Princess Diana had a special love for this accessory. And not at all because he successfully complemented her evening dresses.
The Princess of Wales’s clutch bag played a much more important role than one might think. It would seem that such an impractical thing — you have to hold it in your hand, but it only holds a tube of lipstick. But for Lady Dee, there was no accessory more useful than a small handbag, which she called a “cleavage bag” (literally, “chest recess bag”).
Do you know how to get out of the car with the dignity of a princess? Not in jeans, not in a long coat buttoned up to the chin, but in a knee-length dress or with a neckline? Diana did it masterfully. Looking at her photos, you can see that Lady Di in almost all the pictures casually presses her small purse to her chest, then to her knees. Were you afraid to drop it? Not at all.
“The most photographed woman in the world” invented this trick together with her favorite designer of handbags, Anya Hindmark, in order not to give reporters a chance to see more in the cleavage than Diana herself wanted to show. The clutch literally stood guard over her honor and dignity, becoming a reliable barrier between her and the all-seeing eye of the paparazzi.
It is noteworthy that Diana’s daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, has clutches – one of her favorite accessories. In particular, the Duchess of Cambridge does not give the last place in her wardrobe to handbags of the same Anya Hindmarch. But in Kate’s case, clutches are a trick to avoid awkward handshakes. On the other hand, it’s hard to remember the last time Prince William’s wife wore a dress with a deep neckline…