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While it’s always been popular, the clutch is going especially strong for fall.

Perhaps that’s because, whether for day or night, the oft-demure bag always exudes ease and chic — despite the firm grasp required to carry it. The latest incarnation comes in a slew of interest-grabbing styles. Charlotte Olympia’s pre-fall robot theme expanded into a space theme for fall: Her evening style features a rocket ship with a Fifties vibe. Narciso Rodriguez had something of a Space Age vision too, realized in a metallic, patent-leather envelope. Anya Hindmarch’s Eighties homage also touched upon space, or at least a video-game version thereof: She showed a starburst-patterned leather clutch dotted with a central Lego blocklike clasp that seemed reminiscent of Pac-Man.

Check out our other call-outs among the season’s best trends in footwear (tall bootschunky-heeled shoes), accessories (top-handle bags and small shoulder bags) and jewelry (necklaces).