Memories of Elizabeth Taylor

•March 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I was saddened to learn yesterday that Elizabeth Taylor has passed away. I first met her in Johannesburg prior to and at a Gala at the Carlton Hotel, just after she had married Richard Burton in Botswana. Many years later, when I visited with her at her home in Beverly Hills, she said that those were the happiest days of her life. I reconnected with her later, when my friend Barbara Grant, the last wife of Cary Grant, organised for me to meet with Ms Taylor at her home in Beverly Hills and design for her.

I remember designing a handbag for her in the dazzling blue-purple violet shade of her eyes. Seeing her in person, her eyes were the same dazzling violet colour. She was very funny, with self deprecating humour and very quick wit and had a phenomenal memory, and was very kind.

The Cleopatra Clutch, the iconic handbag of Oscar winners, was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor, and worn by such stars as Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren. I later told Ms Taylor that her role as Cleopatra had inspired this handbag – the ultimate in glamour, which she epitomized. She was pleased by that, and I think of her every time the Cleopatra Clutch is worn at the Oscars. There will never be another like her, and I miss her very much.

ELLE France: Lady Di, les femmes de sa vie

•January 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

From ELLE France‘s “Lady Di, les femmes de sa vie”:

The Queen of Hearts had close friendships with women as well. Ten years after her death, the final secrets of the Princess have been revealed.

Diana was supposed to spend the end of that August in Milan, with her friend, the American designer Lana Marks. Everything was booked: they would go see an opera at La Scala and spend their last evening on Lake Cuomo. The women were very close: the princess called Lana three times a day. But on July 24, Lana’s father dies suddenly. The young woman has to cancel her trip.

Without this twist of fate, Diana would have been back in London on August 30. She wouldn’t have found herself, on the night of August 31, under the Alma bridge, seated in the back of a Mercedes next to Dodi al-Fayed. This was ten years ago.

Source: ELLE France

Lucy Liu wearing the LANA MARKS Pave Clutch.

•January 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

From Houston Magazine, “Lucy on the Fly with Diamonds”:

And your clutch, a silver exotic skin bag with sparkling, diamond-encrusted closure?

Lana Marks. This is a highly guarded bag. I think these are real diamonds.

Source: Houston Magazine

LANA MARKS featured in the Sunday Express.

•December 22, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From the Sunday Express’ “Priceless? Gifts for those who already have it all”:

Hollywood divas will be delighted on Christmas morning if their significant others visited Lana Marks on Rodeo Drive. Dame Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron are all faithful customers of this accessory designer. Each year, Marks produces a limited edition Cleopatra clutch. The 2009, £62,000 version is made of metallic silver alligator skin and has a clasp encrusted with 1,500 black and white diamonds.

Source: The Sunday Express.

LANA MARKS Opens at Harvey Nichols – London

•October 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

London, UK – Lana J. Marks, world-renowned American handbag and accessory designer to A-List Hollywood, society, and royalty, continued the international expansion of the LANA MARKS Brand with the opening of LANA MARKS at Harvey Nichols – Knightsbridge, the London flagship of the luxury department store chain. This is the first LANA MARKS presence in the British Market, and is part of a global rollout that includes the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Asia. Continue reading ‘LANA MARKS Opens at Harvey Nichols – London’

Paris Hilton wearing LANA MARKS in Harper’s Bazaar

•September 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Chloe Sevigny wearing LANA MARKS in People Magazine’s Emmys Best Dressed Stars!

•September 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment



The Big Love actress may be known for her quirky fashion choices, but she’s perfectly chic in her one-shoulder, dotted Isaac Mizrahi gown with a bold brooch on the hip and a Lana Marks clutch.

Read more about Chloe Sevigny wearing a LANA MARKS Cleopatra Clutch at the 2009 Emmy Awards in People Magazine.


Chloe Sevigny wears LANA MARKS Cleopatra Clutch to 2009 Emmy Awards

•September 21, 2009 • 1 Comment


…Fashion icon Chloe Sevigny went for a one-shouldered polka dot number and a Lana Marks clutch.

Read more about Chloe Sevigny wearing her LANA MARKS Cleopatra Clutch at OK! Magazine.

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Lucy Liu wearing the LANA MARKS Positano Tote.

•August 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From the Palm Beach Daily News:


“The bag […] is a favorite of actress and Marks customer Lucy Liu, who has been photographed often (most recently in L.A. a few weeks back) ‘wearing’ her Positano Tote.”

Read more about Lucy Liu wearing her LANA MARKS Positano Tote.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

LANA MARKS Bags on RDuJour

•August 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment


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Helen Mirren’s LANA MARKS Concord Clutch

•August 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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LANA MARKS Neptune’s Coral Collection

•July 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment


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•July 18, 2009 • Comments Off on Enter to Win a Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch at

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LANA MARKS Cleopatra Clutch: The Oscar “It” Bag

•July 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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The Oscars “It” Bag
There’s just one Oscar bag the stars are lusting after. So just why is the Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch in such demand?

By Alexandra Shakespeare

“. . . with an understated elegance befitting Hollywood’s own royalty, it encompasses the style needs of women of a certain status.”

Source: Harper’s Bazaar Dubai

Kate Winslet wears LANA MARKS Cleopatra Clutch to the Academy Awards

•June 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From People Magazine‘s “Total Knockouts”:

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Winslet carried a 40-carat diamond-and-alligator Lana Marks clutch.