…I just didn’t manage to get there with them.

Feathers and satin and chain sound like a recipe for a whimsical evening bag, but the actual end product of the Lanvin Pouchette Oulouette Clutch isn’t as fantastical as it may sound. When carried on the shoulder, the feathers hang down the front of the body in sort of a sad, limp way, and the promise that they can be removed to make a necklace or belt doesn’t make me feel much better about how this bag was executed.

I can see where it would be a fun, if slightly gimmicky, design challenge to make a bag whose strap had multiple other functions when not in use as part of the clutch, but I think the end result would have been better if the designers at Lanvin had focused more intently on making sure it looked better as a strap. If I want a necklace or a belt, I’ll buy one – when I want a bag, I want one that doesn’t sacrifice its aesthetic value to transform into a bunch of stuff that I didn’t want in the first place. I adore the color of this bag, but the feathers seem poorly conceived at best (and I’m usually a lover of fabulous little bits like feathers). Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1185.

  • babe

    I am completely with you, beautiful bag except for the feathers! And I do not want a do-it-yourself kit either.

  • Cate

    The bag itself–without the feathers–is actually quite nice. Why complicate it with unnecessary details?

  • BLynnT

    I agree with Cate… without the feathers, this would be a great bag, but the feathers just distract from the main part of the bag.

  • Jen

    Geez that’s ugly. What happened to the beautiful, simple Lanvin purses from 5 years ago? For the past few years, every Lanvin purse I come across looks like a Chanel bag on an acid trip.

  • meme

    I can’t even see the bag for all the ridiculous feathers.

  • mochababe73

    The bag on its own is pretty. I don’t understand the feathers at all. Maybe they are meant to match the hair weave shoes?

  • Bagolicious

    I usually really like Lanvin. But what bird brain came up with this plumage idea?

  • Karin bag4bag

    I don’t understand the feathers either. How could they think that they would sit nicely against the body.

  • Demi

    The feathers were totally unnecessary. The bag would be really nice, kind of simple-chic, without them!

  • Bagolicious

    One flew over the cuckoo’s nest on that design.

  • B

    The bag is supposed to be worn like a messenger bag and the feathers lay across the front or back of the body. It actually looks very pretty. Sarah Jessica Parker wore it the nude color with a great stella outfit, very cute!

  • Jelita78

    u are right..
    this is sad..
    urghh.. (ipad)