I confess that I am completely charmed by the Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Flower Minaudière. In general, I am a fan of Gonzalez’s work; all of her handbags are made with exotic skins and, even though the majority of them are on the simple side, they never fail to impress. They also stand the test of time, which makes them quite a worthwhile investment. This darling clutch shows off a meticulously crafted flower at the opening, with enough space inside the bag to hold all of these glam-night-out essentials. Available for $2000 at Neiman Marcus.
How fun would the Necessary Clothing Pearl Quilted Purse be to wear when you hit happy hour with your favorite girls. This great little round purse has all the bells and whistles – pearls, chains and fringe. Plus you can wear it as a crossbody so you don’t have any worries about losing your bag. Head over to Necessary Clothing to snag yours for only $30.
I can never resist a pretty paisley print, especially when it’s of the more dramatic variety. The Badgley Mischka Pia Paisley Brocade Minaudiere is a lovely example of the print at its best. It doesn’t feel remotely like a wallpaper pattern, and the gilded trim gives it a glamorous edge that makes it a prime partner for your favorite LBD. Available for $295 at Bloomingdale’s.
Designed exclusively for Bloomingdale’s, the Diane von Furstenberg 440 Lace Envelope is the stuff of dreams. It’s an evening bag with timeless style, all dressed up in sexy black lace and leather and finished with a shot of gold hardware. It’s simple, but this simplicity is what makes it so classic and elegant. You could easily pair this with your favorite LBD, a bright jewel tone or even a sexy blouse and fluid pants. Make the most of it; it’s a worthwhile purchase that will be with you forever. Available for $198 at Bloomingdale’s.
You can’t be blamed if you heave a sigh of annoyance every time you’re confronted by yet another Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch. How many of these can the label really churn out? Turns out they plan to go on forever. And ever. And ever. At least that is my assumption based on the new Alexander McQueen Knuckle Swarovski Pearl and Crystal-Embellished Silk Box Clutch, which puts a fantastical spin on the lauded silhouette. Topped by a sparkling floral rose, the clasp alone would have secured the bag’s status as Lavish Accessory of the Year. But the addition of dainty pearls and shimmering crystals seals the deal, giving anything you wear red-carpet credence. Beautiful and not at all annoying to stare at for hours. Available for $4795 at Net-a-Porter.
A mouthful and a handful, the Alexander McQueen Knuckle Bead and Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Canvas Box is clearly not designed for the fainthearted. Nor is it something an unadventurous sort would ever appreciate. But for those of us who crave excitement in our wardrobes, this really does the job marvelously. It’s coated with delicate maroon and silver beads and topped with a lavish floral clasp that seems almost ornamental. The Swarovski crystals are an obvious touch – the bag would almost be bland (almost, but not really) without that extra shot of shine. Available for $4795 at Net-a-Porter.
Seemingly designed by a glamorous grandma (or a “glamma,” as I recently heard Marie Osmond describe herself), the Dolce & Gabbana Dea Embellished Floral Brocade Shoulder Bag puts forth a stunning visual of watercolor florals punctuated by pretty, sparkly things like sequins and crystals. The bold clasp has a brooch-style look about it, which only contributes to its slightly matronly quality. Not that I don’t love all things floral and sparkly, but I don’t think this would fit into my modern wardrobe very well. Available for $2995 at Net-a-Porter.
How darling is the MARC BY MARC JACOBS Sophie Mini Clutch? This framed mini clutch has a vintage feel due to the oversized ball snap closure. Plus the supple black leather makes this a definite staple and most certainly a piece that we can add to almost any and every ensemble. Add this sweet little bag to your collection for $148 from Bloomingdale’s.
The Moyna Camo Flap Silk Clutch is a conversation piece itself. This beautifully beaded bag is covered in gold, ivory, brown and olive glass beads. If you’re looking to add a little bling to your favorite LBD, we suggest this piece. Plus it would look phenomenal with your ivory jumpsuit or skinny jeans. Visit Nordstrom to order yours for $178.