WHAT I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW…
Amalie & Analeena
A few years ago, while at Harrods in London, I noticed a beautiful handbag on the main floor. Its creator was Lina Hamed for Analeena, and I tucked the name away for future reference. Soon after, during the Prêt-à-Porter, I met Lina at the Hôtel George V to see her full collection–and I was bowled over! Since then, she’s been a regular stop for me during the Paris shows.
This season, I also met Lina’s sister, Amalie, who was helping to show the bag collection. I noticed a fabulous ring on Amalie’s finger–and since I’m such a jewelry fanatic, I had to ask what it was. Turns out, she’d designed it herself, and put it together using raw diamond slices (essentially, pieces that might be tossed out), which she’d shaved down even further. These stones have a subtle, glimmering appearance, not so shiny as to blind you, just understatedly chic. Now I’m obsessed: I have to have one! For the moment, Amalie makes each piece to order, but I can see great things ahead for her!
As for Lina’s bags, they’re more gorgeous than ever. She produces them in all shapes and sizes, from chic day bags to evening clutches and even travel bags. One of her new designs is meant to carry documents and a laptop–but it could also work as a handbag. Each piece is versatile and functional, and Lina even includes a small flashlight (or torch, as the Brits say) with each one, making things that much easier for women who carry their lives in their sacs. In the dark, it can take a lot of time to find one’s BlackBerry or lipstick!
Still, in my opinion, the real pièce de résistance in this collection was Lina’s day-to-evening bag with a beautiful gold chain. She showed it made up in luxurious exotic skins, in several vibrant colors. It was really hard to choose!
Photographs by Stéphane Israël