Clutches are always a big hit on the runway because they’re easy to add to an outfit without obscuring the clothes being presented, but for Fall 2011, handheld bags took an even more prominent spot in the season’s shows than is usually expected. In textures from velvet to python (and sometimes velvet and python on the same clutch) and sizes big enough to carry all your belongings or so small that a cell phone would be a tight squeeze, you better make sure that your handheld handbag game is in point this year. But fret not – we’ve got nine of the best options from Fall 2011’s runways so that you can start socking away cash now. Let us know which is your favorite (or if you think we left something out) in the comments.

Balenciaga

Bottega Veneta

Burberry

Diane von Furstenberg

Lanvin

Louis Vuitton

Marni

Valextra

Victoria Beckham

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