Little wonder

- Pint-sized purses that pack a big punch

The Lilliputia­n handbag, a style of petite proportion­s that is showing no sign of disappeari­ng from the catwalks, has an inherent frivolity. In the era of new extravagan­ce, there’s an allure to flaunting such an impractica­l accessory, which should ideally hang nonchalant­ly from the wrist or festoon a finger. We’ve set our sights on a miniscule minaudière, a rigid style that harks back to the vanity cases and cigarette boxes flaunted by Flapper girls during the Roaring Twenties. We particular­ly like Celine’s bourgeois-inspired take on ostentatio­n. The Parisian maison has swathed the solid silhouette of its minaudière with a tessellati­on of its Triomphe logo, a motif reintroduc­ed by artistic director Hedi Slimane. The style glints with gold hardware and shuts with a Triomphe-shaped clasp. For everything from chic soirées on Paris’ Right Bank to private views in Manhattan, Celine’s minaudière will hold all your after-hours essentials: lipstick, credit card and keys. But with no space for your phone, we suggest doing away with digital devices. After being stuck to our screens for so long, it’s time our experience­s were less URL, more IRL.

 ??  ?? Bag, £1,750, by Celine by Hedi Slimane. Gloves, £209, by Ines
Bag, £1,750, by Celine by Hedi Slimane. Gloves, £209, by Ines

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