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Posted on July 2, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Jacques Delors, former European Commission President, once said that “without memory there can be no future”, a saying I totally agree with. This is true in history and economics, but it can also be applied to the apparently vane field that is fashion. It’s kind of funny reading to comments of people who think designers and celebrities can do something really fashion-forward. For any fashion-forward attempt there’s somebody who did it before. Fashion is just like history, a cycle of trends which keeps on coming back with minor changes.
Brett Heyman, the founder and designer of the brand Edie Parker, surely knows the importance of the past for the present. In love with the acrylic handbags of the 1950s, she decided to give them a modern twist: the result is impressive. Each Edie Parker bag is handcrafted and exhudes a special charm and an irresistible idea of Old Hollywood glamour.

Edie Parker line includes four collections, designed for fall 2012: Edie (with a beautiful oval shape), Flavia (long rectangular shape), Jean (shorter rectangular shape) and Lara (rectangle with rounded corners). My favourite is Jean, whose size (16.5 x 10.2 cms) is perfect: it’s an evening bag, after all, so it has to be compact enough to be easily carried in one hand.

The bags are made with traditional techniques and unique acrylic materials, embellished with glittering confetti, mother of pearl and tortoise shell. The range of colours and decorations is just impressive, and the same can be said for the details: each bag hides a mirror to be used for quick touch-ups or just for checking your make-up.

It’s true they’re evening bags, but Edie Parker clutches are really versatile: I would wear one of them with a tuxedo and glittering strappy sandals or with a strapless bustier dress and satin peep-toe pumps.