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Wednesday, December 31st 2008

style by the handful


Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a glass of bubbly in one hand and a glam clutch in the other. The New York Times knows it, and gives a shout-out to that all-important style staple: the embellished, metallic, or glossy clutch that endures season after season, soiree after soiree. This year I’ll be taking the understated route with my New Year’s Eve ensemble (draped silk top, dark denim, suede pumps with a hint of shine), so a glittery little handful will be an easy way to add a dash of glam.

The Times spotlights Anya Hindmarch’s Disco Clutch, a high-shine number in mirrored leather, as one of “the season’s loveliest.” Lauren Merkin is a go-to label for eye-catching evening clutches, and the Louise Metallic Zebra Clutch and the Char Patent Clutch don’t disappoint. Kooba wins points for an oversized clutch that can be converted into a shoulder bag by day, and Felix Rey’s Mesi Clutch makes metal mesh really pop with flashes of teal and fuchsia. And Tory Burch’s Art Deco-inflected Mandy Clutch does wonders to enliven a minimalist shift.


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