Here’s actress Kirsten Dunst, leaving her hotel in NYC with a snazzy Salvatore Ferragamo Alligator Sofia Top Handle Bag in tow. This exotic bag has completely vanished from stores, but when it was available, it would have retailed for upwards of $20,000. Fortunately, you can still find a nice, basic leather version for a tiny fraction of that price ($1,348) at farfetch.com.

We’ve featured Kirsten a few times on PB in the past year, and her other bag choices have been far more modestly priced. We saw her carrying one of our absolute office faves, the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag, last fall, and we spotted her with a Coach Mini Borough Bag back in March. Both of those bags retail for under $500, so a $20K Salvatore Ferragamo seems like QUITE the upgrade.

Here’s Iggy Azalea, signing autographs outside of BBC Radio 1 Studios in London with a white Céline Phantom Luggage Tote on her arm. Iggy was there with gal pal Rita Ora to do a little promo for her new single, “Black Widow,” on which Ms. Ora guests. Iggy obviously has a decent celeb stylist on call at this point in her career, but I have to say, few clothing items fill me with instant rage like that bizarre-o top she’s wearing here.

Iggy has added some very nice bags to her collection in recent months; for example, we saw her carrying a lovely Dior Addict Tote back in July. The Phantom Luggage Tote is a solid choice, even though Phantom Luggage Tote fever has cooled considerably in the last year, but I can’t help thinking that Céline can’t be the most Iggy-appropriate brands. I would expect her to spend her “Fancy” royalties on edgier bags from the likes of Alexander McQueen or Fendi, perhaps.

Here’s Kim Kardashian, leaving the dermatologist’s office after what was obviously just a quick consultation that did NOT involve Botox injections in low key, all-black gym clothes. Kim is carrying her trusty Hermès So Black Birkin. We’ve seen Kim carry this gorgeous bag numerous times, and I would guess that it’s probably her all-time fave. (It’s the exorbitantly priced black handbag that goes with everything! But Amanda contends that Hermès bags are totally worth the money.)

Kim, of course, has her own extra-ridiculous edition of our popular “Many Bags” series, and you can see the bulk of her collection in “The Many, Many Bags of Kim Kardashian.” (The extra “many” was completely warranted.) It’s also worth perusing the comments section, which, as you might expect, has morphed into an epic, ongoing debate about Kim’s fashion choices/general likability. (As does every Kardashian post on the entire Internet.)

Here’s country music starlet Kacey Musgraves, signing autographs outside BBC Radio in London. Kacey is wearing a Chanel Boy Bag from the Dallas-inspired 2014 Metiers d’Art collection, which is pretty much a perfect choice for a young, successful country star; hand-tooled leather is particularly popular with the country-western set. It’s worth noting that she is also the first and only celeb under 60 I have seen rocking palazzo pants. (Kudos?)

If you want to see more of Chanel’s completely over the top Texan-inspired collection, you can check out many more of those designs here. Chanel and country music starlets don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but perhaps Taylor Swift’s newly upscale fashion reinvention is putting pressure on her country contemporaries to follow suit. (Even though T-Swift’s current affiliation with country music is tenuous at best.)

Here’s Kate Beckinsale, arriving at LAX to board a flight. She’s carrying an extremely chic grey Dolce & Gabbana Monica Satchel (though it’s entirely possible that this bag looks more chic on the arm of Kate Beckinsale than it ever will again). The Monica is named after Italian actress/model Monica Bellucci, and it’s brand new for Fall 2014. You can find a black calf version of the Monica for $1,995 at Net-A-Porter.

Celebrities are obviously under a lot of pressure to look perfect 24/7, which seems like an unattainable standard. But then there’s Kate Beckinsale, who clearly never risks exposing herself to paparazzi cameras if she looks anything less the flawless. (I imagine if she ever gets a blemish, she just sits at home alone for several days with the shades drawn.) This is where the bar is set, B through D-listers! Be advised.

New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but we’re not done with it just yet. Below, we’ve assembled dozens of photos of the week’s most notable bags on the most notable arms, all for your viewing pleasure. There’s inspiration to spare. (more…)

Bella Thorne was recently spotted checking in at the Empire Hotel in NYC (which is right across from Lincoln Center) and carrying a Chanel Graffiti Backpack. Although this backpack is supposedly a seasonal runway piece, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Chanel kept making and selling them in some form for a few more seasons. They are INCREDIBLY popular with the Miley Cyruses and Bella Thornes of the world (and their followers), thus providing the sort of youthful infusion that older brands like Chanel need in order to attract a new generation of customers.

Opinions re: the existence of this Chanel backpack tend to be fairly conflicted. It is, after all, a spray-painted canvas backpack that retails for over $3,000, with Karl Lagerfeld’s blessing. It is emblematic of the sort of conspicuous consumption that any classic designer handbag represents, minus any assurance of the superior materials and craftsmanship that you’d expect. (Though I’m sure someone spent at least five to ten minutes giving this bag its unique vibe. Twenty minutes, tops.)

Here’s Pamela Anderson, arriving back at her hotel in NYC after lunch at The Smile. She’s carrying an Alaïa Laser-Cut Tote, which is a more formal bag option than I would expect to see on someone with her uber-casual personal style history. Pam has experienced a bit of a resurgence in the fashion industry as of late (she’s recently appeared in editorials for a slew of indie fashion mags, including CR Fashion Book), so perhaps she’s embracing it once again. Pam’s bag is not currently available online, but you can shop a lovely selection of Alaia handbags and shoes at Net-A-Porter.

“But wait,” you might say. “Isn’t that Alaïa bag made of leather?” Yes, most definitely. “And isn’t Pam Anderson kind of a major PETA-phile who has appeared in several anti-fur/anti-skins/anti-leather campaigns?” Yes, yes she is. And yes, it seems like a bit of a conflict of interest. But honestly, we could do an entire post on celebs who are really opposed to animal cruelty except when it comes to their designer handbags.

Here’s heiress Nicky Hilton, out and about in NYC, carrying yet another classic Chanel bag. This one is the Chanel Kelly Bag, and yes, it has a similar top handle structure to the Hermès bag of the same name. Both bags are named in honor of the late, great Grace Kelly, of course. Nicky’s been in and out of Fashion Week events all week, and she’s been doing a little promotion for her freshly released new fashion guidebook 365 Style in between.

Nicky has earned herself not one, but two truly epic editions of “The Many Bags of…”, which you can view here and here. Frankly, she’s probably already earned herself a third and a fourth, but we DO occasionally need to take a break from looking at photos of Nicky Hilton and her amazing handbags in order to preserve PB office sanity.

Here’s Irina Shayk, who definitely wins the prize for NYC’s most casual supermodel (RESPECT), going for a little morning walk in NYC while wearing flip flops, a sweatshirt and cut-off shorts, as well as carrying a glossy Hermès Crocodile Birkin. There is a small chance it might be alligator, but croc is more common for Hermès bags. We’ve never seen Irina with this bag before, so we’re guessing this is a fairly recent acquisition.

This isn’t Irina’s only Birkin, of course. We saw her with a bright blue Birkin back in June. Irina doesn’t have her own edition of “The Many Bags of…” just yet, but I suspect she’s probably on Amanda’s shortlist. In the meantime, you can check out more of Irina’s best bags in “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”

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