Marchesa Fall 2012 Bags

Posted on August 03, 2012

We’re of the opinion that a lady’s clutch, especially if it’s small in size, is one area of a look where it’s hard to go over the top. Some ladies like something small, simple and envelope-like to hold their tampon and cell phone and some ladies want to tote around something closer to a bejeweled bag. Neither approach is wrong and it all depends on the outfit, the venue, and the lady in question, as is always the case in matters of style. In that light, we can’t think of a better set of options for a clutch than these, from the Marchesa fall collection. Yes, things sometimes go a little over the top, in the Marchesa style, but these are fun and glamorous and there are just enough toned-down pieces to keep it all from going too far.

Let’s go pretend-shopping ladies. Which one is yours?

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    • Mallorie Colvin

      Do I just have a dirty mind, or does the rose (third down) look a little… vulgar?

      • Maya KC

        Oh thank god, I saw exactly the same thing.

        • DinaSews

          That was my second thought.  The first was wondering if ‘Ven’ designed it?

          • Cathy S

             That was my first thought too.

          • Igor Buarque

            Exactly my first thought. Isn’t that purse a Ven Budhu’s design?

      • Tess Danesi

        It’s a vulva. Not sure if that makes it vulgar but it certainly is one erotic little clutch.

        • Deb_Lynn

          Dita Von Teese??

      • Beth Mellone

         Not just you. I thought it was pretty gross, myself. Even if I try to train my mind away from the “vulgar” aspect, it still just looks like a ghastly flesh wound.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        I actually thought of a prolapsed bagina.

        • TonyGo

           Pursed Lips?

          • Vlasta Bubinka

            The Pursed Lip Clutch… what better place to keep your tampons and condoms?

      • Deborah Lipp

         My mind is apparently of equal vulgarity.

      • hughman

        I guess we know where she carries the Tampon.

      • MoHub

         You are not alone. I definitely got a porn vibe.

      • Dixie Murphy Ross

         …well NOW it does. *can’t unsee it* haha

      • jmorino08

         I was just thinking the same thing… No red vagina purses for me, please.

      • NDC_IPCentral

         My exclamation: “That looks a little pudendal, doesn’t it?!?”

        • Rebecca

           Spot the yoni, y’all.

      • butterflysunita

        Very Georgia O’Keeffe.

      • pottymouth_princess

         My first thought was “VAGINA PURSE!!!!!!!111″

      • olsonam

         Once I saw that one, I started thing that about almost all of them.

      • Terrie_S

        Oh, good, it’s not just me.

      • IAmJ

         Thank you! I couldn’t scroll down fast enough in the hopes of seeing a comment like this.

      • ccm800

         that or an eyeball is going to pop open any second.

      • Trevor Scott

        I really thought I’d be the only one on that. 

      • Joey Melliza

        oh you mean the vulva bag the looks like a rose? … you just have a dirty mind- hahahahahhahaahahhahaha

      • SayWTH

        Thank you, I thought the same thing! Must be from the “Georgia O’Keeffe for Marchesa” line.

      • Camille Price

        I’m glad I’m not the only one.  It’s totally a vagina.

      • mightbewrong

        Ha! I scrolled down to the comments so fast to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind.
        Subtly hinting is one thing, but no, that red clutch is actually grossing me out a bit.

      • Maddie_Faddenoid

        It totally looks like a vagina but I don’t hate it. If I was in a particularly saucy mood I may even carry it.

      • evahansman

        I totally thought the same thing. Makes me think of rose buds a whole different way.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      You know, people making jokes about putting things up with the good china when you don’t have pockets, but that red purse seems to be taking the concept a bit too far.

      • Sara Munoz Munoz

        Erm…. ah… I usually just slip my ID or keys or whatever into my bra, but…. I’ll take your word for it. Yikes.

    • Beth Mellone

      OOOH, I love that first one!

    • Synnamin

      I love most of them, but if I had to pick just one, I would go with the little gold and silver purse with the crystal on the front.

    • Chloe K. Evil

      Ooh, I’ll take the first black and gold one. Not too bejeweled- very classy. I love it.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      I really just like the first one. But I would need a tiara to go with it. 

