What The Stars Carry On Oscar Night: The Mighty Minaudière

Christina Hendricks at the 2011 Golden Globes

Christina Hendricks carries a Judith Leiber minaudière at the 2011 Golden Globes

Not everyone will be clutching that cute Golden Boy tomorrow night. But Oscar night’s A-listers still need a stylish little number to hold their lipstick, phone, credit cards and speech — just in case. And let’s hope that the speech isn’t long enough to require one of Louis Vuitton’s ubiquitous Neverfull numbers!

We braved the rain and popped into Elyse Walker in the Palisades yesterday just as a very nondescript Renee Zellweger was walking out (with shopping bag in tow) and fell in love with every one of the mini and utterly edgy Alexander McQueen minaudières with a not-so-mini price tag!

The minaudière, an ornamental, typically more bejeweled, small clutch has been a huge trend at red-carpet affairs for some time, and this posh classic seems poised to stay around. Its name derives from the French word minaudier, which means affected or smirking — exactly what you will be feeling/doing when you sport one of these stylish numbers yourself.

So as stylists and stars are making all of their last-minute wardrobe changes and decisions before the big day tomorrow, we’d like to suggest some chic little clutches, ahem, minaudière that pack a big punch.

Smirk away!

MyBag Silver Evening Bag by Swarovski, $650

Swarovski MyBagOK, so this beauty leans a tad more toward clutch territory, but since Swarovski gifts it to all of the female nominees at the Oscars, we thought it very worthy of inclusion. Each actresses name is engraved on a rhodium plate inside the bag. We are not sure who is responsible for the unfortunate naming of this bag, however, which sounds more like a little girl’s starter purse than the stunner that it is. But we can easily get over the name and would happily carry the glamorous clutch of silver calfskin and crystal-covered mesh all night long.

Alexander McQueen Swarovski Encrusted Minaudière, $2,210

Alexander McQueen Minaudiere

This baby is elegant but infinitely edgy, and in true L.A. style it is just as perfect paired with a pair of JBrand cargos as it is on the red carpet. Available at www.elysewalker.com

Tiffany Sofia Minaudiere

Tiffany & Co. Sofia Minaudière

We’ve been enchanted by the gems that design duo Richard Lambertson and John Truex have been creating for storied jeweler Tiffany & Co. since their collaboration debuted last year. This one, in gold or platinum metallic leather with a crystal chain, is the perfect complement to any gorgeous gown.

Louis Vuitton Minaudière Bijou

Louis-Vuitton-Minaudiere-Bijou-

For the ladies that love them some LV, may we suggest this octagonal Oscar-worthy clutch in a tortoiseshell color with bold LV initials and chain.

Judith Leiber Hard Candy bag

Judith Leiber Hard Candy Minaudière, $1,995

We think of Leiber as the mother of modern-day minaudière, and her bags always make numerous appearances at the Oscars. She is particularly known for her whimsical creations in shapes that range from hearts to dogs, fish and more. But not to worry if fido and fins are not your bag: There are simpler varieties as well. We fell in love with this blush pink one for spring, available for pre-order. Brace yourself: You may blush at the price tag. Just tell yourself it’s an investment piece!

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Author:Michelle Dalton Tyree

Fashion Trends Daily is the brainchild of Michelle Dalton Tyree. She is the former West Coast Retail Editor for Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Editor for The Japan Times, and founder of former L.A. luxury boutique Iconology. Michelle is frequently quoted about fashion retail trends in major media outlets such as NPR, KPCC, The Inside Source and the New York Times. She has developed content for many luxury brands and retailers and has written for Allure, Worth Global Style Network, Footwear News and other media outlets.