Chloé‘s latest, the Dalston (named after Creative Director Claire Waight Keller‘s hometown in England), is one of the most creative satchels I have ever seen. I had the chance to preview it at the Neiman Marcus conclave yesterday. (Conclave is like summer camp for Neiman Marcus retail managers and buyers across the country, when they get to see all the newest offerings from brands each season. I obviously don’t work there but attended as a guest — it is so much fun!) The bag is the perfect example of fashion and function working in gorgeous harmony.
Soft and slouchy featuring a subtle contrast of colors, this is an oversized piece I can get into. What looks like an attractively roomy day tote reveals itself to be wildly versatile, designed with a variety of ways to access the bag. You can use the big, exposed zipper on top or unzip the lower portion and open it as a flap style.
The choices don’t end there: fold it in half and carry it like a clutch or toss it on your shoulder for total ease. The single handle ensures you won’t find yourself repeatedly pulling up that second strap that somehow never wants to stay on your shoulder.
I found out Claire was Tom Ford‘s protégée back in his Gucci days – no wonder there are familiar references to Tom’s famed aesthetic, from the sexy curves to the chunky zipper. Chic is the most overused and abused word in the fashion language, but I cannot find a better way to sum up the Dalston! Pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $2,500.
Pair with: Pre-order Gucci’s spotty-dotty platform sandals to continue the play on neutrals, gain some height, and stay (relatively) comfortable. On Neiman Marcus for $850.