A clutch of colour and craft

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The no­tion of the hand­bag as an ob­ject of de­sire re­mains un­wa­ver­ing, even if fash­ion ex­perts main­tain that the age of con­spic­u­ous con­sump­tion is over. But what is it about a bag? Per­haps it is its in­her­ent prac­ti­cal­ity,

or per­haps it is be­cause we are car­ry­ing around a lit­tle piece of our­selves, but when it comes to this par­tic­u­lar ac­ces­sory, we in­stinc­tively look to beau­ti­fully crafted de­sign. The mar­riage be­tween form and func­tion is one ex­plored by the Riyad­hbased Princess Reema Ban­dar Al Saud, the cre­ative di­rec­tor of Baraboux, who un­veiled her fourth collection of bags in Paris last month. The collection was in­spired by the depth of colour seen in sea­sonal flow­ers – anemones, hy­drangeas, chrysan­the­mums and roses – favoured by the vi­sion­ary Parisian florist Ram­bert Ri­gaud, a for­mer stu­dio di­rec­tor in the ate­liers of Yves Saint Lau­rent and Dior Haute Cou­ture. Made from the soft­est lux­u­ri­ous leathers and ex­otic skins, the light touches of deca­dence now syn­ony­mous with the Baraboux brand were ex­ploited, in sub­tle ref­er­ences such as “the evil eye” on stingray cuffs. The pal­ette in­cluded a de­light­ful mix of serene pas­tels – sub­tle co­ral and an­tique rose shades – off­set by a deep, moody olive. A stand­out piece was the Reema clutch (pic­tured), which was re­vis­ited in this sea­son’s sig­na­ture rep­tile and snake­skin. What Al Saud has achieved with this collection is an art­ful blend­ing of the avant-garde and the tra­di­tional, with each metic­u­lously cre­ated piece re­mind­ing us that the true essence of crafts­man­ship is very much alive.

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