Let’s face it: there’s more to fashion than just clothing. That’s why we use the word “ensembles”: it refers to the harmony between clothes, shoes, and accessories to elevate an outfit. Any good stylist understands that—which is why they armed celebs at the recently-held ABS-CBN Ball with beautiful arm candy, aka handbags and clutches! Here are eight of the bags we saw and fell in love with that night:
Liza Soberano’s clutch paired well with her dress while still shining on its own. A masterpiece by Cebu designer Neil Felipp San Pedro, the Sakura clutch features hand-painted flowers on grey parchment, detailed with gold-plated bees.
This intricate gold and white clutch, seen on Moira dela Torre last Saturday, is from jewelry designer Jacatel. While Moira’s bag is not available on the jeweller’s website, other bags are available starting at P1,800.
Heart of the sea
What better way to accessorize a white dress than with gold accessories? Ylona Garcia’s understated clutch is a masterclass in restrained design. This luxe mother-of-pearl clutch detailed with a draping goldfish is from designer MANA.
Starry starry night
You can never go wrong with black. Lady Bag provided this starry, sparkly piece for KZ Tandingan’s use at the ABS-CBN Ball. The store specializes in what they call “evening essentials,” aka clutches for every occasion.
There’s nothing better than a bag with personality. Yeng Constantino’s furry-themed shoulder bag (used as a handbag) is from multi-awarded accessories designer Ann Ong, who recently exhibited her work in New York.
Just a hint of edgy
To go with her daring, leg-baring ensemble, Nadine Lustre chose a black clutch with a serpentine dragon on top. If it reminds you of Ylona’s goldfish clutch, good catch—they’re both from the same designer, MANA.
Luxury accessories maker Mele + Marie was in the spotlight last Saturday as Sharlene San Pedro effortlessly showed off their vintage-inspired handbag with a turquoise eye for its primary detail. The brand’s clutches range around $500 to $1000, depending on the design.
Something borrowed, something blue… all Bela needed was a groom at the ABS-CBN Ball as she strutted down in her Cinderella-inspired eleganza. Her “something borrowed,” the square-cut ring in the photo, perfectly matches the bejewelled clutch behind it.