10 Minutes with the Creative Director of Judith Leiber Couture

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May 292015
 
10 Minutes Interview With Jana Matheson of Judith Leiber

Photo: Courtesy of Judith Leiber

The name Judith Leiber Couture is practically synonymous with red carpet glamour and A-List celebrities, and the brand's over-the-top evening bags have inspired brides for decades. So who better to consult about bridal accessories than the woman at the helm of the over 50-year-old design house? We caught up with the brand's creative director, CFDA member Jana Matheson, to talk all-things bridal.

A wedding handbag can become a tradition, a family heirloom to be cherished.
"I know that this is such a special moment for our bride. This bag is marking an occasion, and often the piece becomes a family treasure passed down through generations. A wedding day is full of so many great memories, and it's so nice for us to be able to share in that. It's always an honor to be included on an important day, not to mention the fact that it's a celebration!"

Dreaming of a unique bridal accessory? Custom handbags are at the core of Judith Leiber's tradition.
"We have couture in our name," said the designer, referencing the brand's iconic name, Judith Leiber Couture. "And part of what that means for the business is designing custom bags for special clients. The tradition of Mrs. Leiber's work was designing for first ladies, and we continue to do so. When we work with brides on custom bags, which I love to do, we traditionally design around the monogram. We've designed for entire bridal parties, or for brides who have a vision of a custom colored minaudière, for example." The designer explained a tradition of gifting, noting that "lots of mothers of brides and grooms have bought monogrammed minaudières for their daughters or daughters-in-law, and we've also worked couple's wedding colors into custom bags. I've even seen brides design their cakes to look like our minaudières!"

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Bridal styling advice? Keep your look timeless, and work your bag into the design of your day.
"In terms of styling, I always advocate for modern, timeless sophistication. Don't do anything with your hair, makeup, or wardrobe that you would be dated by. Some of the greatest wedding blunders have been when people did things that were too trend-based, that /11/how-to-choose-a-timeless-wedding-dress.html">didn't hold up over time." We asked the creative director about her top tips for integrating a handbag into a wedding day look and she had great advice for bag lovers. "Consider carrying the bag in lieu of flowers after the ceremony. We have a bag that is designed to look like a bouquet of flowers, and the best part is it will never wilt! We've had brides work their bag into their centerpiece colors, knowing they'll put the bag down on the table, and it will work into the centerpiece beautifully."

Recent Judith Leiber red-carpet moments are full of bridal inspiration!
"Most recently, I loved Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture at the Met Gala. She paired her look with our red crystal heart minaudière. Her neutral ensemble could be great for a bride, the look was so chic and elegant, and the red heart was a beautiful way to add a pop of color. Blake Lively also recently carried a crystal Koi fish minaudière while promoting her film, The Age of Adaline. She wore the bag with a red lace ball gown by Monique Lhuillier, and the look was whimsical and modern, and really fun. Imagine being a bride getting married in Rhode Island on a boat — why not carry a fish!"

Chic Chain Strap Handbags for Your Wedding Day

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Feb 042015
 
Chain Strap Handbags Wedding Style

Photo: Courtesy of vendors; Illustration by Christina Park

A white bridal clutch can only go so far, so why not choose a special evening bag you can carry post wedding? Mini bags are the perfect size for formal events and the chain strap elevates the look. Plus, unlike a clutch, you'll be hands-free and care-free on your big day if you opt for one of these styles:

1. Calling all preppy brides — nothing says classic like this sweet eyelet lace cross body. Topped with gold hardware and a delicate bow, this mini bag is wedding-day perfect for your spring nuptials. "Ginny" Lace Mini Ferragamo Crossbody, $1,150, Bloomingdale's

2. Go glam with your "something blue" by carrying this crystal-adorned, Python leather shoulder bag. "Clicky" Python Gedebe Shoulder Bag, $825, Shopbop

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3. Nothing says ladylike like a quilted bag with metallic chain shoulder strap. The baby pink color is perfect for an icy winter wedding or a fresh spring celebration. "Quilted Mini Affair" Rebecca Minkoff Shoulder Bag, $195, Bloomingdale's

4. Perfect for a chic city wedding, this gold crystal box clutch is the quintessential glam-girl accessory. "Elsie" Crystal Box Michael Kors Clutch Bag, $268, Neiman Marcus

5. This satin pouch lined with marabou feathers is made for the bride who's not afraid to make a style statement. Plus, the frame closure gives it a vintage vibe that will keep your guests guessing if it's a family heirloom. "Elliana" Madison Ave. Wedding Belles, $398, Kate Spade

4 Wedding Clutches Perfect for Stashing Your Day-Of Essentials

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Jul 032013
 
Glamorous Wedding Clutches

Photos (from top): Courtesy of Be & D, Moyna, J. Crew, Kate Spade

Looking for a sparkly catch-all wedding clutch that will ensure your must-haves—from emergency tissues to safety pins to your cell phone—are right at your fingertips on your big day? These glamorous bags should do the trick.

