It generally takes years for a handbag design to be widely acknowledged as a classic. (Some that qualify: Marc Jacobs’ StamYSL’s Muse, and Proenza Schouler’s PS 1.) But as far as I’m concerned, Alexander McQueen’s Heroine—which celebrates its first birthday just this month—is already there.

The teardrop shape (visible in profile), clever handle-accommodating flap, and luxurious calfskin help make this bag feel both instantly familiar and yet very of the moment. A fabulous retiree in Boca could carry it off perfectly. So could the naughtiest 20-something Hollywood actress. (And many have.)

The best color? Black, of course.

$2,395 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., or