After 18 days in Europe (Milan for the shows, Madrid to lecture at Institute of European Design plus Lugano and London in between) with my 5 year old son I am SO glad to be home at my desk to just… blog. I spent a lot of time looking at bags while in Europe at the shows and one thing is clear, embellished bags via chains, zippers and beading remain strong for Fall 2010. While I love all three of these trends separately; I think it’s total overkill to have them on one single bag– especially when said bag is a slim 11″ clutch. I am really over my initial Balmain-ia and this clutch confirms the brand is not a serious contender in the bag arena. I also can not endorse the silly flower and heart charms which are apparently inspired by the charms on those hideous Croc shoes. I mean if I wanted a DIY bag from my 9 year old goddaughter I would have asked her to make me one. And it certainly would not cost $2,120. Balmain Night Pearl Leather Clutch at Net-a-porter here.