I got a special gift this year in the form of a convo. A wonderful gal sent me this link about Natalie Portman's look at the London premiere of her movie, "Black Swan." To my surprise, Natalie was carrying . . . (dramatic pause) a book clutch! A Hollywood starlet at the peak of her career carrying a book purse to a premiere the movie everyone knows will win her an Oscar?! The fashion gods have indeed smiled upon me! Not to mention, said wonderful gal requested me to make her a similar clutch. Hooray!
original images from here and stylebistro.com
While Natalie's Olympia De-Tan clutch is gorgeous (and pricey!) to be sure, I was disappointed that it's not actually made from a real book. Not to mention, I don't think the design is very user-friendly. (Yes, this is the part where I talk about how my purses are better AND cheaper. Just so you know.) The clasp is darling but it looks like it would be difficult to stick your hand in and pull something out. No one wants to have a tampon fall out of their purse on the red carpet. Not that someone as perfect as Natalie Portman would have need for a tampon, but you get the point. I use magnetic snaps on the inside of my book clutches for closure. The De-Tan is also missing a wrist strap. I add straps to all my clutches because I know how clumsy I am. But if you prefer a strapless clutch, all the straps I make are removable.
I explained all this to the gal and she agreed on my design. Yay! I wish I could share which book she picked for her own clutch because it's beautiful . . . but, you'll just have to wait until she sees the finished product and approves. This clutch will certainly be the most elegant purse I've made to date. I'm waiting for the book to get here . . . I can't wait to get started!
In the meantime, I'm going to contact Rachel Zoe (celebrity stylist) . . . one of her clients definitely needs a BiblioBags "moment" at the Oscars. ; )