Thursday, May 22, 2008
Clutch bags have been the rave for the past couple of years and they have been appearing so uniquitously that I doubt you could have missed it. This summer, Louis Vuitton collaborated with Richard Prince and came out with a pair of Monogam Motard clutches. The "Afterdark" bag is an interesting version of the foldover clutch, while the "Beforedark" bag can only be described as a dainty evening bag pretending to be a clutch pretending to be an evening bag. Both bags combine monogram motard leather, silk lining, and golden brass pieces for a mix of modern and retro elements. A removable acetate chain strap gives the "Beforedark" bag more versatility and character, while wide handles on both bags makes them easy to hold onto.
Ok, so that's kind of cool. But the romantics in some of us may crave a softer and more glamorous look. And if you are a fan of LV, you really don't have to switch loyalties. Just last Fall, LV came out with a gorgeous oversized clutch in metallic shades. Scarlett Johansson posed with it and they looked absolutely scrumptous together. Made out of wool and silk Monogram Limelight, natural cowhide leather trimmings and twill silk lining, the unstructured nature of the clutch may not be everyone's cup of tea. Yet, there is something to be said about the marriage of softness (in the materials) and boldness (in the size and metallic colors). Personally, I feel that the Monogram Limelight does exactly what its name promises and brings attention to whoever is carrying it. Just be wary of what might be brought under the spotlight!~