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Nila Larkin is an accomplished international model signed with Ford Models inc. She has worked and lived all over the continental U.S. as well as The British Virgin Islands, Europe and South Africa. Her work ranges from being featured in numerous AD campaigns such as Benefit Cosmetics, Gilette Venus Razor to Under Armor athletic apparel. Nila has the honor of working with many influential and talented Fashion industry and artistic professionals and has gained invaluable knowledge about their crafts, which she applies to her literary work. She is currently studying at Kaplan University with a focus in clinical psychology and plans to ascertain a PhD in clinical psychology and execute her degree by working for Unicef. She has volunteered for numerous foundations and has also hosted charity events to benefit organizations aiding underprivileged youth. As an aspiring journalist Nila’s works have featured fashion trends, exclusive socialite events, art exhibits, Special interest pieces and traveling abroad.

Fall 2011 Clutches And Handbag Show Stoppers

House of Harlow 1960 clutches (Photo Credit: www.shefinds.com)

This autumn, designers are offering delightfully diverse purse trends featuring unique shapes, styles and two tone colors. Nicole Richie recently unveiled her House of Harlow 1960 handbag collection featuring leather studded crossbody bags, a croc print clutch and pony hair hobo purses. The 14-piece collection stays true to Richie’s unique boho-chic style by incorporating tassels, vivid colors and vivacious prints.  The HOH collection retails between $150 and $625 and can be purchased at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and online at shopbop.com.

JC Lopes-2 (Photo Credit: www.ellegirl.com)

The creative minds at Jeffrey Campbell have developed a mesmerizing handbag line dubbed Girls We Hated in High School.  The line is a compilation of funky street style and psychedelic prints. The JC Lopes-2 is a compact dual pocket crossbody bag accented with long suede tassels. Lopes-2 is available in a variety of colors and adds the perfect amount of zing to any daytime look.

Balagia bag (Photo Credit: www.karmaloop.com)

For those of you who are a little color shy, JC offers the Balagia bag in black leather or stone washed dark denim. Both styles are trimmed with long black fringe and include a long suede crossbody strap. The Balagia is also available in colorful 70’s print or rust color suede and canvas.  GWHIHS prices between $100 and $500 and can be purchased at www.karmaloop.com. In addition, the GWHIHS line will be available at major department stores this fall.

Plexiglas box clutch (Photo Credit: www.luxist.com)

Alexander McQueen’s 2011 clutch collection is the ultimate creative must have.  The ingenious team at the McQueen Empire has truly out done itself by creating statement pieces that are sure to garner attention. The Plexiglas box clutch is an amazing piece constructed of Plexiglas topped with a Swarovski-embellished gold metal clasp depicting a skull sitting inside a fully opened iris bloom. This clutch is a perfect piece to feature at any upscale occasion.  The collection also adapted a brass knuckle handle design accented with its signature skull figures.

Knuckle Duster clutch (Photo Credit: www.style.com)

The Knuckle Duster clutch sequence is available in a variety of shapes, colors and material.  All of the clutches are decorated with unique embellishments and the signature four-ring handle design serves as an easy carry.  This magnificent series is available for purchase at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and online at www.alexandermcqueen.com.

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