Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Accessories Fall 2012 : The Minaudière

Notes on the French Fashion Press of September

The Minaudière

A key accessory of the season is the minaudière, a glamorous little handbag that can be worn on the shoulder or held as a clutch. This one, designed by Corto Moltedo of leather and crystal, is a very elegant example, of which there are many.
Minaudière by Corto Moltedo © Grazia Magazine

Noteworthy : The Maverick carries an absolutely exquiste line from Mary Frances that rivals any that I have seen this season!


Amusing Minaudières

And, as we are currently on the subject of fun in fashion, the most amusing collection by far is that of Olympia Le Tan, whose minaudières and handbags resembling milk cartons and vintage novels are all the rage among fashionistas and Hollywood celebs.

Olympia Le Tan : Book Clutch, "La Femme Amoureuse"
Olympia Le Tan : Milk Box Bag

Chanel has also created an enchantingly playful minaudière resembling a Russian Babouchka.

Chanel Matriochka Enamel Bracelet Bag

The Hairy Handbag

One last ode to wackiness in the accessory department, albeit on a grander scale than the dainty minaudières, is Louis Vuitton’s very hairy hand-bag, which certainly has potential in a western gal’s wardrobe!
© Photo courtesy of WWD

This season is full of opportunities for self-expression. Find the minaudière that best resembles you, be it colored plastic or tooled leather, bejeweled, silly or furry!

Lou Murrin-Honoré

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