If you haven’t seen True Grit, I totally recommend it – even if it is just for the movie’s 14-year-old star Hailee Steinfeld. While I really enjoyed the film as a whole, I fell in love with Hailee and her tough-as-nails portrayal of a young girl trying to avenge her father’s death. An even bigger surprise has been this teen’s performance on the red carpet. She has been one of my favorites at the Globes, SAGs and now at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, above, wearing Alberta Ferretti.
Somehow she always manages to look age appropriate and fashion forward at the same time, and I’m particularly loving her pop of red with a cute (and affordable) clutch from H&M and shoes from Aldo. This is a great way to make a solid white or black dress stand out from the crowd. If you do decide to wear shoes and a bag of the same color, try to mix it up with different textures or materials — stay away from pieces that are too matchy-matchy.
Here are some standouts to get you started:
CHANEL 11C Fuschia Patent Classic Quilted WOC Wallet Chain Purse Bag
Green Python Champagne Hardware Frame Clutch
Vintage Bordeaux Woven Suede & Lizard Bag
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While it may at times seem inaccessible, Dita Von Teese’s pinup/burlesque/retro style is often times made up of a few very easy-to-wear pieces that would look good in anyone’s wardrobe. Take, for example, her look at the Jean Paul Gaultier Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show on October 2. Gorgeous crocodile clutch? Check. Sparkly Louboutins? Check. Long gloves? Yes, please.
Any one of these pieces can take you straight through the season. We have a couple of stunning Chanel crocodile clutches that I would gladly add to my own collection:
CHANEL Vintage Crocodile Westminster Envelope Flap Bag & Clutch
CHANEL Crocodile Shoulder Bag & Clutch
And I’m loving these red suede elbow-length gloves as well. They are perfect for the 3-quarter-length sleeves on many of the season’s best coats.
ETRO Long Dark Ruby Red Suede Gloves
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Eva Longoria Parker has been seen all over Hollywood rocking her Adriana Castro “Annie” lizard clutch. I particularly like that she shows us just how versatile the bag is–it looks just as good with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a structured dress for evening. This goes to show you that exotic skins can often act as a neutral even though they are essentially one big pattern.
Want to try the same look with a lizard clutch? Here are a few of our absolute favorites:
LAMBERTSON TRUEX Brown Lizard Minaudiere with Silver Hardware
JUDITH LEIBER Vintage Spotted Olive & Black Lizard Rock n Roll Studded Clutch Evening Bag
BOTTEGA VENETA Black Lizard & Suede Ruffle Evening Clutch Bag
First image via People.com