Regardless of its controversies and blended critiques, And Simply Like That, has already grow to be the following huge factor all people likes to hate on. And whereas I’d imagined (emphasis on the “imagined” half) that I’d be capable of maintain off watching till I may binge it in full, the in depth debate surrounding the closets of Carrie Bradshaw and co. (sans Samantha) haven’t escaped my eye.
For us purse-lovers, particularly, And Simply Like That delivers ample eye-candy (to the purpose that the present feels extra like a sequence of campaigns) to tide us over till the following season of Emily in Paris. And the purses seen in its seven episodes to this point occur to be a few of the trendiest out there. From LTW’s Louis Vuitton Coussin to Charlotte’s Fendi Basket bag and the Gucci Hacker Mission Hourglass Carrie carries, practically each sizzling purse presently underneath the solar appears to be receiving protection on the present.
Most strikingly, nevertheless, the tour de drive of Carrie’s outfits in episodes 3 & 4 (and a few would argue, of your entire sequence) has been the purple sequin Fendi Baguette, that allegedly received robbed from her in the course of the present’s authentic run. And ever since then, whether or not you prefer it or not, sequins appear to have returned with a vengeance. Not solely did Fendi reissue the fashion, however classic ones have as soon as once more began retailing for inflated costs, and high-street contemporaries have adopted go well with and launched their very own takes (in truth, UK-based River Island got here up with a model that appears uncannily much like the unique).
Now, being a bag-aficionado, whereas it undoubtedly delights me to see the resurgence of a cult favourite, it additionally received me interested by the practicality of sequins. Having grown up seeing them throughout, it’s not one thing I had notably given any thought to. Sequins, although, haven’t solely been in existence for longer, however a few of their very first iterations (fabricated from gold nuggets, no much less) have been present in King Tut’s tomb! In truth, gold cash and treasured gems have been used as the traditional equal of sequins – the sunshine they radiate regarded as an echo of the divine.
This turned extra obvious in later civilizations like Renaissance Europe. Even Leonardo da Vinci is even recognized to have designed a sequin machine! Extra not too long ago, sequins turned a staple within the Flapper-attire of the 20s and had been seen on Anna Pavlova’s costume in Swan Lake. By then, gelatin had changed steel as the fabric used for making sequins. And, as you possibly can guess, it wasn’t notably sturdy when it got here to getting used on clothes – being liable to melting, distorting, and dissolving. Lastly, when WWII halted gelatin productions, mylar, acetate, and later vinyl plastic started for use of their manufacturing. And shortly, all people from Mick Jagger and Cher to David Bowie was carrying them!
However when had been sequins first utilized in making purses? That’s unsure, although clutches from the 20s encrusted with sequins would possibly recommend that they had been used on equipment across the identical time they turned extra widespread on clothes. Their rise to mainstream luxurious trend, nevertheless, doubtless occurred with the introduction (and subsequent mugging) of the sequin Baguette in Intercourse and the Metropolis, and now it’s again once more.
Is it probably the most purposeful of supplies? In all probability not – it’s liable to getting snagged in your clothes and falling off, or conversely pulling threads out of the garments themselves – neither of that are notably fascinating. In truth, YouTuber Stella Connolly speaks at size of her misgivings concerning the Baguette in her unboxing video. And he or she has a degree too – shelling out over $3,600 on the Baguette (or, properly, every other luxurious purse festooned with sequins) isn’t going to get us sound cost-per-wear.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply that spending such huge bucks on a sequined purse is a wholly pointless train. Lovers of Chanel Flaps usually use sequin-encrusted variations, which they discover extra attention-grabbing than the common leather-based ones. And purses are available all completely different designs and patterns – some have sequins throughout, whereas others, just like the sequined model of the long-lasting Fendi Spy, featured them in little strips alongside the ridges of luscious thick leather-based.
Primarily, sequins function a method to face out with out resorting to monograms, chunky chains, or heavy studs. And the idea of a novelty or “particular events solely” purse isn’t all that unusual – in any case, a New Yr’s skirt or a glittery night costume isn’t meant for use each day, so why shouldn’t the identical precept apply to purses? Sequins add a component of caprice and pleasure to your outfit that few different issues can; it’s an funding in happiness, if not a financial one. And similar to that, you notice that it’s terribly tough to be unhappy whenever you’re carrying sequins, and as purse-lovers, the enjoyment our (sequined) purses carry to us is an important factor there may be!