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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alexander McQueen's Brilliant Bags

Alexander McQueen's Daisy Clutch

Making a clever bag is not easy. There's a fine line between bold and heavy-handed. Kitsch can be cool, but make one wrong turn and the whole thing becomes gimmicky. Alexander McQueen succeeded in making a series of lavish and unconventional bags where others failed. It's no small feat to go into the cliched territory of bikers, safety pins, zippers and skulls, and keep it fresh long after the trends are over. In retrospect, it's easy to see why he succeeded so wildly with his clothes and his bags--Alexander McQueen was true to himself. His motifs weren't about trends, they were about his style.

Here are some of my favorites from his many insanely original bag designs:

The Knuckle Duster Patent Leather Clutch.

The popular and oh-so-coveted Faithful Satchel.

The infamous Safety Pin Bag via thatsafabuloushandbag.

The Faithful Bucket which took the motorcycle jacket to another level.

Who could forget the skeletal luggage for Samsonite?

The witty Crystal-print clutch.

The play on a Faberge egg, otherwise knonw as McQueen's Empire Bag. Photo via My Prestigium.

Of course, his pièce de résistance as far as I'm concerned will always be his Union Jack Skull Clutch. Photo courtesy

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3 Responses to "Alexander McQueen's Brilliant Bags"
  1. Dania Padron said...
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Mary Jo,

    I loved your picks. They're a great representation of McQueen's talent and varying styles. I agree about the Union Jack Skull Clutch being his best handbag, but that Daisy Clutch was a close second.

    I really do miss him...

  2. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Thanks Dania, I agree--that daisy one is such a close tie for first, the sweetness of the daisies paired with the skull as if to remind us of "pushing up daisies"--which was so him. I did have the glove bag in the mix and forgot to add it in at the last minute, so I was so glad to see you covered it above :) It's not just any designer who can take these kinds of pop jokes and make them fun fashion. Wishing now that I'd bought the Union Jack bag before it was too late!


  3. Michael St. James said...
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    That luggage collection was life-altering! I still regret not purchasing the skeletal piece. I LOVE his printed clutches too! Fab picks Mary Jo!

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