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh I don’t know, I think adding the tiara might cause you to stun the peasantry. We must think of the little people.

    • Tess Danesi

      I want the first one, which looks like a bejeweled eyeglass case, not big enough for anything but a lipstick and a car key, for when I want something over the top and sparkly and the tenth, for  when I’m feeling a little bit rock and roll.

      These are some pretty great bags. Looks like Marchesa is best when given a smaller space to work with. Letting them have free range over the human body produces so many overdone and overblown frocks. 

      • Judih1

        Good point about Marchesa doing their best work when given a small space to work with. Perhaps purses and shoes should be their new focus

    • Rachel Sawyer

      I’ll take the first one, the 13th one (the gold number) and the last one. And I found #3–the vulva–more than a little off putting.

    • quiltrx

      I like the next to last one best.  I like them all, but I love anything with scrolling/feathery motifs.

    • bethannstamps

      drool. love them all except for the red rose one, it looks a little too much like a goiter or a tumor for me.

      • MilaXX

        The flower is too cutesy and looks like a gift to your bridesmaids.

    • Sobaika

      I claim the fifth and sixth from the top and will fight bitches for them.

    • Snailstsichr

      Ohhhhh – I love the first one, too. Also the sixth from the bottom. Well, actually I like all the ones with shiny bits. And, like Ginny, I’d like a matching tiara.

      • formerlyAnon

        Your favorite two are also my favorites. Perhaps we can each get one & trade off as necessary?

    • Joyce VG

      I’ll take one of each please. :)

      • patticake1601

        me too!!!

    • MilaXX

      I’d take them all except for number 3, that furry one and the 6th from the bottom.

    • StellaZafella

      Name that celebrity contest!
      #1: Any Royal other than the UK.
      #3: Madonna
      #6: Anjelina Jolie

    • poggi

      The 6th from the bottom with the color and straight god beads is my favorite, but really they are all fabulous with non-Marchesa looks.   

    • mjude

      i will take #1 & #2.

    • Deborah Lipp

      #12 and 14 please. 

    • alyce1213

      They’re bejewelled, colorful, pretty enough, but none of them is knocking me out.  I’ll keep shopping.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Agree, 100%.  I kept trying to like them and just thought “meh”.

    • Trisha26

      The first one with a chain strap – the silver embellishment has a slight “circuit board” motif. I also had the “Did Ven design the red rose one?” reaction.

    • Kathryn

      Love the 3rd red rose one, although it’s a little genitalia-looking.  They are all pretty great.

    • Judy_J

      Number 6 has my name on it.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Number six and number ten, please…and number two for my low-key days.  Number six if I’m playing by the rules.

    • Pennymac

      the red rose one is a little, anatomical? for me. Yes to all the rest, tho.

      • Jessica | Surely Sonsy

        thought the EXACT same thing when i saw it. that, and it’s very (Project Runway) Ven-like.

    • 3boysful

      The second one, please, and if I may have two, then also the 8th one down (the snakeskin).

    • Julie Chase

      Love the gold one with the different colored jewels. That’s an Oscars clutch.

    • Dorothy & Michael n/a

      I can’t find fault with a single one of them.  They all need to be in my closet.  Even the third one is okay with me.  Y’all need a cold shower or somethin’.

    • VicksieDo

      The first one is MINE, the third is clearly VENN’S

      • Susan Crawford

        Yes! Ven MUST have that bag!

        • MilaXX

           nobody else wants a va-jay-jay bag but Ven.

          • Susan Crawford


    • jilly_d

      Love love! Would cut a bitch for that snakeskin number with the quartz closure. Apparently Marchesa needs to stick to accessories.

    • Taija Hurri

      I love the 1, 2, 4 and 5. Not a huge Marchesa fan but who could resist overly blinged out accessories? They look like they’ve been attacked with a upmarket bedazzler, and I LOVE it. 

    • crush on you

      As long as we’re pretend shopping, I’ll take
      #2 (I’ll need some fab bejeweled earrings with this one), 
      #8 (or #16 if I need more space), 

    • Susan Crawford

      Send along the first bag to satisfy my fixation with rubies, and bag number 13 because it is just plain fabulous!

