2009 July 22
WHAT: Stella McCartney's patent grommet clutch
WHY: The eternal cocktail party conundrum: we can't dress down our party frocks with a too-big handbag, but sometimes those little clutches are just too precious. Enter Stella McCartney, whose patent clutch with a liberal sprinkling of hardware adds a tough-girl edge to your formalwear. You'll adore the size (big enough to stash all the essentials!), and the dots add a dash of personality so often missing in your clutch collection. Merci encore, Stella!
2009 July 21
WHAT: Louis Mariette's Ceasar Leaf headband
WHY: It's lamentable that the era of chronic hat-wearing has gone the way of the cigarette holder. But a crop of talented accessory designers are offering up headbands that pack the same amount of punch. Louis Mariette's gilded style, made of overlapping leaves, nods to the splendors of ancient Greece--perfect for goddesses of today and yesterday.
2009 July 20
WHAT: Katherine Fleming Jane python clutch
WHY: Opening Ceremony's Tokyo outpost carries two handbag lines only: Alexander Wang--whom you already know--and Katherine Fleming--whom you definitely should know. We're currently dreaming of her chic acid-yellow Jane clutch in deliciously luxe python, which will look just as good punching up a neutral cocktail dress as it will adding another bright burst to a colorful frock. Remember her name...
2009 July 17
WHAT: Bea Valdes Fleur du Mal's satin and pearl necklace
WHY: We've only recently discovered Bea Valdes' stunning handmade pieces, and we're not sure how we lived without them so long. The Philippines-based designer's jewel-encrusted baubles are each unique and equally swoon-worthy, but we're finding this satin and pearl necklace particularly covetable thanks to the intricate ruffles and folds in a deep, Tahitian blue. Need we say more?