Bethenny Frankel seen out in Soho

I’ve always been a big fan of Bethenny Frankel, the sometimes-controversial former star of Real Housewives of New York who parlayed her reality TV fame into a booze-for-girls brand that she sold for a reported $120 million last year. She’s funny, direct and willing to cop to most of her flaws – that’s about all I ask from someone on a reality show, personally. When I got a look at her insane bag collection, it only made me like her more.

If you’ve ever asked yourself how you’d splurge if you suddenly became rich and wildly successful, you’re going to want to take a look at Bethenny’s bags, because she got to answer that question in real life. In early paparazzi photos of her, she’s carrying average stuff, most of which I didn’t recognize. Once her brand started to take off, though, Bethenny bought an Hermes or Chanel classic in seemingly every color, for every occasion. If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll probably faint over Frankel’s bag collection.

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  • AshleyG

    WOW…um, wow… for some reason, this collection on anyone else would seem a bit contrived but this entire post is just so Bethany and I love it. She seems to have the best of the BEST! Love the speedy, the Hermes clutch, and the chocolate Birkin!

  • ingrid

    She’s brave not only for wearing a white Birkin, but for wearing it with JEANS :O must be nice having all that moolah.

  • mercaddict

    Don’t get me wrong, I actually think her bag collection is great. But I think she often looks kind of cheap… especially her tops and jeans. They never look that premium. I recall she already said she can’t buy clothes full price… well, it actually shows a bit. I know some people that buy phenomenal quality or at least, great looking textiles at a cheap price. She sure doesn’t know how to pull that off.

  • Traclyn

    Does anyone know what size Bethanny’s birkins are?

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.elrodgoralski Amber M. Elrod-Goralski

    Bethany said on Watch What Happens Live she never pays retail. I’m curious as to how she’s avoiding retail prices especially for the Birkins.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I’m willing to bet that her Hermes bags are an exception to the rule.

  • Amanda

    Can I have her wardrobe as well?

  • Steph

    Her bag collection is unreal

  • Pixel_Queen

    What a gorgeous collection of bags! You can never go wrong with the classics.

    I’m not a big Bethenny fan but I do have to admire what she has accomplished via hard work, a loud mouth, and a couple of well-to-do boyfriends. We should all be so lucky.

  • Sandra

    I struggle with brands like Hermes…brands that I know are only purchased for the status symbol. There are so many other luxury brands that offer quality perfectly made bags for more reasonable money. With that said, I have often thought of spending my entire years bag budget and getting a Birkin…..my question would be why do you need every color in the rainbow unless you have something you are trying to prove?

  • lulu

    The Birkin as Uniform is overkill as product placement!

  • lulu

    The Birkin as uniform is overkill in product placement.

  • Pretty Pink

    I read somewhere (Radaronline) I think, that her Hermes bags are fake. Apparently she has a woman come over from Asia and she pays around $750 for each. She was apparently being outed by a former assistant. Dunno hw true that allegation was, but I read it online like last year.

    • liv4fashionblog

      i heard that too… but i’m not sure if it’s true, either.

  • Silversun

    I loved looking at the bags, but today it was the slice of pizza that really grabbed my attention and got me drooling! :D

  • Yeranikm

    I’ve always liked, but recently she’s been kind of, I don’t know aggravating with the whole divorce and “I wanted a fairytale” b.s….marriage is work lady! Sorry for the rant! Anyway I think her whole stickh (sp?) is to be accessible, so she may be carrying a bag that’s worth 10Gs but her jeans are from Express kind of thing. And she buys a lot off of Ebay which is I guess how she avoids paying retail.

  • ANNABELLE HONG

    she does have a beautiful and colorful collection! love her taste in color!!! <3

  • Olivia Jenkins

    I’ve never seen the chocolate birkin and what a treat indeed! Love the tan a taupe ones as well!

  • Lancers

    I read some place that her bags are REALLY good copys

  • Rose Dalia

    I don’t know if I love her because I have only ever seen the adverst for her show but I love her green hermes birkin. It’s quite stunning in that colour.

  • chiquita

    wow so lucky

  • Makeup

    Shes great. And she’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  • RJ Judy

    I am a big fan of Bethenny I never miss her show on Bravo TV. Not only her bag collection was great also her clothes matched perfectly with her personality. Glamorous

  • Bjorn

    She is not funny. Bethenny is the epitome of passive aggressive and I am glad her show is cancelled!

    Now her style: her bags are probably knock offs, she has no problem breaking the law what-so-ever in this respect when it comes to counterfeit labels.

    Which follows with her personality because she is a complete phoney! What would be interesting, if someone were to fraudulently use the Skinnygirl line, she no doubt would be screaming foul.

    Thus, I have no desire to follow her at all.

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