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Stunning gown! But why are you carrying a book to tonight's event? It surely won't be that boring.

It's not for reading. It's a book clutch.

You mean a purse that looks like a book cover? You now need to flaunt your nerd cred?

Hey, it's the latest rage.

Where? On nerd planet?

Very funny. Everyone in Hollywood is carrying it these days, even to red carpet events. Natalie Portman showed up at the New York premiere of Black Swan with a long black Dior gown, and a purse made out of a copy of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. And, it is not geeky, it is uber cool to flaunt your inner bookworm and tell the world which classic you love to curl up with.

So what are they pretending to be reading?

My Week with Marilyn actress Michelle Williams (in pic) showed off a Catcher in the Rye clutch at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica and Arthur Miller's The Misfits at the BAFTA awards in London. She makes such a sexy bibliophile.

Considering how little they eat, they should carry a Hunger Games clutch. Not that they read books. I am sure they can't even tell you the day's headlines.

Speaking of headlines, did you know you can also show off the newspaper you read? Fine leather firm Devlaux recently launched a 'Newspaper Bag', which has a very visible slot where you can tuck in your daily so everyone knows your preference and even your political leanings.

I am sure the London Metro will be filled with bags displaying The Guardian and Economist even though they're secretly lapping up The Sun.

Yes. But we won't be seeing too many of the newspaper bags. They cost a cool $2, 800 (Rs 152, 250).

Wow! And, how much are people paying for these clutches?

Olympia Le Tan's designer book clutches set you back about $1, 500 (Rs 82, 000), but there are many cheaper versions available, too. Or just make your own but read it before you tear the pages out.

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