What does the bracketed sentence mean in the following?
During Spring Fashion Week 2001, Bill Cunningham’s lens fell upon a former co-worker of mine outside one of the show as she flaunted her cute metal-studded handbag. It was perhaps the least flattering angle at which I’ve ever seen her, but [ego stroking nonetheless in a “you have good enough taste in bags to be in the New York Times” kind of way].
Re: ego strokes
ego-stroking = flattering/paying welcome attention ('stroking') to someone's ego. (ego - Wiktionary )