Matthew Williamson gives Judith Leiber a run for her money

July 29th, 2011

Matthew Williamson Embellished Satin Clutch, $1610 via Net-a-Porter

Judith Leiber bags are undeniably beautiful, but it’s also hard to deny that they skew to a certain customer – older, well-established women with a penchant for straight-up glitz. Leiber’s done extremely well with that demographic and they wouldn’t dream of going elsewhere for a small, sparkly evening bag, but what of the women who want something that’s as modern as it is tiny and detailed?

That’s where the Matthew Williamson Embellished Satin Clutch comes in. This bag has all of the intricacy of a Leiber minaudiere with none of the bold shine, opting instead for a matte look that will likely appeal to women who want a slightly younger feel.

As is always the case with Williamson, the pattern is the story with this clutch. The designer uses a combination of beads, paillettes, crystals and springs (springs?) to achieve a feel that’s at once both modern and a bit art deco, and the finished product is obviously luxurious without being straight-up obvious. I haven’t seen a beaded box clutch that I’ve liked this much in a long, long time, and hopefully Williamson will expand on his evening bag offerings even more in the future. He has a knack for them. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1610

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