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Carry a clutch by New York-based designer Kristine Johannes and people are sure to ask you about it (and, most likely, they will attempt to use it as a mirror to check their lipstick, too). Since she unveiled her line of Plexiglas and mirrored bags (called Rauwolf) for Spring ’12, Johannes’ designs have landed in the hands of starlets like Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks and on the pages of Vogue Japan and Vogue Latino America, among others. For Spring ’13, she’s lightened things up a bit, offering some of her now signature styles in saturated colors and more muted metallics. She’s also added smaller styles for more petite women. “The aesthetics were inspired by part doyenne of high society mixed with a touch of alien and a dash of Ziggy Stardust—always with an eye to the future,” she tells Style.com. “For shape inspiration, I really focused on gemstones and outer space.” Here, a look at one of our favorite pieces from her latest collection.
“I wanted to challenge the standard formula for luxury,” says Kristine Johannes, the designer behind Rauwolf clutches. “So much of the industry seems to have settled into a comfort zone of simple designs in exotic skins. I wanted to create something different and unexpected, focusing on innovation and use of unusual materials.”
That’s exactly what she’s done, using Plexiglas and mirrors to make her highly architectural, geometric-shaped collection of bags, first launched for Spring ’12. “Plexiglas is not a material traditionally considered as luxurious, but it’s very versatile and can be cut and molded into architectural shapes and interesting forms,” Johannes, who has a background working with couturier John Anthony, as well as at J.Crew and Devi Kroell, tells Style.com. “It works well with the geometric angles and the futuristic look I am inspired by. I was also drawn to the way Plexiglas reflects light when combined with mirrors.” For Fall, she’s continued to work those materials into a collection of eye-catching, Deco-esque shapes that could easily lend themselves to a geometry lesson. Although Johannes is wisely taking the development process of her line slowly (they are currently only sold on her Web site), her bags ($1,300 to $2,200) are sure to land in the arms of editors and the red-carpet set soon enough. Rauwolf is one to watch.