Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kotur Clutches

A while ago, I was introduced to a line of beautiful clutches, purses and handbags by New York City born and raised designer Fiona Kotur.  Since 2004, her collection is sold under her maiden name Kotur has been sold by retailers all over the world.
She walked me through the beautiful collection and explained that her inspiration for her Spring 2012 collection was derived from architecture, particularly that of Zaha Hadid. Kotur first encountered Zaha Hadid with the the awe inspiring Chanel Mobil Art Exhibit.

One of the first things I noticed as I looked around the showroom were the remarkable illustrations of the purses that were created by her mother, the remarkably talented fashion illustrator and interior designer Sheila Camera Kotur. I'm always fascinated when talent and creativity run in the family.

You can definitely see the architectural influences in the some of the clean modern shapes - especially the Seno Minaudiere.  The designer uses unexpected materials like Perspex acrylic to inlay into some of the minaudiere (clutch case) creating a very beautiful and quite unique multi-faceted jeweled effect.  The pieces just seem to glow in a way that makes them look almost like little works of art.

"Overall the season's motif is about contrast: classic silhouettes in industrial materials, natural fibers creating abstract forms, organic shapes with synthetic materials. The palette is bright and optimistic, but always played against neutrals; Cerise against Sand, Saffron with Bark, Ocean paired with Naturals. As for materials, I played with Perspex like melted marbles, color-wash straws and buntal dip-dyed in acid colors. The frivolity of contrasting one style against the other."

These are pieces that look classic enough to be kept for generations and unique enough to be noticed, even on special occasions.  Since the designer is a believer in high-low, every collection has bags available in a wide range of price points from $300 to $3000. Kotur handbags are sold at fine retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales in NYC.  For a full list of retailers click here.

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