By  on February 20, 2008

"A festival of archives" is the phrase artistic director Gianluca Lera uses to describe Bulgari's fall handbag collection. And, indeed, he drew inspiration from a variety of eras and métiers. Lera's evening clutches, for instance, including an embroidered one detailed with diaspore, malachite and pieces of plastic, reflected the iconic Bulgari jewelry of the Seventies with eclectic mixes of stones and shades. The color palette was inspired by the 20th-century painter Balthus, while Renaissance style played a role in the textures and details — stitching, laser cuts and pleating — used in such daytime numbers as a python tote with vertical panels and pleated satchels. Some of the bags featured the enameled clasps and trim that are a house signature. Lera admits to being impressed by the firm's history. This season, he interpreted it very well.

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