Market Watch: Marchesa Handbags

Marchesa handbag

If you’ve ever seen a Marchesa gown (and if you’ve ever seen a red carpet, you’ve seen a Marchesa gown), you know that that an everyday shoulder bag is just not going to cut it on the accessories front. Luckily, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have you covered.

The brand’s line of handbags is every bit as elaborate as its heavily-beaded and embroidered gowns—they’re just smaller. One python bag has flower appliques; a shiny croc clutch has a beaded tassel. There are feathers and crystals and lizard and one gorgeous smoky blue enamel clutch with scalloped crystal trim—perfect for that roaring ‘20s vibe we’re all feeling for spring.

Marchesa handbag

The bottom line: these evening bags are works of art, as impressive as those aforementioned gowns. (With prices from $1,795 to $8,950, you better believe it.)

What about those without black tie galas filling up their date books? Marchesa’s take on a day bag is a black leather chain-strap bag quilted into a swirling pattern. Sure, it’s a bit more low-key than an entirely crystal-encrusted clutch—but it’s hardly something you’d throw on with your sneakers. Something tells us the Marchesa woman doesn’t wear sneakers, though…and we prefer it that way.

Photos: Handbags from the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection