Holiday minaudieres from Kotur include (from top left clockwise): Espey Sequin Stars, Espey Sequin Ombre, Morley Ruched and Margo Corrugated brocade.
Last week I attended the launch of KOTUR’s holiday collection at Harvey Nichols hosted by designer and founder, Fiona Kotur. I have been friends with Fiona for a few years and am always in awe of her ability to juggle a family of four boys and an incredibly successful line of handbags that continue to take the fashion world by storm. I remember when she first launched the brand here in Hong Kong years ago with a small collection. Today she boasts editorial in magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue, fans including Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lopez, and most recently a very cool collaboration with American retailer J.Crew. It’s fair to say that she has definitely made it and I think it all comes down to the line’s chic and fashion forward designs that are also practical, well-made and affordable (a rarity in fashion these days!)
Which brings me to her new Holiday collection. I am not one to embrace bling (a friend once joked that I have a secret fear of magpies attacking me) but I am loving her sequinned styles for the evening. The Espey Sequin Ombre minaudiere (US$495) is decorated with sequins in different shades to create a light to dark effect that was hot on the catwalks this autumn. I am also hankering after the Espey Sequin Stars (US$450) which features a fun star pattern that is giving Dolce & Gabbana a run for their money. Both come in two colourways but you can pair either with a chic cocktail dress (nothing patterned and preferably in a dark colour) and you’re all good to go.
I am also loving the idea of rich, textured fabrics for the party season, so I would also suggest the Margo in the pinched brocade that resembles polka dots. There is also a leopard print brocade which is used on the Morely and Miller clutches. Last but not least is my ultimate pick for the season: the Miller black satin evening clutch (below) with sprays of feather plumes on one end. If you like to make a dramatic entrance, then this one is definitely for you.
Kotur handbags are available at Harvey Nichols (The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, tel: +852 3695 3388) as well as online at www.koturltd.com which is currently offering free shipping until the end of the month