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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The luxury house ventures into accessories for the first time with a handbag collection that is as glamorous as its dresses.
www - When I think of Marchesa, I think of "made to wear for a red carpet event." The label is a favorite amongst beautiful stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Diane Kruger, Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz to wear for Hollywood premieres and award ceremonies, but they are also elegantly design that there is just no other place but a Hollywood red-carpet event to wear them. And now the label is venturing out to accessories for the first time ever for Spring 2010 with a collection of 28 clutches and evening cases that are also perfect for the red carpet. Marchesa's co-founder and designer Georgina Chapman didn't hold back when it came to designing the handbags. Intricate details such as beading, pleating and corsetry adorn the handbags. Elements of jewelry is also in the collection as every bag is completed with a hand-cut rock crystal. Some of the key styles include exotic skins such as alligator, crocodile and lizard in lush colors, grosgrain ribbon detailing seen inside the bags to evoke a corset, and silk and satin clutches with embroidery, one even resembles a Marchesa signature motif, a soft rosette. On top of all of that, Chapman and her co-founder Keren Craig made sure that the bags would fit all the items a woman needs to survive a night out on the town. Craig says, "We were frustrated because we couldn't find [an evening] bag to fit it all. These are timeless styles, and it was important that they be unique." The collection is expected to be sold in the evening department where the label's dresses are sold and in the main floor of the accessories department. Although Chapman suggests that these handbags could be worn with jeans and a t-shirt, I'll just wait until I receive my invite to the Oscars to carry around one of their gorgeous bags. [story via wwd & images by marchesa/robert mitra]
Kristina Bustos

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