Best of Washington: Almost Too-Hot-to-Handle Handbags

The "it" accessories of the season.

Decisions, decisions: a car or a handbag? At $26,995, Yves St. Laurent’s Crocodile Uptown Bag checks in at the price of an Audi A3 with extras. It’s both timeless and the “it” accessory of the season; exotics—scaly soft lizard, python, and crocodile—are hot this winter. The gray frame-top bag with gold-tone hardware is available online at Neiman Marcus ( in early December, but if you want it, you’ll have to turn on that animal instinct. There’s only one.

Forget about the Audi: You could buy a condo for the price of Chanel’s Diamond Forever white alligator bag, which will hit the market in early 2008. At $260,150, the bag is bling-heavy with 18-karat white-gold hardware and a clasp encrusted with 344 diamonds. You have a better shot at this bag; the mother store in Paris is sending two to America. If your wallet is up to the challenge, check with the Chanel boutique in McLean (2001 International Dr.; 703-847-0555) for details.


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