olympia feels the same way, because the brand has released two cute-as-can-be Halloween clutches. In Charlotte Olympia tradition, they are, of course, quite literal.
Somehow, I made it through almost the entire spring and summer wedding season without attending a single wedding. At 27, I’m a little too young for most of my New York contemporaries to be getting hitched, and my good friends back home haven’t been doing a lot of vow-exchanging lately either. That means I haven’t had to plan a single wedding outfit for all of 2013 – until tonight.
The smaller the bag, the more embellishment a designer can pile on it without worry that it’ll completely overtake any outfit with which it’s paired. That’s a basic tenet of good handbag design, and designers have taken the idea so much to heart over the past couple of seasons that we now appear to be hurtling toward the concept’s logical extreme rather quickly.
I don’t remember exactly the words that ran through my mind when I saw the Kotur Mr. Minaudiere Clutch, but it was something along the lines of, “So. It’s come to this.” I don’t know when pop culture collectively decided that it would be hilarious to put disembodied mustaches on everything, but from twee ModClotch mustache-print dresses to people who actually have a cartoon mustache tattooed on the side of their index finger so it’s just absolutely hilarious when they hold it up to their top lip, this has got to stop.
I love it when jewelry brands get into the handbag business. They bring with them a sense of embellishment and attention to detail (especially hardware) that often makes it immediately apparent that the brand started out in a more blinged-out section of the fashion business, and that’s definitely true of the Shourouk Crystal-Embellished PVC Clutch. To a certain extent, anyway.
It’s not especially often that clutches get a trend of their own. Normally, the small, hand-carried bags are beholden to the whims of the handbag game at large and take on whatever texture, embellishment or print trends are dominant at any given moment. Right now, though, clutches are having a moment unto themselves, and it’s all about the pared-down (structurally, at least) pouch.
We’ve shown you the basics of what Edie Parker can do with her hand-made, retro-modern acrylic clutches, but as it turns out, the brand has only begun to experiment with inlays and textures. First came evening bags with words on them, and now, Edie Parker designer Brett Heyman has gotten even more advanced with birds and flowers for Resort 2014. As we all know by now, Moda Operandi has a soft spot for playfully luxurious clutches, so it should come as no surprise that Parker’s sunny collection is available for pre-order on the site as we speak.
Charlotte Olympia loves a literal theme (the zodiac, cats) perhaps more than any famous designer going right now, but her Summer 2013 movie-themed clutches really take the cake. At first, I thought Olympia’s popcorn-themed clutch would be the designer’s singular nod to the cinema this season, alongside a similarly themed pair of shoes. And then another clutch popped up.
We included a look at this clutch within last week’s examination of the beautiful bags of Chanel Cruise 2014, but we couldn’t bear to let this little beauty – the Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Clutch – sit in obscurity within that gallery of images any longer. No, no – a piece this fun needs its closeup, even if it was already a standout in a collection full of great pieces.
The sisterly design duo behind Anndra Neen may have started out in jewelry, but we’re glad to see that after dipping their toes into the waters of handbag design, they’ve decided to stay a while. After all, we think that the hard-but-handcrafted look of the brand’s jewelry translates quite well to the little metal clutches that have been popping up from Anndra Neen in recent seasons.