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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Classic Complications

This past weekend I saw It's Complicated. Have you seen it? I loved it, especially the bar scene where Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, survivors of a nasty divorce from each other, begin to fall in love again. If this wasn't a handbag blog, I'd be embarrassed to admit that what really caught my eye was the wonderful navy clutch that Meryl toyed with from time to time at the bar. Unfortunately it's not in the photo above, but maybe you'll understand when I tell you that I found myself captivated by it's size--just a little bigger than her hand; a hardback clutch covered in butter-soft navy braided leather. It had a neat press button closure and the perfect swingy tassel--not too big, but just right. The reason I'm sharing this with you is that it made me think about what I would've carried in the same fantasy scene. In day-to-day life I carry a classic bowling bag (my own design, I admit) because it's roomy yet streamlined and goes with everything. A very practical bag. But part of me loves bright and shiny objects of desire, and I've had my eye on this Pucci bean-shaped clutch for awhile now. To me, it would be a little jewel-like classic to top off my wardrobe!

Pucci Bean-shaped Clutch

How can I justify a gem/pod like bag as a classic? Well for one thing, it's from Emilio Pucci, and the shape wonderfully mimics their iconic 50s modern paisley graphic. It delights my inner little girl with its clever jewel toy-box quality, yet it's very big girl sensuous/sexy. And small enough to tuck into the palm of your hand. Plus the color: navy that hints at all sorts of marine blues, colors that never go out of style, ever!

Do you hold an unusual bag dear to your heart--one that that makes it into your list of "perfect classics" yet falls outside the norm of what a "classic" is? I'd love to hear all about it!


3 Responses to "Classic Complications"
  1. Dania Padron said...
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    I've been dying to see this film, Mary Jo, but we're a dvd, on demand couple because are kids are too young to go to the movies. Wish I could've seen that clutch.

    I'm not much for Emilio Pucci in general, but I like the pyramid-like facets on this clutch. The color is gorgeous as well.

    As to your departing question, the Gucci Boston bag from the 70's holds a very dear place in my heart because it was my mom's go-to bag. It will always be a "classic" in my mind. I'm actually including it as part of the "A few of my favorite things" series. You'll get the full story by the end of the week.

    Great post!

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