Like a great supermodel off-duty (read Kate Moss), no matter how often Givenchy changes their style, it is still unmistakably and powerfully Givenchy. When it comes to bags (and fashion muses), this is a trait many strive for and few get right. It’s in the label’s confidence of design, the unflinching hardware, the nuances. For their tough exteriors, Givenchy accessories possess a delicacy that reflects a fine balance between the hard and soft – one of which I just cannot get enough.
It just dawned on me that I do not own a bright green clutch (that’s because I’ve never found one tempting enough for me to click buy). That just changed! The absinthe-green Pepe clutch ($1,250) has what it takes to tempt me. It’s just what I’ve been looking for: textured leather to give such a vivid color depth. I’ve never tasted absinthe, but I’ve heard that in addition to inducing hallucinations, it’s highly addictive. Just like Givenchy bags – they make me imagine all the possibilities I could wear them with, and they keep me coming back for more.
A great emerald clutch is a rare find, but so is a remarkable black tote. The Obsedia ($1,875) is not your basic black carryall; it has a je ne sais quoi, but the mystique also lies in the hardware. Something as simple as their logo-embossed metal bar and pull-ring catapults the messenger from oh-so-ordinary to ooh-la-la Givenchy.
Pair with: I would love to blend these ruggedly textured and luxuriously crafted bags with an array of prim-but-not-proper lace-up booties. Mix and match between Marc Jacobs’ S&M sensation ($1,139), Dior’s scalloped and grommeted ankle boot ($1,100), McQ’s flirty two-tone lace-up ($555), Versace’s be-plaqued peep-toe (for a silver-meets-gold hardware mash-up, $1,695), and of course, Givenchy’s patent-leather Luistania ($895).