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These Eye-Catching Clutches Will Instantly Upgrade Any Outfit

View Rafe Totengco's latest lookbook shot in Paris!
These Eye-Catching Clutches Will Instantly Upgrade Any Outfit
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View Rafe Totengco's latest lookbook shot in Paris!

A minaudière is a clutch that begs attention for itself. It's a statement accessory usually paired with evening wear, made to pull the glamour up a notch—because adding more glam never hurt anyone. And if you're a certified fan of this arm candy, you'd want to keep reading.

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RAFE Azura Asymmetric Minaudière in Violet

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Vivienne Faceted Minaudière

New York-based Filipino designer Rafe Totengco just released a new collection of impeccable minaudières for the fall, and everything is stunning. "My fascination with faceted design, grid patterns, and geometry continue to evolve for my Fall/Winter 2017 collection," he says. His penchant for modern architecture and fantastical art gave birth to a lineup of portable optical illusions perfect for your essentials.

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Animalia Minaudière in Gold Tiger

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Pia Geometric Shell Minaudière

Each piece depicts a unique romantic flair, further accentuated by the color palette used. "[The palette] goes deeper and richer and plays off the iridescent of the fascinating shells that I work with," Rafe explains. Shades like midnight blue, charcoal grey, and bordeaux were combined with different metal finishes and shells, while others leaned to gold for a speck of opulence.

While one would normally wear his work with more intricate outfits, Rafe tells Preview that the Parisian women who buy his minaudière use them for everyday wear. And by everyday wear, he means they pair them with jeans. Yep, talk about an instant outfit upgrade!

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The campaign, which was shot in Paris, was a dream come true for the designer. He planned far in advance with photographer and friend Onin Lorente, so they can shoot while they were both in the city. "It was a tall order but I wanted Paris to be the supporting character in the story. The backdrops are all iconic Parisian landmarks yet they are a little blurred and out of focus," the designer writes in his blog. Rafe styled the campaign himself using pieces from Victoria Aquino-Benoit's upcoming collection.

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In one day, they jumped from one landmark to the next, shooting at the Tuileries Gardens, Pont Alexandre III bridge, Notre Dame on the Seine, the Louvre Pyramid, and in Montmarte.

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Vivienne Faceted Minaudière in Gold

"It was an exhilarating experience and certainly worth the wait. The photos turned out exactly as I hoped they would—evocative, dreamy, and moody. This phrase may be overused but it is so true, 'Paris is always a good idea.'" It is, indeed.

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See more of the collection and the campaign below:

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Sara Faceted Shell Minaudière in Black Multi

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Ramya Cubist Minaudière in Black and Gold

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Animalia Minaudière

Rafe is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La, and Cebu.

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