Alexander McQueen Punk Skull Box Clutch, $2720 via Net-a-Porter

We’re readying a much more extensive guide to sparkly little bags for the holiday season, but while that’s in the pipeline, I couldn’t help but post about the Alexander McQueen Punk Skull Box Clutch – after all, it really deserves to stand on its own. Feathers and rhinestones and beads, oh my!

With the bag, McQueen manages again to do what it always does so well – successfully combine multiple heavy design elements in a way that doesn’t feel overwrought or silly. The company makes that kind of light touch look easy, but it’s not – just as whoever’s behind Christian Louboutin’s handbags. A clutch like this one is to be celebrated as something of an accomplishment.

As best as I can tell, that success comes out of the brand, even after the loss of its founder, having a very clear and unified vision instead of just a lot of ideas. When everyone involved in the design process has bought in to a single aesthetic ideal, it becomes easier to work toward fulfilling it everywhere, not just on the runway. The embellishment on this clutch would look right at home trimming the edges of a McQueen collection dress, and although the feathers might make this bag a little awkward to hold at times, I think that the attention to detail is worth it. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2720.

  • Kat

    Yowza. That is one expensive clutch. But I daresay that if anyone’s worth it, it’s McQueen.

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  • Mama M

    This is really random, but the first thing I thought about when I saw this clutch was Cher singing “Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves.” I think it was the feathers.
    That being said, it’s beautiful and totally McQueen!

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

      A Cher moment is never a bad thing.

      You’re going to want to come back for the post that’s going up at 11, mom.

    • rose60610

      You’re so right!

  • binkysmom

    I’ve seen this (or one very similar) in person and it’s beautiful! It was awkward to hold though as I didn’t want to “ruffle” the feathers. It seemed like more of an art piece than usable.

    It’s undeniably stunning though!

  • lintmag

    All of the McQueen clutches I’ve seen at the store are so incredible. If I were a person that had these kind of events to go to, I would invest in one.

  • Blaine

    Ladies, this is the way to do feathers! Pair it with something simple and elegant. Love.

  • Alice

    If i had $3000 laying around, THIS is the bag I would spurge on! Love the feathers, the crystals the decadence!