Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In Carolyn's Closet : Comme des Garçons Leather Pouch

In the memoir 'Fairytale Interrupted', RoseMarie Terenzio writes that Carolyn "mercilessly edited" her wardrobe. So it's no surprise that Carolyn didn't have a plethora of handbags but rather a few tried and true pieces that she stuck to. One of her favourites was a Comme des Garçons black leather pouch.

Commes des Garcons black leather pouch
To my knowledge Carolyn wore this pouch to two public events, to the Newman's Own/George Awards Gala, and to the opening night performance of The Blue Room on Broadway.

Newman's Own/George Awards Gala, May 19 1999 (gallery)

The Newman's/George gala was one of John and Carolyn's last official public appearance. Carolyn paired her Yohji Yamamoto ruffled creation with the pouch to avoid distracting from the beautiful jacket design. You can read more on the look here

Opening night of 'The Blue Room' on Broadway, January 27 1999 (gallery)

The opening night of 'The Blue Room' was a more casual affair. New York winters are never very fun and it looks like Carolyn main objective was to keep warm. She wore a long wool coat, (I'm 99% certain it's Prada Fall '98), sweater, silk skirt, scarf and suede wedge boots (I'm obsessed with these!). All in black of course. Hmm, I need to take notes for when I feel like slipping on a puffy parka and Uggs in winter ...

Update Carolyn also wore this CDG pouch to the a Krizia exhibition in May 1999, pairing it with a Spring 1999 Yohji Yamamoto pin stripe jacket and black slip dress. Seems to have been her go-to bag that year.

"Krizia: An Exhibition" in NYC, May 15 1999 (gallery)

Lucky for us, the pouch is still available to buy, for the small sum of $135.

Commes des Garcons black leather pouch, Net-a-Porter
If you're wishing to emulate a bit of CBK's style I'd definitely recommend this clutch. I have an almost exact copy, without the CDG label, and I find its so versatile with every outfit and in both daytime and nighttime settings. There are also blue, cream and red versions ... but this is a CBK style blog of course - black all the way!

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