The bags that every self-respecting fashionista needs to have in her collection
Gérard Darel: Gérard Darel’s designs are somehow at once timeless and trendy. The new tasselled leather clutch could just as easily be spotted in the backdrop of a Grace Kelly film as in the VIP section of Cavalli Club. One thing’s for certain: this versatile little bag deserves a night out at one of the emirate’s more classy clubs.
Available at Gérard Darel, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9780). Dhs800.
Alexander McQueen: Swarovski crystals meets skulls – does it get any more badass than that? We adore this edgy piece, which is so sleek and seductive it makes us want to take a walk on the wild side.
Available at Harvey Nichols , Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888). Dhs4,550.
Christian Louboutin: Now, Swarovski crystals meet animal print – can you get any more decadent? We think not. Grab a simple black dress and let the clutch do the talking. Available at Harvey Nichols , Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888). Dhs9,800
Mojo: We dig Mojo’s take on the traditional keffiyeh (aka, Palestinian scarf). It’s a little larger than your average clutch, meaning it could fit a wide range of makeup, and perhaps a good book.
Available at Ounass, Emirates Towers Shopping Boulevard (04 330 0617). Other location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888). Dhs975.
Ash Amaira: This clutch has colour, so if you want to pull it off, you should too. The scrapbook, tapestry quality gives the bag an air of bohemian chic. If you want to really make the outfit, try pairing it with some black jeans and an ironic vintage tee.
Available at Ounass, Emirates Towers Shopping Boulevard (04 330 0617). Other location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888). Dhs950.
Nahui Ollin: These funky bags are perfect for the environmentally conscious. Pieced together in Mexico, they’re made from recycled candy wrappers and soda labels collected from small, independent factories. They make a nice gift for any fashionista harbouring a particular sweet tooth.
Available at Boom & Mellow,
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3993). Dhs335-Dhs610.
Topshop: Clutches often make the outfit on a night out, which is why we can justify the crazy sums some of them cost. But Topshop proves a bag need not be expensive to be super cute and super trendy. This simple black and white leather number may be low-cost, but it’s not low-key. Plus, it’s versatile; you could pair it with jeans just as easily as with an evening dress.
Available at Topshop, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9790). Dhs330.
IMI: It’s quite possible that you could see the shimmer off this Swarovski-crystal covered clutch from space. Despite the bag’s diminutive size, it does come cram-packed with personality. The heart-shaped strawberry design is delightfully frivolous – you need a free spirit to pull it off.
Available at Studio 8, Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Mercato (04 344 3934). Dhs3,500.