1. Be & D's gold geometric clutch is just the thing for a chic wedding in the city. The structured shape will look fab with a tailored ivory gown and sleek gold accessories. A huge plus? Consider this bag an investment, as you won't have to put it down after your wedding day. It's sure to become your go-to clutch for nights out on the town!

Be & D gold geometric clutch, $398, available at Bloomingdale's

2. Partial to all things vintage? Try Moyna's seed-beaded clutch for your wedding day. It's understated, but not without detail, and would look gorgeous next to a soft lace A-line gown. For a complete look, accessorize with pearl and beaded drop earrings or family heirloom jewels. (Something old, anyone?)

Vintage seed-beaded clutch, $205, Moyna

3. J.Crew can do no wrong, and its wedding department is no exception. This daisy lace clutch will work for just about any bride, whether for a traditional wedding, an outdoor wedding, or a small city-hall affair. Going for an elegant black and white theme? Try carrying it in black and add a matching black sash to your gown for a few simple accents.

Daisy lace clutch, $278, J. Crew

4. Calling all Kate Spade groupies: It's going to be trés difficult for you to pass up this light-pink faux-ostrich clutch. After all, when are you going to have an occasion to wear a clutch with kissing canaries, if not on your wedding day? (A helpful hint: If this clutch will be a stand-by throughout the wedding festivities, make sure your other accessories are pared down. Gold stud earrings and a few chic gold bangles will do the trick.)

"Kissing Canaries Elliana" clutch, $398, Kate Spade

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May 012013
 
J.Crew lace white wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

J.Crew can do no wrong, and its wedding department is no exception. This daisy lace clutch will work for just about any bride, whether for a traditional wedding, an outdoor wedding, or a small city-hall affair. Going for an elegant black and white theme? Try carrying it in black and add a matching black sash to your gown for a few simple accents.

Daisy lace clutch, $278, J.Crew

—Elizabeth Swanson

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Apr 262013
 
Rafe NY beach wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom

This ocean-inspired mother-of-pearl clutch by Rafé New York is as seaside-chic as they come. Worn with an airy chiffon gown, it will be perfect for a beachside wedding. It's big enough to tote outdoor beauty essentials. (Think oil-blotting sheets, a mini bottle of hairspray, and a natural lip stain.) Functional and fashionable makes this one a keeper.

Rafé New York mother-of-pearl clutch, $395, available at Nordstrom

—Elizabeth Swanson

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A Clutch for the Vintage-Loving Bride

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Apr 242013
 
Moyna vintage wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Moyna

Partial to all things vintage? Try Moyna's seed-beaded clutch for your wedding day. It's understated, but not without detail, and would look gorgeous next to a soft lace A-line gown. For a complete look, accessorize with pearl and beaded drop earrings or family heirloom jewels. (Something old, anyone?)

Seed-beaded clutch, $205, Moyna

—Elizabeth Swanson

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A Clutch for the Vintage-Loving Bride

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Apr 242013
 
Moyna vintage wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Moyna

Partial to all things vintage? Try Moyna's seed-beaded clutch for your wedding day. It's understated, but not without detail, and would look gorgeous next to a soft lace A-line gown. For a complete look, accessorize with pearl and beaded drop earrings or family heirloom jewels. (Something old, anyone?)

Seed-beaded clutch, $205, Moyna

—Elizabeth Swanson

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Apr 222013
 
Kotur lace floral wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Kotur

Kotur's lace and suede clutch is perfect for a garden wedding. The soft sky-blue color will perfectly complement the natural scenery—and will suffice as your something blue! Indulge in the flower theme by pairing it with a floral-appliqué-embellished gown, but go easy on the jewelry to keep your look sophisticated.

Lace and suede clutch, $450, Kotur

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Apr 192013
 
Kayu woven straw wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Kayu

Looking for a handbag to carry for an outdoor wedding? Try Kayu's woven straw clutch. It's understated with a feminine, outdoorsy feel (note the shell bow clasp) and will look amazing with a breezy chiffon gown. Tote it in white for a classic look, or add a touch of color with the blush or yellow options. (Think yellow if you're leaning toward preppy décor and pink for a soft, romantic theme.)

Woven straw clutch, $180, Kayu

—Elizabeth Swanson

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Apr 172013
 
Kate-Spade pink feather wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Spade

Calling all Kate Spade groupies: It's going to be trés difficult for you to pass up this light-pink faux-ostrich clutch. After all, when are you going to have an occasion to wear a clutch with kissing canaries, if not on your wedding day? (A helpful hint: If this clutch will be a stand-by throughout the wedding festivities, make sure your other accessories are pared down. Gold stud earrings and a few chic gold bangles will do the trick.)

"Kissing Canaries Elliana" clutch, $398, Kate Spade

—Elizabeth Swanson

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