[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

We’ve been waiting a long time to do this one, and finally, The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian has arrived. The controversial reality star’s bag collection is easily the biggest one we’ve ever dug through, and you might be a little bit surprised by what we found: a lot of fairly conservative choices among the seventy-plus bags we found, many of them used repeatedly over the span of years. (more…)

Celebs kept it surprisingly covered up and professional this summer (marvel at how many of these celebs are wearing blazers or leather jackets), so much so that I sort of longed for the rampant daisy dukes that came to define summer 2013. Alas, flagrant skin exposure was mainly limited to the midriff this year. Stars mostly played it safe, and let their big, beautiful handbags do the talking. With the sole exception, of course, of Taylor Swift, who moved to Tribeca and completely reinvented herself, style-wise and (apparently!) music-wise as well.

Two other summer 2013 trends that were noticeably absent from summer 2014: neons and minis. They’ve been wholly replaced this season by moderately sized bags in pale, muted tones or rich darks. Between all the blazers and the unseasonal hues, you’d hardly know it was summer at all, if not for the fact that almost every one of these celebs is wearing a fabulous pair of designer sunglasses. But while the outfits sometimes left something to be desired, the bags certainly did not. Take a gander at our picks for the best celeb bag choices of the season, and tell us what you carried this summer!

Around the PurseBlog offices, we spend an inordinate amount of time poring over photos of celebs and their favorite handbags, and over time, one thing has become apparent: famous people really, really love Chanel bags. Non-famous people do too, of course, but those photos are harder to come by.

Singers, actresses, models, It Girls, reality TV stars, novelists – there’s a little bit of everything in this compendium of celebrities and their beloved Chanel bags, and that’s probably what’s most notable about the finished product. It takes quite the iconic bag to look at home on the shoulders of such a diverse cast of characters, and Chanel’s signature pieces look lovely on all (well, almost all) of the women below.

Here’s Nicky Hilton, headed to lunch at The Smile in downtown Manhattan, carrying a Louis Vuitton Trompe L’oeil Trocadero Bag, which, according to our research, seems to date all the way back to Fall 2006. I’d like to think she pulled this one out of the archives just for us. In any case, this Trocadero looks great with her simple little black dress and eye-popping animal print sandals.

Nicky has two truly splendid editions of “The Many Bags” (which you can view here and here), but I don’t think we saw this particular Louis Vuitton bag in either one of them. Which begs the question: is Nicky holding out on us?! Oh, what we wouldn’t do in exchange for a full guided tour of her handbag stash. (Are you listening, Nicky? Let’s make this happen.)

Here’s Rihanna, leaving lunch at Da Silvano in NYC (a restaurant she seems particularly fond of), carrying both a pastel blue Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag and a pink Christian Dior Addict Tote. Apparently she carried both, exactly like that, throughout the entire day. Oh, Ri-Ri! The sum total contents of both bags was probably an iPhone and some gum, which just makes us like her more, somehow.

If you want to peruse the rest of Rihanna’s incredibly expansive designer handbag collection, you should absolutely check out “The Many Bags of Rihanna” and “The Many Bags of Rihanna, Part 2″. And if that doesn’t quench your thirst for all things Rihanna, you can also swing by our sister site TalkShoes and check out “The Many Shoes of Rihanna”.

Chloe Moretz isn’t our youngest Many Bags subject, but she’s close. The 17-year-old actress is beat out only by 16-year-old Elle Fanning, and their two handbag collections definitely have some overlap. Namely, both ingenues are beloved by a select group of high-end European brands, which affords them lots of Paris Fashion Week appearances and rare handbags in their closets. Below, check out what Chloe’s been carrying since she arrived on the Hollywood scene. (more…)

Here’s actress Chloe Grace Moretz, leaving her hotel in NYC at 5 a.m., carrying a Chanel Graffiti Backpack. We suspect Chloe’s heading toward the airport–she’s been in town for a few days doing press for her new flick If I Stay. The Chanel Graffiti Backpack looks far more appropriate on Chloe than most celebs, because…well, because she’s actually a teenager. A teenager with extremely high-end taste (here she is carrying a Chanel Mini Classic Flap to her Sweet 16 b-day party), but a teenager, nonetheless.

The Chanel Graffiti Backpack is definitely a celeb fave for air travel. We saw several stars toting it in LAX when we investigated the airport’s finest handbags. This backpack has been around for several months now, so do you feel you’re warming up to it, or will the graffiti backpack trend always be a bit of a stretch for actual adults?

Here’s actress Rachel Bilson, running errands in Los Angeles, carrying a natural leather Alexander Wang Rockie Bag, which is the little sister of the original Rocco. You can find a Rockie in beige lambskin for $825 at Barneys. (And just in case you’re worried, the Rocco has by no means been retired. There are still plenty of Roccos up for grabs at Barneys and elsewhere.)

If you’re wondering if Rachel is dressing for two, the answer is YES. Rachel is expecting a wee babe with her fiancé, actor Hayden Christensen. This will be the first celebrity tot for both. Rachel is also busy filming season four of her hit CW show Hart of Dixie. If you’d like to tour the rest of Rachel’s designer handbag collection (Amanda describes it as “absolutely sick”), you can do so in “The Many Bags of Rachel Bilson.”

Here’s Heidi Klum, arriving at the airport in LA looking perfectly styled and coifed while carrying a tan leather Hermès Birkin. Heidi occasionally looks like a bit of a designer boho mess, despite the fact that she is a supermodel, so this is notable. You can see Heidi’s many air travel ensembles (and all of her best handbags, natch) in “The Many Bags of Heidi Klum.”

If you want more tips for jet-setting in style, you should look to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; no one on the planet does air travel more stylishly than she. You would also be well served to study up on “50 Celebrities and the Bags They Carried to Fly out of LAX This Summer.”

Cate Blanchett was recently spotted heading to the theater in Manhattan for her matinee performance of The Maids. She’s carrying both a quilted, burgundy red Roger Vivier Prismick Shoulder Bag, which is a new-for-fall variation on one of the brand’s classic bags, and a taupe Givenchy Lucrezia Satchel. The aptly named Prismick is currently available in blue for $2,820 at MyTheresa.com. A new wine-colored version of the Lucrezia is also available for pre-order for $2,490 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Cate is extremely fond of Roger Vivier’s Prismick; we saw her with a two-tone black and white version of this bag in NYC last year. Frankly, I’m surprised we don’t see more celebs carrying this elegant design. In other news, I’m getting the distinct impression that jumpsuits are going to be really hot for fall amongst the NYC celeb set. (See also: Maggie Gyllenhaal.)

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