Style Snippet: Revival of the Kiss Lock – My Nine West Fun & Fancy Kiss Lock

It was Miu Miu that  made a BIG statement with these for fall.  Giant, otherwise (if they weren’t Miu Miu lol) dowdy kiss lock clutch “purses” were cradled coolly by models on the runway for the A/W 2011 season. The oversize factor of these bags weaves a certain playfulness into what might’ve been the expected somber and deep trends for the season.  Now with these your boyfriends may no longer offer to carry your bag for you LOL big, often strapless, and slightly unstructured, it might spell out “hassle” for him at first glance.  Big clutches were already floating about in the style scene, but Miu Miu seems to have brought back the kiss lock one at full throttle.  Photo credit to The Bag Lady.

Even Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast was drawn in by these Miu Miu marvels, she says so here.  Those close to me know I’ve got a bit of an old lady in me, but this “old” soul likes more flirty pretty things and almost none of these purse colors appealed to me, save for the brown which is a workable classic.  I really liked the idea of the kiss lock purse but I did’t see how one would appear to suit my liking.  Bags this huge would only enhance my smallness and I happen to be the world’s best klutz so at first I thought “No, thank you”.  Then the Heavens opened and I found one without really searching for it, when I was looking for a gift for a friend I hovered over this beauty at Nine West, and it was on sale.  Behold my pretty Nine West “Fun and Fancy” Kiss Lock purse/handbag.

I liked how from afar the rosette like design resembled origami.  This is not too huge and not quite tiny either it’s about 1 foot/12 inches in width and about 7 inches deep.

  There’s a bit of kitsch to it right down to the tie dye/marble/ombre color thing happening right across the board, but it’s an acceptable amount for me, and I quite like it.  The elaborate crafted design is only on one side, and at first I thought let down, but then again not really.

When I used it I understood why it was more convenient for one side to be plain.  I may lay this down on a number of different surfaces and it was more comfortable to have by my side that way.  This has become one of my default “going out to nice dinner” or “after 6” bags.  It certainly is an eye catcher, I brought this out twice tucked under my arm and had other girls and ladies looking at it from a distance (hopefully not in ridicule LOL).  Read more to see more photos and find out what fit inside this purse for the photo!

Here it is, the purse’s statement hardware.  See two of me?

The bag opens up like this and because the pouch part is pretty spacious you can fit quite a good lot inside.

These are items I really bring with me inclusive of my Samsung Galaxy S phone, which still fits along with all these items.

Bag stash that fits: Victorinox Mini Swiss Knife and nailcutter, Canmake 5-Effects Foundation, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander lengthening mascara, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick Mat 5,  Za Everbrows automatic brow pencil, MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC35, Marc Jacobs Daisy “Eau So Fresh” travel size, Ecotools Retractable Travel brush, and my ever faithful Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blush compact.  Throw in my mobile phone and some cash and that actually still fits.  What’s really convenient though is if I don’t want to use this purse as a clutch to carry…

…it does conveniently come with a strap that isn’t unattractive.  Some straps that come with bags like these can be so ugly.  I purchased this bag on sale at Nine West at High Street in Fort.  I forgot how many percent the discount was but it used to cost about Php5k++ and I got it for Php3200.00.  I think it looks much more expensive than that :).

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  • Pretty, Juls! I love this bag! 🙂

  • This bag is both beautiful and functional. =)