Lulu Guinness is synonymous with quirky British style. She founded her company in 1989 with no formal design training, and her fun and innovative handbags gained instant praise from the fashion set. Encapsulating her own personal style, Lulu’s novelty designs (an evening dress, circus tent and birdcage have all made up her collections) are vintage-inspired, ladylike, and have a sense of humour. Some have even gained iconic status; the Florist Basket is in the permanent fashion collection at the V&A Museum in London, while her lips clutch is one that is recognised and admired around the globe.
Loved by the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Katy Perry and Alexa Chung, Lulu Guinness has gained world-wide support and recognition for her designs, receiving an OBE in 2006 and The Independent Handbag Designer Awards ICONOCLAST Award for Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design in 2009.
These bags are real statement pieces, but that doesn’t mean they’re unwearable; we’re looking to some top fashion bloggers for inspiration on how to wear Lulu Guinness with style.
International jetsetter Kristina from Kayture wears the famous lips clutch in gold glitter, pairing it with a belted sky blue cape, knee high boots and classic navy fedora. By keeping her jewellery gold and to a minimum, she prevents this outfit from looking over the top.
Anneli from style blog What I Bought Today shows us the simple and chic side to this quirky brand. Pairing her Lulu Guinness cross body bag with a head-to-toe black outfit, this is a casual and stylish look perfect for daytime.
Blogger Kavita from She Wears Fashion also wears the Perspex lips clutch – this time in pale pink. She keeps her outfit fun and flirty, just like her bag, wearing bold round sunglasses and a short pink two-piece. We love how she plays with lengths and textures too, by adding her long pink mohair coat to the look.
Known for her vintage-inspired style, Olivia from What Olivia Did suits Lulu Guinness perfectly. In this look she wears the Perspex lipstick clutch, tying in the red and black colours of the bag with her bold red coat, black jeans and novelty cat pumps, and breaking it all up with a feminine white blouse.
Rosie Fortescue from At Fashion Forte is another fan of the Perspex lips clutch, and is growing quite the collection. In these two outfits she sports two completely different looks; a metallic lips clutch worn with a feminine midi skirt and crop top, and a red clutch worn with a biker-chic outfit of leather jacket, black skinnies and killer heels.