Alongside the steady stream of classic uptown IT bags (the Chanel 2.55, the glossy Givenchy Antigonia, the Alexander Wang Rockie to name but a few) there is, and for some time has been, a wave of fashionistas clamouring for the latest novelty IT bag. From Charlotte Olympia’s just about anything: the teddy bear, the croissant, the box of popcorn to Olympia Le Tan’s antique book clutches (beautifully embroidered covers of Lolita, The Great Gatsby and Madame Bovary) – they’ve been a sure-fire way to get street style papped. Which camp you’re parked in determines fabrics and colour palettes – the novelty clutch is often worn with a brightly coloured shaggy coat whilst the sleek leather numbers will almost certainly be seen alongside a smart mannish coat or luxe leather.
The new bag on the block though, somehow straddles the two and has been the go-to, instagrammable clutch of New York Fashion Week. The perspex clutch comes in an array of manifestations - some adorned, some clean-cut but always revealing the entirety of your purse’s precious contents. It’s a bit of showy bag – it tells the world, ‘look how streamlined and efficient my choices are’. No tampons or snotty tissues allowed in here – only bejewelled iPhones, a single Chanel lipstick and (in NY anyway) a few dollar bills.
The boxy Chanel perfume bottle bag, created in the shape of the famous No. 5 scent, has popped up on several of our favourite fashionistas’ feeds this week including The Misshapes lovely Leigh Lezark. The cult collector’s item is a snip at $5k per piece – needless to say, Rihanna has two and obviously wears them in tandem.
Charlotte Olympia has of course, her own fabulous version that joins the ranks of her handbag menagerie. Blogger Harley Viera Newton instagrammed her own, sat beside another perspex Chanel purse, a cassette tape, at dinner over the shows.
There are plenty of high street options too. We rather like a blingy bejewelled number but clean and clear work just as well – just be sure to edit the contents carefully!