Librarian chic hits the red carpet: Stars loves the clutch that looks like a book
There’s an unusual accessory turning heads on the red carpet. It’s a book. But not just any book — a book-clutch — the newest way to show beauty and brains can go hand-in-hand.
At the Baftas last Sunday Michelle Williams was the latest in a line of celebrities pictured with a clutch disguised to look like your favourite book.
Fittingly for a woman in the running for Best Actress for her role in My Week With Marilyn, Michelle chose The Misfits, a screenplay by Marilyn Monroe’s former husband Arthur Miller — and a film starring Marilyn herself.
Reading up on style: Michelle Williams at Sunday's Baftas, left, and Natalie Portman last year with a book clutch
Made from hand-embroidered canvas with a brass binding and Liberty-print lining, the clutches are high-end and hard to get hold of.
The designer, Olympia Le Tan, makes only 16 copies of each book and on her website, 21 out of 24 designs have sold out.
Apt choice: Michelle chose a book by Arthur Miller, a nod to her nominated role as Marilyn Monroe
Self-taught, Olympia started her career with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel before switching to Balmain. In 2009, she launched her eponymous accessories label. The handbags are stocked at Browns and Couture Lab and go up to 1,110.
Luckily for Olympia, the cost hasn’t put everyone off. Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman and Clemence Poesy have been pictured clasping a classic.
Tilda chose children’s book Ant And Bee by Angela Banner, Natalie opted for Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Clemence held Le Belle Et La Bete (Beauty And the Beast).
So if what you’re holding is any reflection of yourself, hand us a copy of Wonder Woman and we’ll join the book club!