Last Sunday’s Golden Globes were just the beginning of Hollywood’s awards season, and they left us feeling inspired to take a second look at the world of tiny, sparkly evening bags that online retailers have to offer. The market for clutches has expanded by leaps and bounds over the past few years, with indie brands like Edie Parker, Rauwolf and Lee Savage shaking up the tried-and-true lineup of Roger Vivier and Judith Leiber bags that usually show up at awards shows.
The 2015 Golden Globes took place last night, and that means that awards season has officially begun. As we do every year, we’ll be scoping out all the best handbags from the industry’s fanciest red carpets. Although our photo service was inexplicably light on pictures from last night’s main red carpet, we scoured both those photos and those from the after-parties to bring you over a dozen celebrity bag choices from Sunday’s festivities.
Along with holiday parties comes an opportunity to quirk up our outfits with holiday clutches and festive statement pieces. That’s why we took to Instagram this week to find some seriously good bag inspiration. So while these tiny bags may not be able to hold your everyday essentials, it may be worth it to leave your giant wallet at home to carry one of these statement-making bags.
If you’re lucky, the holidays are a time of extravagance. Extravagant gifts for those you hold dear, extravagant meals with your family and holiday parties with friends and hopefully, extravagant outfits to wear while you do it all. Holiday dressing is always an opportunity to carry a bag that’s a little bit more intricate and embellished than you might otherwise, and naturally, we have some suggestions for you.
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.