In slang terms, when something is “clutch,” it knows how to perform under pressure in those crucial moment that comes between winning and losing.

In fashion, a clutch is made to carry the essentials: lipstick, keys, a phone, and perhaps a few tampons. The bag is generally used at night, and meant to be held in one’s hand as easily as an envelope or small parcel.

Combining these terms, one can have a “clutch that is clutch”.

A Wheel of Clutches for your evening bag needs, featuring Kayu, Rebecca Minkoff, ASOS, Alice+Olivia, and more.

(From Top Right, Clockwise)

  • Imperial leather box clutch by Anya Hindmarch includes her signature cartoonish eyes that give this piece whimsy.
  • The Leo Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff features an exposed zipper trim.
  • Alice+Olivia’s Stripe Be Beaded clutch adds an elegant touch to any outfit.
  • A seriously cool clutch for all the heart melters out there by Minty Jungle. 
  • The ASOS Punchout clutch is created using laser-cut flap designs.
  • Partially Parisian, and very feminine, this Poodle print envelope is the ultimate quirky pattern from ASOS.
  • Edie Parker’s Jean Striped Acrylic and Glitter Clutch is inspired by midcentury styles worn by socialites and showgirls.
  • Matte leather, magnetic closure and beaded sequins intermingle in this geometric masterpiece by River Island. 
  • A hardshell Kayu clutch with embroidered stars on the woven exterior.

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Brocade Arcade

It’s not just for grannies in southern florida anymore! When you hear the term “brocade,” you should no longer thing of gaudy, gauche, flowered couches adorned in plastic covers.

Marchesa Collection – Cassarro Fabrics

Francine Collection – Cassarro Fabrics

Brocade fabric or brocade patterns are known for being “rich” and “opulent” because of how labor intensive and time consuming (and thus expensive) the creation of styles can be.  These decorative shuttle-woven fabrics are usually made using colored silks ($$) and with or without  metallic (often gold and silver) threads. True brocade must be made and largely woven on a Jacquard loom. This allows the textile to take on the look of a complex tapestry or large woven quilt. Although many brocade fabrics look like tapestries and are advertised by fashion magazines, brands, and home decor catalogues as such, an actual brocade piece is hard to come by in this machine age.

Fall 2012 Louis Vuitton

Marni 2012, Balmain 2012, Marchesa 2012 – aka the Brocade Brigade – found here.

Balmain Fall 2012

Deacon’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection brought Victorian opulence with a modern twist while contrasting androgyny with all things feminine, here.

Dark, deep, secretive and sophisticated. Via.

Brocade is often associated with Italy and the high Renaissance, but the success of the fabric is also a testament to the expansion of the silk road. Cultures in China, India, Persia and the Far East would copy, replicate, or repeat Italian motifs throughout their manufacture. Italy would then “steal” from China, no one is really so sure as to when and how the techniques were created. To this day, in Guatemala, brocade is the most popular technique used to decorate fabric woven by Maya weavers on backstrap looms. Some societies used to only reserve the style for special occasions. However, brocade’s steeply fell out of fashion after the Victorian Era and hardly existed in the 1900’s. Perhaps the textile would make an appearance in a purse here or a brooch there, but overall it was not en vogue. In recent years, such as at in 2005 or Fall 2012 , high-end designers have toyed with brocade fabrics even for everyday wear.

Brocade Damask Turquoise /  Custom Option: Isolate  © DLM Studio

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antionette falls apart, but looks good doing so. Image found here, original source unknown.

Brocade is most often associated with upholsteries, draperies and evening-wear, but can also be used in unconventional ways. By marrying obscure  and slow weft techniques with an assembly line society, reliant on mass production, a sharp contrast can be drawn.

Via.

DRYDEN VELVET by OSBORNE & LITTLE

Like living inside of a cream colored Faberge egg, here. 

Sea Cliff Home by Niche Interiors

Beauty escorted by apes and monkeys as pages, from Beauty and the Beast, 1896, found in the New York Public Library.

Neon Brocade via Houzz. 

Wes Gordon 2012 ONYX AND GOLD LEOPARD BROCADE
AND BLACK WOOL COCOON DRESS & FLARED LEOPARD-BROCADE PANTS

Florentine Damask and a bit of Brocade upholstery? Via the Royal Design Studio.

East Meets West via DecorPad.

This clutch bag by ASOS Collection has been crafted from a brocade fabric with metallic detailing. The brocade Flatforms, Flats, and Chelsea ankle boots are driving me wild – they are clever and quirky.  Brocade is not just for the rich anymore!

Here’s a bit of a nomenclature lesson. All weaves consist of warp threads which run down the length of fabric and weft threads (also known as woof threads) which pass over and under the warp threads. Damask and brocade are related patterned fabrics in that they both exploit the play of light falling on the weave structure. Damask and brocade are both made on a jacquard loom. Brocade is usually made with richer colors, several threads, and is not reversible – that is, the fabric, when turned over, will create a photo-negative like effect. When in doubt, pull a Scarlett O’Hara curtain dress!

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Pants: Languid and loose, these wide-leg pants are our au courant silhouette (and let us give our skinnies a much needed break).  Printed Wide Leg Pant by Alice + Olivia in Sunflower Print, via. / Room: The Designer’s Guild wallpaper is hand drawn and beautifully printed. The Amalienborg wallcoverings are inspired by the rococo elegance of royal St Petersburg, its architecture and decoration, via.

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Pants: LARA PRINTED 7/8TH PANT in Bright floral by Forever News, via. / Room:  A cozy floral paradise with hints of the blue oceans by Debi Treloar for Homespun Style by Selina Lake via Heart Home Magazine.

Pants: DKNY EVA PRINT ANKLE SKINNY TROUSER WITH SEAM DETAILS Printed trousers are hot property this season so be sure to invest in a striking statement pair. These perfectly skinny and incredibly comfy stretch cotton trousers will look effortlessly stylish paired with luxe block colour separates. Alternatively you could go all-out and wear pair with the coordinating top for catwalk worthy cool. Via. / Room: Cheryl Tiegs by Andy Warhol, room by Martyn-Lawrence Bullard found via La Dolce Vita.

Pants: The Mysterious Universe Soft-touch Leggings by Romwe, although you might know the size you are in these pants, their ever stretching fibers will leave you pondering the size and expansiveness of the celestial bodies, via/ Room: An entire wall of perfectly spaced of 18th century Asa Smith astronomy prints courtesy of Elle Decor.