The minaudière, a small case for a woman’s personal objects often carried as a handbag, has crossed from being an essential part of an evening wardrobe to becoming the most stylish accessory for dressed-up daywear and cocktail clothes.
Invented by Charles Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1930’s after observing Florence Gould, an American patron of the arts, toss several small loose makeup items into a tin box, the minaudière has re-emerged as the perfect addition to this season’s solid hues.
Jersey shift dress with shoulder drape from Arcy Gayatin. Lariat of wooden beads with recycled accent. Snakeskin minaudière with checkered shell inlay
Jersey dress and gauze robe with coral cutwork from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Minaudière with lacquered dried leaves.
Stretch twill suit with fish appliqué from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Bone necklaces with recycled abaca cubes. Snakeskin minaudière with black-lip shell chips.
Jersey blouson dress from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Bone-bead lariat belt. Mother of Pearl and woven brass minaudière.
Matte jersey T-dress and crepe de chine scarf from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Bangles-and-balls wood bracelets. Minaudière with lacquered onion peel.
Purple apron top of woven wood beads and Philippine Dupione silk wrap pants from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Wooden lariat necklace and bangles. Minaudière with lacquered seeds and wood closure. Footwear by Monica Fig
photography Joseph Ong model Apriel Smith (OZAR Models) make up artist Gari Son assistant make up artist Julia Gorgonia fashion stylist Roxanne Imboy fashion assistant Kiko Kintanar accessories by Christine Kintanar (EarthWorks) minaudières by M for Marjorie, Paris locale Plantation Bay Resort and Spa