Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’

I have seen a lot, but I have never seen anything like this whimsical fun handbag from Helene Angeli. I should not be surprised since Angeli is one of the designer I follow especially because of her exotic decorations ad fun motifs. Angeli grew functional couture into an art form in the '80's and she used diverse elements, classical fabrics and unusual fantasy shapes to create a collection that is shown in museums around the world. She is one of a kind and her unique creativity is matched by none other. I call this particular bag the "bells and whistles" bag because of the over the top amount of trinkets and charms used to enhance the piece. WOW in flashing neon doesn't do it justice. The shape of the bag is typical Kelly with a rounded front flap. There are straight lines and curves. It is mostly covered with a plush deep cherry red velvet that is not smooth but has markings throughout, sort of like cut velvet. The markings are jagged and resemble spikes of red ice. Very dramatic. The fabric has a purple shine when held in certain lights. It is unique and amazing. There is a thick rolled antiqued gold leather trim around the border of the flap. The sides are a bright red satiny silk while the bottom is a red ombre fabric. There is thin gold trim at the sides. Amazing array of fabrics! Now for the show stopper! The handle has a slightly curved horizontal bar made from the antiqued leather. This is where you hold the bag. The drop is 6". Connecting to this rod is a dense gatherings of small charms topped on both ends by a huge baroque flashy gold ball. In between these balls are many, many trinkets, ornaments, embellishments and baubles. Many are round and covered with primary colors, other are fluted, others are bead like. Some are filigree, others are solid brass while others are saucer shape. I cannot possibly go into detail trying to describe them all. They are arranged in a dense bundles and have fluidity. They move as you move. I do believe this bag to be one of a kind. The bag opens with a snap that is on the underside of the flap. The inside is lined with colorful satin, yellow, red, purple, green to be exact. There is an open slip pocket. The inner side of the flap is an olive colored textile that is ruched throughout and semi hardened. "Helene Angeli Made in France" is written in gold letters. The inside gives the appearance that this bag was never worn. The same can be said for the outside. Perhaps it was just displayed. The measurements are 8"w x 7"h x 2+"d. Sure to be seen, this bag is a testament to the designer's creativity, imagination and style. It is a rare find. It is priced so that you too can own a museum quality handbag! Condition: Excellent MINT VINTAGE Condition

ITEM ID
RL-2392
FASHION STYLE
Designer
FASHION ERA
1990's
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

Vintage Helene Angeli French Bag with ‘Bells and Whistles’

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