Judging from the response, the purse seems to have found a strong fan base among veterans and converts alike.
"I was always kind of intimidated by her," said Isabella Brewster (Jordana's sister) of the designer as she happily showed off her new accessory. "She's so elegant and classy and refined. But now she's gotten much cooler."
Muffie Potter Aston was particularly enamored of the Mercer's hefty size.
"It holds everything — it's like a laundry bag. Thank God for Carolina Herrera," she gushed. Seated right next to her, Fales-Hill was also putting the purse's capacity to the test: hers was stuffed to the brim with newspapers and her Tod's driving shoes, a necessary respite from her photographer-ready stilettos.
But fashion is a fickle business and even obliging social ladies have their limits. At the Oscar de la Renta show a few hours later, many of the same women arrived, sans Mercer. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.