NMACC’s grand opening in Mumbai this weekend was nothing short of resplendent on all counts. The eye-catching bag turned heads was Radhika Merchant’s Hermes Kelly Morphos’ bag, soon-to-be Ambani daughter-in-law’s. What’s the reason?
It’s all about the price tag. There is no doubt that Hermes bags are expensive. The price tag on this Hermes Kelly Morphos’ bag is INR 52,30,000 (approx. RM 281,355), a price tag that is absolutely fitting for such a regal occasion. Following the trend of miniature bags, Merchant’s Indo-western style lace saree from Shahab-Durzi was complemented by this bag. How could such a small bag be so expensive? The answer to ‘Why is it so expensive’ can be found in this edition
The Kelly Morphose bag’s price is justified by how Hermes justifies it?
Do you have any idea that the Hermes Kelly Morphoses is actually jewelry? Its enormous value can be explained by that. You can deconstruct and transform the iconic bag to use it as an ornament for your neck, wrist and fingers. The bag is slung around the body instead of being slung across it. Choosing the Hermès Kelly Sac Bijou Chain in Sterling Silver was Radhika Merchant’s choice.
The Hermès jewelry’s Creative Director, Pierre Hardy, explained earlier, “ Kelly’s functional aspects include the side straps and a turn lock, a plate and four studs. I do the same with Kelly jewelry, by reinterpreting or disrupting its original lines.”
In creating this stunning piece of art, Kelly’s timeless design is combined with Hardy’s vision. To experiment with proportions, this bag features a Lewis Carroll-esque miniaturized Précieux necklace and double AlphaKelly rings with padlocks and chains. You can wear the chain as a fine piece of jewelry or as a shoulder strap.
Historical overview of Hermes Kelly bags
A luxury fashion lover knows that some statement pieces are so distinguished and prestigious that they are referred to by their first names. One of them is Hermes Kelly. Uninitiated may not be aware that Hermes names its designer bags ‘Kelly’ after iconic actress Grace Kelly. In the course of her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, she became Princess Kelly. In the 1950s, she used her Hermes bag to hide her pregnancy bump. Henceforth, the brand has become a household name and the most popular brand in the world.