Five-Minute Powwow: Designer Elaine Turner

When it comes to luxe extras, this designer has the magic touch. From her structured satchels to her calf hair loafers, Elaine Turner churns out the investment accessories every ensemble (from jeans and a tee to LBDs) can benefit from. Here, we caught up with the handbag guru to talk must-have add-ons and festive dressing.

Rue La La: Your line is incredible. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Elaine: I’m always inspired by exotic destinations and locales and my collection has a real global spirit. This season is a little closer to home and inspired by Ali MacGraw and Wellesley and Cambridge. The collection is about strong shapes, structure, and that feminine meets masculine feel.

Rue La La: If you had to describe the Elaine Turner style in three words, what would they be?
Elaine: Feminine. Glamorous. Classic.

Rue La La: Your label has grown so much since first launching in 2000. How do you see it evolving over the next few years?
Elaine: The collection is going to become more comprehensive as we grow and round out the lifestyle accessories brand to include jewelry, sunglasses, and fragrance.

Rue La La: Who is the quintessential Elaine Turner woman?
Elaine: She is a woman on the go and aware of who she is. She’s well-traveled, well-read, and an influencer. She’s not driven by labels, but by her own unique fashion sense and she’s cross-generational.

Rue La La: What’s one accessory no woman should go without?
Elaine: What every woman needs is a classic black envelope clutch.

Rue La La: The holidays are just around the corner – what’s the best way to accessorize an LBD to make it ready for festive parties?
Elaine: Pop that little black dress with a clutch in an unexpected color like cobalt or fuchsia.

Our Elaine Turner Shoes & Handbags Boutique opens Thursday, November 8, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 8, 2012