Hugely ornate, a little funky, heavily detailed. It’s a list that barely seems to capture the inventive spirit behind Shourouk, the eponymous line founded by Shourouk Rhaiem in 2007. Though she primarily designs jewelry, she’s also shown quite a flair for creating dazzling purses that feature the same mesmerizing embellishments and attention to detail as her amazing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Here, a few must-haves (or at least must-drools):
The resplendent Vladimir Shoulder Bag incorporates the subtle beauty of shiny tortoiseshell with the rather obvious opulence of Swarovski crystals and enameled stones. Oversized green drops lend the entire look a majestic sort of quality, but the buckle details (so unusual for a bag like this) bring it back down to earth – to an extent. The jeweled centerpiece is still one of the most outrageous you’ll ever see.
If you want to make it “clear” that you’re a fiend for big-time glamour, you may find your answer in the transparent Igor Shoulder Bag. Clearly, this version is a bit less ostentatious than Vladimir, a bag that feels far more dramatic thanks to its deep color palette. This, with its clear polyvinyl and subdued orange and mocha stones, almost seems low-key in comparison. Still, nothing designed by Shourouk could ever really be “low-key,” could it?
Bigger is better when it comes to astounding ornamentation, at least according to the book of Shourouk. The designer left nothing to chance when she created the Serguei Jumbo Shoulder Bag. Its richly embellished flap is coated in Swarovski crystals and stones of all colors, all artistically pressed onto a faint gray polyvinyl. The buckles represent a far more casual approach, as on the Vladimir, but on this version they actually look appropriate – maybe because the gray hue itself is casual.
All images courtesy Moda Operandi.posted: April 12th, 2012
category: Other designer Handbags