Traditionally, Dolce & Gabbana is not a go-to source of ultra-formal, ultra-expensive clutches; the brand has generally focused on day bags in the past, with a few evening options here and there. The Dolce woman is one with a lot of events to attend, though, and now the brand is turning out party bags to go along with its party clothes.
When Kristine Johannes debuted her clutch line, Rauwolf, in 2011, no one had any idea that it would become a mainstay on the world’s most prestigious red carpets in only a few short seasons. In that time, though, we’ve seen the line of ultra-modern plexi evening bags come to dominate events like the Emmys and Academy Awards, and when you look at our photos of Rauwolf’s upcoming Spring 2015 bags, the brand’s meteoric rise isn’t exactly a mystery.
Prada’s handbags tend to be overwhelmingly staid; the brand has positioned itself, season after season, as the source for work-appropriate power bags for women with corner offices (or corner office aspirations), and although Miuccia allows for an artistic departure here and there, whimsy is usually not her stock in trade.
Although the most notorious outfit at last night’s 2014 CFDA Awards didn’t include a clutch (if you’ve seen photo’s of Rihanna’s dress from last night, you know it didn’t include much), we found plenty of attendees who carried beautiful little clutches and evening bags from both their designer dates and other brands.
When it comes to handbags at the Oscars, stars usually play it safe; the stage is huge, and in general, none of them want to take a risk that lands them in a spot to be ridiculed. The handbag choices at the 2014 Academy Awards followed in that line of thought, but there were a few pieces here and there (in addition to a lot of traditional prettiness) that made our evening bag spidey senses tingle.
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 Grammys are always pretty weird, and the 2014 Grammy Awards followed proudly in that tradition. (Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons as a backing band? Sure, why not?) Along with everything else, the stars’ (the ones who bothered to show up and walk the carpet, anyway) handbag choices weren’t exactly in line with what we’ve seen at previous awards shows this season.
Awards season always puts clutches on our mind, and when it comes to selecting a little evening bag, we always have the same problem: wedging a phone into a box clutch in a way that also accommodates our keys, wallet and lipstick.