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Looks That Belong on the Silver Screen

December 05, 1996|CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS

"Evita"-inspired accessories aren't the only ticket to Hollywood glamour this season.

Designer Bonny Jularbal of West Los Angeles gleans the essence of films, rather than duplicates actual props, in her line of handbags. That way, she says, she can capture stylistic nuances without sacrificing current design trends.

The black-and-white A-frame bag inspired by "The Thin Man" (1934), for example, reflects the Art Deco period. Its martini glass insignia is a toast to the cocktail popularized by Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) in the film series.

"The Haunted Honeymoon" (1940) plays off the postnuptial adventures of a detective and a writer. Its identification-type tag, featuring a cartoonish drawing of a driver and passenger, hangs off a miniature Pullman style.

These are just two titles in a 22-bag collection commissioned by El Portal Luggage in celebration of its 60th birthday. Prices range from $135 for a small patent-leather shoulder style to $295 for a large duffel in the retail chain's Southern California stores.

"People who want to own a little Hollywood style are starting to collect them," Jularbal says.

And some of them are even men--guys who work in the industry and appreciate the bags' shelf appeal. And they're not just old-timers.

"Generation X types are really getting involved with these movies," Jularbal says.

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