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Lauren Merkin Fall 2010 Handbags — For The Creative Thinker

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Rife with mystery and intrigue, Lauren Merkin‘s Fall 2010 collection features a lush color palette ranging from opaque forest greens to Merlot reds, dusty rose pinks, intense purples, brass-tinged olive greens, tarnished-looking taupes, lustrous indigos, and steely grays. Aside from the brooding color palette, the collection is imbued with an enticing moodiness and a brainy complexity thanks to Merkin’s clever use of textures: from a “shiny bricks” fabric that gives pieces a cobblestone feel to wrinkled lambskin, grained leather, bubble lambskin and soft calf hair. Rather than one-dimensional leathers and suedes, then, Merkin focused mainly on distressed, pebbled, wrinkled, studded, woven and stitched skins, satiating the fashion crowd’s tactile sensibilities.

Among my favorite pieces, you’ll find the calf hair Iris shoulder bag (like the one pictured at top in Berry with Gold), which measures 9 inches in width, 6 inches in height and 1.5 inched in depth and features a gold chain strap with a 19.5-inch drop. Though the Iris is one of Merkin’s most beloved handbag styles, there’s something about the calf hair material and the sumptuous color choices for fall (which also include Dusty with Gold and Grey with Gold) that play up the bag’s retro charm. The rounded edges of the boxy shape, the dainty shoulder strap, and the two rectangular golden shapes adorning the closure (both of which feature linear etchings along their perimeter) all help to create a sophisticated but decidedly retro, Mad Men-esque feel. It’s prim and proper but, like Joan Holloway, Iris knows how to let its hair down.

That being said, I must admit the Juliette (pictured second above) has me as smitten as a modern-day Romeo. Merkin has just launched this brand new style: a roomy satchel that resembles a curvaceous briefcase but has way more sass. Measuring 15.5 inches in width,10. 5 inches in height, and 5 inches in depth, the Juliette features two leather shoulder straps with a 7-inch drop and a longer 12-inch strap for when you feel like wearing the style as a cross-body or simply having it graze your hip as a briefcase or laptop bag would do. Though the style is available in grey or brown embossed suede, it’s most stunning in the black-and-white chevron material (as pictured here) since the diagonal strips of colors in contrasting hues add a playful but sophisticated ’60s Mod feel that would make Op Art lovers swoon.

Two of my other faves include the Tess in Emerald Textured Snake and the Sylvie in Burgundy Grained leather. Check them out after the jump!

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Lauren Merkin Iris, $395; Lauren Merkin Juliette, $450; Lauren Merkin Tess, $325; and Lauren Merkin Sylvie, $495. Available at LaurenMerkin.com

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