For some reason, I didn't see this studded clutch trend coming. I don't remember seeing a plethora of studs on the runway for Spring 2013, and heavy metal embellishments are usually more of a staple of fall collections (more on that tomorrow, actually). The more I thought about it though, these bags may have come about, at least in part, as a response to the enduring, perhaps even increasing, popularity of the Valentino Rockstud line, which has enjoyed seasons of success because of its smart combination of traditional femininity, luxury and toughness.
Some of these designers, like Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin, would undoubtedly be using the punk metal embellishments. For a brand like Tory Burch or Diane von Furstenberg, though, the Rockstud's longevity is proof positive that women are drawn to the combination of two such disparate styles. Perhaps because bold details are more easily digestible in small amounts, the trend has manifested itself in tons of clutches, pouches and minaudieres. Below, we've picked the best, including plenty of colorful options that will make studs easier to pull off in the coming warm weather, starting at $128.
Diane von Furstenberg Studded Tonda Clutch
$395 via ShopBop
House of Harlow 1960 Tilly Haircalf Studded Clutch
$250 via Nordstrom
Anya Hindmarch Studded Heart Zip Clutch
$550 via ShopBop
Valentino Rockstud Zip Clutch
$1,195 via Neiman Marcus
Christian Louboutin Spiked Clutch
$1,895 via Neiman Marcus
MICHAEL Michael Kors Pyramid Stud Zip Clutch
$128 via Neiman Marcus
Alexander McQueen Studded Skull Clasp Clutch
$2,625 via Neiman Marcus
Tory Burch Pyramid Stud Clutch
$495 via Neiman Marcus
Burberry Prorsum Studded Leather Clutch
$3,295 via Net-a-Porter
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