That aside, I decided to come up with a list of bags that I am coveting at the moment. Not exactly going to sweep any off the shelves at the moment, but hopefully in the near future. But this list is definitely subject to changes.
I am going to start off with clutches or dinner bags first, because I have been on the lookout for the perfect one to invest in for a long time. And yes, I am still pretty undecided, probably because the most ideal one is going to cost me several months of savings. I shall just take my time now since it's not like I have plenty of dinners or events to attend at the moment.
Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch
Valentino is usually on the top of my list. The label makes such beautiful clothes and bags.The Rockstud collection was practically made for me, as my friends would typically say, "studs are so you!". I was this close to getting the Rockstud tote in a dark, midnight blue until I realized how much I dislike totes or bags without compartments and stuck my ground - despite the bag tempting me stud by stud. So I am still pinning on Valentino to make bags which are more practical (compartments!), or I may just succumb to one of these beautiful clutch bags one day.
The Rockstud Flap Clutch is probably the most ideal, because it is roomy enough for keys, cellphone, a card/money case or just money and a couple of credit cards, make-up (for touching up purposes), etc. Plus, you don't have to fold your red packets (in the case of a Chinese wedding dinner). The handle on the flap adds to the cool factor. And this is absolutely versatile, in practically any shade.
|Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch - US$1,595 (Barneys New York)|
Valentino Glam Lock Shoulder Bag (Medium)
Another drool-worthy number from Valentino, the Glam Lock Shoulder Bag, which comes with a chain strap that allows you to wear it in two different lengths. The same way you can with a 2.55 Chanel flap bag. The bag does come in other sizes - bigger and smaller, but this medium is perfect for a day out yet elegant for a glamorous dinner.
|Valentino Glam Lock Medium Leather Shoulder Bag - US$2,200 (Net-A-Porter)|
The last Valentino on the list - the Va Va Voom, makes a statement with the 5 giant studs on its clutch handle. Regardless of the color it comes in, it is easy to wear, and goes with everything.
|Valentino Va Va Voom Leather Shoulder Bag - US$3,476 (Net-A-Porter)|
A very, very elegant bag. The Bvlgari Serpenti shoulder bag is a hit among celebrities. The emerald green version has been spotted on Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Leighton Meester, but I would very much like the white one. Or pretty much any color and any version.
|Bvlgari Serpenti Shoulder Bag - US$2,700 (Bvlgari)|
Dior Miss Dior Bag
I am not one who is into a bag that the mass population carries. So, as much as I used to have the hots for a Chanel Classic Flap bag, I think I've seen enough of it on the streets to know that it is no longer a bag I need to add to my collection (unless I become a millionaire overnight and I've got every other bag I'm eyeing). Ok, I still want the Reissue 2.55 Bag though, simply because it is more understated.
However, if I should get a flap bag (and have the monies for it), I would go straight for Miss Dior. It is still a classic but definitely more subtle than the interlock "C" on a Chanel Classic Flap bag. It is also ladylike, but juggles well with everyday outfits.
Givenchy Antigona Clutch
The Givenchy Antigona Clutch is one that can double up as a giant day clutch. I never really understood the hype of the Antigona until I got the bag version in small navy with gun metal hardware. It really is a great, great bag. And I believe this clutch is a marvelous choice too, without a hefty price tag.
|Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch - US$1,220.50 (Net-a-Porter)|
|Givenchy Bambi & Female Form Medium Antigona Pouch - US$435 (Barneys New York)|
More commonly seen is the Balenciaga Arena Envelope clutch. And most of the time in black, too. It is great choice with a lot of room for your necessities, plus it does have character with a edgy glam-girl vibe. You can opt for the one with bigger studs, or the one that comes with more muted studs and tassels. It also comes with an attached mirror for your touch-up needs on-the-go.
I was close to getting this, but needed something a little less strong in character. Balenciaga does suit my edgy personality, but my taste in general is transitioning into one that is 'cleaner' and more elegant, so it is definitely important to start with a dinner bag.
|Balenciaga Arena Giant Envelope - US$1,195 (Barneys New York)|
|Balenciaga Classic Envelope - US$1,145 (Barneys New York)|
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Silk Knot Clutch
The Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Silk Knot Clutch has always been a dream to me. I love that it speaks so much of the brand without having logos spilled all over. It comes in many brilliant colors, all of which work extremely well in a glamorous setting. Usually box clutches are limited in terms of space, but I think the stretch version (see below) lets you throw in an additional eyeshadow or lipstick without problems.
The only downside is that I'm not exactly a fan of boxy clutches or minaudieres. I find it a hassle to hold, especially when you have to go to the bathroom and you kind of don't wanna lay it on any surface in there. Yet box clutches that come with a shoulder strap just doesn't cut it, if you know what I mean. So, I guess that would be the main thing stopping me from ever getting this, but of course, with the exception of ever striking it rich enough to own more clutches than I really need.
|Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Silk Stretch Knot - US$1,750 (Bottega Veneta)|
So which would be your choice? Let me know! :)