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Michelle Dockery teams with Aspinal of London on bag line

Michelle Dockery stunned in Oscar de la Renta at the Emmy Awards.

Michelle Dockery has created a line of ladylike handbags for Aspinal of London.

The British actress, best known for playing Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, has put her style credentials to the test with her new bag designs.

Available in two sizes and nine colours, the inspiration for the vintage-looking Dockery collection came from a bag her grandmother used to own.

As for a woman’s relationship with her carrier, Michelle admits she learnt a lot from her days playing Mary on Downton.

“She’s the most stylish character I’ve ever played. I learned that less is always more and changing up colours and styles is fun,” Michelle smiled to

“(In the first season, set in 1912) Mary carried reticules… that hang over the wrist. Then eventually, she moved into the ’20s with simple clutch bags you could easily wear today. I wanted to take them home with me!”

The colours of the bags range from dusty pink all the way up to a jet black option. Aspinal of London will be showing its latest offerings at London Fashion Week on Monday (19Sep16).

And Michelle didn’t disappoint in the style stakes at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards (18Sep16), opting for a ruffled Oscar de la Renta white gown with black detailing, teamed with Stuart Weitzman shoes and an Aspinal clutch. Dressed by her longtime stylist Micaela Erlanger, Michelle’s elegant looked was topped off with Harry Winston jewellery.

“Michelle over the years has worn everything from custom Prada to Rosie Assoulin’s debut red-carpet moment. We certainly play, and I love that,” Micaela told Vanity Fair.

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