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Judith Leiber Couture's acoustic/electric guitar-inspired crystal embellished bag

Their small size – barely enough space for your cell, an ID, a few credit cards and your best lipstick – might make clutch bags seem slightly outdated and impossibly impractical for today’s stylista. But for real fashion plates, the clutch-as-jaw-dropping-accoutrement reigns supreme as the ultimate statement piece.

Designer Nathalie Trad is known internationally for her asymmetric shapes. Her South Beach Boulevard-inspired clutches meld nature’s bounty with Art Deco panache. The Murray ($1,500) combines stark lines with delicate mother of pearl accents.  Available at Atelier7918.  :: atelier7918.com

Christian Louboutin embraces the aloha spirit with the Loubiposh Hawaii clutch. Only available at Neiman Marcus, the Italian-made bag bursts with color from the vivid tropical bird-of-paradise, plumeria and hibiscus flower-print.  ($1,250) :: neimanmarcus.com

Valentino’s signature studs embellish this ivory calf leather pouch with foldover flap closure ($2,045). The wristlet strap makes it ease to get a grip on this Rolling Rockstud bag. Available at Valentino, South Coast Plaza. :: valentino.com

Designer extraordinaire Judith Leiber took inspiration from fiery volcanos and Egyptian pyramids for this Italian-made, Austrian-crystal encrusted clutch suitable for Queen Hatshepsut herself.  $4,995 :: judithleiber.com

Strike a pose with this stunning crystal minaudiere camera ($5,595), the perfect accessory for close-ups and selfies. Available at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island. :: neimanmarcus.com

Alexander McQueen’s love for Gothic skulls melds well with this brass knuckle-inspired, satin box clutch ($2,595). For added operatic style, the bag is finished with delicate beads and draped in paisley chains.  :: neimanmarcus.com

Alexander McQueen’s embroidered silk flower embellished knuckle box clutch ($3,895)bursts into spring with an opulently sculpted clasp. Sarah Burton, who now helms the fashion house, adds her feminine touches with delicate details while still evoking McQueen’s outrageous bespoke style.  :: alexandermcqueen.com

Modern Creation Münich, better known stateside as MCM, is most recognized for its signature Cognac Visetos logo-printed backpacks and carryalls, but the German leather atelier shows off its metal-meets-punk side with this Diamond Stark mini cube clutch ($950). Available at Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza.  :: nordstrom.com

Rock out with Judith Leiber Couture’s acoustic/electric guitar-inspired crystal embellished bag ($5,195). Fully beaded with Austrian crystals, this stunner makes sweet music with any outfit. Available at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island  :: neimanmarcus.com


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