    • out for a walk

      That first one makes me think of some Alexander McQueen clutches. Pretty fabulous, which at this point is a shock coming from Marchesa.

    • Fordzo

      I just died.  I love them all.

    • EEKstl

      #1 is a MUST HAVE, I just had an 80’s flashback to Yves St. Laurent’s Russian phase; #10 is pretty fab too so you can pack that one up for me as well.

    • UglyCasanova

      I’m a guy and I’ll take #2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 19.

    • Pamela

      No reptile prints, no feathers and not #3 which looks like a vagina.  All the rest I will happily covet.

    • kimmeister

      I like the first snake one, and the 2nd-to-last white one.

    • rhl25

      I thought Bollywood, Bollywood, vagina, cheap Bollywood, Bollywood, Bollywood, Japanese.

    • marlie

       I’ll take the black one with the gold embroidery, 4th one down, please.

      Wait… you’re not buying one for each of us?

    • Deedles

      Wow. Most of these remind me of Liberace.

    • jmats


    • snarkykitten

      look at that. Marchesa playing with the hot glue gun. What a surprise.

      (Not even touching that…ah…rose.)

    • Louise Bryan

      11, fer sher

    • save_the_hobbit

       Looooove all the bejeweled ones. Gotta DIY me one of these.

    • sweet_potato

      I love the crystal closures. I’ll take the fuzzy white one.

    • Daenyx

      The blue-marbled square one is the only one in that lineup I even find tolerable, but then I don’t tend to like Marchesa much.  That bejeweled monstrosity that’s 6th from the bottom looks like the kind of thing I made during my “artistic” phase in second grade.

    • guest2visits

      One of each. And then I’ll step into my pumpkin in search of the rest of this princess’s life.

    • ccm800

      EW! The red one! Looks like a cats poo hole! EW!  

    • formerlyAnon

      First one (red “stones”) and sixth from the bottom (vaguely sunburst effect featuring something that looks like large gold bugle beads).

      That first one, especially is mine, it is my preciousss, my preciousssses it isssss . . .

      Most compelling thumbnail I can recall.

      Oddly, the majority of the rest aren’t even also-rans for me.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        i like exactly the same ones.
        also the ridiculous anatomical rose–for its desire to either not do this ridiculously but subtly & missing by a city born absurd mile -or- for not knowing what it was doing in the first place. still, i’d carry it along w/ my explanation.
        strange that i like any of them, i was gonna say that the only clutch i’d fantasy carry would be a judith lieber minaudière–an old one, one in the shape of something unsuspected done up in rhinestones–but i do like these too.

        • MissAnnieRN

          Seriously – first thought on viewing the red rose one was Vagina Clutch.  And from there, the jokes write themselves.

    • Anna


    • librarygrrl64

      I’ll take the 9th one down, please. :-)

    • Camille Price

      Dibs on the very first one!

    • amanda lynn

      i’m sorry.  while pretty…. i feel like i can go to the local mall and pick one up at Claire’s.

    • Therese Bohn

      The black one just below the vagina purse (eww!) is passable, but the rest look like someone got sick in the  production room. 

    • bellafigura1

      The blue tie-dye-y snakeskin is epic.

    • Rachel Goldberg

      The first red one looks like a Georgia O’Keefe, and  not in a good way. 

    • nokkonwud

      #14 for me but since I’m a man, I’ll just leave it on my dresser for a little art.

    • margaret meyers

      That red satin va-jay-jay purse is looking at me!

    • mznormann

      My faves are 2 and 6! Gorgeous!!

    • littlemac8

      Wow!  These are knockouts and would be gorgeous with solid color dresses!  I would love to carry one – who cares what fits in it?

    • elirt

      The rose/vagina wrapped one — is that a joke or something?

      Love the rattlesnake one with what looks like a dark crystal or possibly a bullet as the snap. Some are way too over the top for me.

    • Sarah Miller


    • Sarah Miller

      I wish T & Lo would start playing the ‘name the starlet’ game when it came to clutches, too. I think we’re ALL dying to know who would carry that red Georgia O’Keeffe number. (And those McQueen clutches, too.)

    • mila_8

      7th down, blue swirly for me please!

    • bitterk

      i’ll take the first three