While we will be seeing a lot more of the clutch bag this season, when you’re a “new” New York City girl on-the-go, and your lifestyle is packed with traveling abroad, fashion shoots, luncheons with W, store openings, cocktail parties, and all things chic and stylish, a clutch bag can be limiting. With no time to stop home to change, what’s a girl like Giovanna Battaglia to do? Enter the Givenchy Antigona, a Gio favorite!
The pricey Antigona bag, while upgraded often, typically has a two-tone finish that can be best described as futuristic. This beautiful box-like carryall is one of the most underrated and elegant of the Givenchy totes. Whether you choose the medium or large version, the Antigona is roomy enough to fit a planner with travel documents for frequent trips to Milan, Paris, Venice, and Florence, a pair of heels or maybe booties or flats (if she dares!), Givenchy lipstick, moisturizer, Solange Azagury-Partridge jewelry, a change of clothes, and even a clutch bag!
The name Antigona actually comes from an Italian opera in three acts by the composer Tommaso Traetta, and is quite tumultuous as operas often are. It involves combat with ballet dance, cremation, forgiveness, and finally, a marriage ceremony! Hopefully life in New York City has an easier route to the altar.
The Givenchy Antigona, made in Italy, just like Gio!
[Editor's note: Very special thanks to Lee Ferguson for the lovely illustration of Giovanna Battaglia with her Givenchy Antigona bag. To see more images of the bag, visit Giovanna's closet.]
Giovanna Battaglia illustration © 2011 Lee Ferguson. All Rights Reserved.