The 2010 holiday season is closer than ever. For those of you looking to buy last minute gifts for your favorite ladies, or, better yet, for yourself, any of the featured pieces from our list below makes for a unique investment buy, unlike the typical clutches and handbags that run the usual party circuit.
Follow our countdown as well as the accompanying recommendations for each piece. All pieces should be available (or, perhaps wait listed) at your nearest luxury department store, or brand-specific outlet.
10. LANVIN: AMALIA METALLIC LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG
Despite all of the attention garnered by the Lanvin x H&M campaign recently, SQUA.RE remains a fan of the original, heritage-backed pieces that the Lanvin brand has always been known for. Made from textured calfskin, this crossbody bag is ideal for the ladies who inevitably find themselves on the dance floor. The rich gold color livens up any outfit, particularly if solid colors are involved. Try not to go overboard with other gold accessories, however; this bag is quite the attention grabber all on its own.
9. PRADA: VITELLO SHINE CLUTCH
Featuring a taste of the Wild West, this little clutch follows along the footsteps of the very successful Vitello line by Prada, which has included distressed calfskin hobos, and more. This black clutch featuring fringes and studs goes just as well with clean-cut streamlined outfits as it does with any frills and ruffles. It can give a little bohemian touch to an otherwise elegant dress or pant suit…which is just what a girl needs to mix things up a little bit.
8. MARC JACOBS: GILDA FUR & SEQUIN FLAP BAG
Marc Jacobs combines fur and shiny embellishments into a little party package with a leather strap. This little goatskin number comes with a flapover, a dainty little padlock and is topped off with dyed fox and raccoon fur. If you’re looking to add some drama to a look, well, look no further!
7. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN: EDEN VISION FUR BALL CLUTCH
This little fur ball is made from exclusive black mink from Finland and is lined with satin in a hot red color. Louboutin’s signature high-heeled shoe kisslock helps close this soft, little ball of luxury. Sure, it can’t carry more than a small set of keys and a lipstick, but what else does a lady really need for an elegant evening out? Beware: the long chain can make it somewhat of a swirly plaything as the evening wears on. Black or red Louboutin high-heeled pumps will make an ideal companion to this accessory, of course.
6. MARTIN MARGIELA: LEATHER STRIP CLUTCH
I have had my eye on this simple, white clutch for quite a while now. Giving a subtle edge to a classic shape, the messy wraparound of the leather strips make an understated statement. This piece would go well with a black, white, nude or fluoro outfit. Add white pearls or exquisite white shell ornaments as the perfect co-accessories.
5. YVES SAINT LAURENT: BELLE DU JOUR CROC CLUTCH
A classic in every sense of the word, this clutch is marked by one of most respected logos in fashion history. There’s nearly nothing you can wear that will not be complemented by the color and crocodile leather here.
4. BOTTEGA VENETA: WOVEN PATCHWORK KARUNG & PYTHON MINAUDIÈRE
Snakeskin is seen at its best here in this Bottega clutch. The peacock-esque colors include green, silver, blue and black twisted together by the weaving technique that the brand is most famous for. Atop the beauty sits the signature knot found in many Bottega clutches. An accessory such as this one is versatile enough to kick things up a notch whether it accompanies a glamorous dress at a holiday party, or a simple outfit for a quick cocktail in the neighborhood (meaning, even jeans and ballet flats).
3. HERMÈS: MEDOR CLUTCH
It comes as no surprise, of course, that Hermès is included in a handbag list. The Medor clutch has been one of the most coveted during 2010, and when you take a look at the simple structure and bold metal closure, the finest leather, and one of the most prestigious names in luxury, it is no surprise. The hardware follows the theme of the Medor watches, and the inner lining is made in goatskin leather. The exterior leather is one that will age very well, indeed. Sure, you may have to deal with a waitlist, but the waiting will be well worth it!
2. DOLCE & GABBANA: CHARLES MEDIUM PONY HAIR MINI BAG
With animal prints being all the rage lately, leopard prints in particular, can often lack in originality and chic. This graceful pony hair flap bag, however, is nothing but chic and sexy. With a shoulder chain to dangle over your arm, nothing says a party like this Dolce & Gabbana offering this holiday season! This purse works well with a minimalist outfit and one (only one!) element of showpiece jewelry, i.e. either earrings, or a necklace or a bracelet which has as much of a WOW factor as the purse itself.
1. ALEXANDER McQUEEN: STUDDED NAPPA FOUR-FINGER CLUTCH
Our number 1 choice is a gorgeous black leather clutch (Nappa leather exterior and interior), studded all over with Swarovski crystals, and topped off with a jeweled knuckleduster that fits neatly across your fingers, allowing you to — literally — clutch your clutch! Whether you prefer gold or gunmetal (both featured below), this McQueen accessory is just as edgy as it is luxurious, adding some flavor to your usual elegant outfit. We highly recommend using it to add the perfect rocker touch to an ultra-feminine dress or gown.