I’m so relieved that Alexander McQueen (the brand) will continue to function after the death of Alexander McQueen (the man). He was a visionary, and his legacy deserves to be continued in the wake of his passing. By all indications, the McQueen clothing and accessories that we will see in the near future owe a considerable debt to the founder’s aesthetic, just as it should be.

Skull clutches have been a McQueen accessory signature for some time, and the brand looks to continue that tradition with the Alexander McQueen Union Jack Stud Clutch. Skulls, studs and Anglophilia were all motifs which McQueen embraced, and if this bag is any indication, they’re not going anywhere in the brand’s forthcoming work.

Before we go any further, however, it’s worth mentioning that the clutch in this photo appears to be damaged. Samples undergo a higher amount of stress and abuse than the average bag, but it still strikes me as odd that Neiman Marcus would photograph a damaged bag to be featured on their website, thereby possibly exacerbating whatever quality control concerns one may have when buying bags online and sight unseen.

From a design perspective, though, I really love this iteration of the skull clutch. The color combination of cream and gold is classic and a bit regal, but the twinkling skull eyes and punk motif create a nice aesthetic juxtaposition to any perceived conventionality. We may have seen a lot of studded bags lately, but the use of multi-sized studs to create a larger whole keeps the design fresh. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1495.

  • Kailey

    Good eye, Amanada! If you didn’t mention the clutch being damaged, I would have never noticed that single stud that has been stubbed! Awesome iteration of the union jack!

  • BLynnT

    I also missed the damage until you mentioned it, but as you said, it’s odd that they would have chosen to photograph a damaged version. My first reaction to this clutch was that I loved it completely. I love how the choice of the soft cream color balances the sharpness of the studs. My second thought, however, was to wonder whether it might be uncomfortable to carry because of the studs. For that reason, I would likely want to hold it in person before ordering online. I still absolutely love the look though!

  • whit

    the lady who took over has actually helped with some of lee’s previous collections so i have a good hope for the future of mcqueen.

    the clutch is a want, even though i’m not a huge fan of the skull aspect w/his designs.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Indeed, I’m really glad that they chose her to continue the line instead of hiring someone from outside. Her first collection (Resort 2011) looks very promising for the future.

  • 19yearslater

    This is beautiful, the perfect combination of ladylike style and punk design as Amanda pointed out.

  • aaronhalll

    it’s odd that they would have chosen to photograph a damaged version. My first reaction to this clutch was that I loved it completely. I love how the choice of the soft cream color balances the sharpness of the studs. My second thought, however, was to wonder whether it might be uncomfortable to carry because of the studs. For that reason, I would likely want to hold it in person before ordering online. I still absolutely love the look though!

    • BLynnT

      AHall – Try being a bit more original next time, instead of copying and pasting my comment. Thanks.

  • Karin bag4bag

    Lovely color combination. I would have missed the broken stud too ! Glad the McQueen name continues.

  • DarkS

    Ladies
    forget about this bag,,,you have to check the beige and lace new one! its TDF!!!!!!!!
    Amanda….an eye opener always

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