The Alexander McQueen Iris Skull Clutch is one of those bags that needs to be seen in the largest photo possible at all times; at a distance, you might mistake the detailed embroidery for printed fabric, and that would be a tragedy indeed. A bag like this can look like a hippie craft project without a very careful hand, but Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 took flowers and butterflies and someone manages to make them look beautifully transgressive. The juxtaposition of a skull with delicate flowers is something that only McQueen can pull off in a high-end way.

I’m surprised at myself for saying this, but I’m quite glad that the accessories designers at McQueen chose to use big, chunky embroidery instead of fine thread that would have created a more literal look for the flowers and leaves. The finished look has a note of craftiness to it that somehow manages to be endearing instead of off-putting, and that’s coming from someone who generally does not enjoy the arts-and-crafts look.

Not only does this clutch provide a unique evening look, but it connects very well to Sarah Burton’s first runway collection for McQueen, a vibrant, vital line of clothing that had fashion collectively breathing a sigh of relief over the future of the brand following its founder’s 2010 death. This clutch is not only an interesting extension of the company’s uber-successful box evening bags, but also a further indication that the brand we all know and love continues to be in very talented hands. Buy through Matches UK for $1912.

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  • Maggie

    WOW!! Stunning!

  • Lulugurl

    Amazing!!!!

  • Fiona-Brasil

    Puur-fect!Magic!I want one for wednesday!!!

  • Wyatt

    OMG, want!!

  • ninjaninja

    This is amazing!

  • Chris

    This clutch is very very beautiful.

  • Kat

    I am surprised how much I like this! I’m just worried it would limit your outfit choices, though, since I don’t think this will look good with anything with too much detail.

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  • KaylaNiche

    I don’t like it.

  • 19yearslater

    Gorgeous. I thought it was printed fabric at first, noticing the gorgeous clasp, but now I see it’s embroidery I love it even more. This is a great reason to use the larger embroidery thread, it makes it more obvious how much detail went into this little clutch.

  • Mochababe73

    I don’t like it.
    It looks like a craft project. I remember straw bags that have this type of embroidery.

  • Cathy Fitz

    The clasp is gorgeous, but I think the pattern looks too busy.

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