Here’s supermodel Molly Sims, arriving on a late night flight at LAX after a trip to New York to launch a new salad collection at Wendy’s (I know that sounds like something ridiculous I just made up, but it’s not). She’s carrying a tidy, taupe Celine Trapeze Bag with suede panels, natch. In one of these photos, you’ll notice that someone else is carrying a very nice customized Goyard Duffle Bag (possibly on Molly’s behalf). It seems that after hours bag-watching at LAX occasionally pays off!

Molly, like most supermodels, is a woman of discerning taste in designer handbags, and we’ve caught her darting in and out of airports with premium bag selections before. Here she is with a custom Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote back in January. We also spotted Molly at a Spring 2014 Fashion Week event with a teensy Zac Posen Mini Eartha Crossbody Bag, which, now that I look at them side by side, looks like a Celine Trapeze that’s been made for an American Girl doll. (I like it anyway!)

February always sneaks up on me, and then it leaves as quickly as it arrived. The month is filled with fashion weeks, so it’s a bit crazy, plus this February was so cold that I spent most of my time strategically deciding the quickest way to get from point A to point B without freezing. I did get a little shopping in, though, and while I told myself I have plenty of Celine bags, I found my way into the store and picked up a Celine Cabas Tote. (more…)

It wasn’t hard to figure out exactly what Phoebe Philo was getting at with her Celine Fall 2014 handbags. The bags, divided into slim envelope clutches and larger top-handle satchels, were a deliberate rumination on how handbags come together into three-dimensional objects, and especially with the satchels, Philo showed her work. The bags’ gussets were held tenuously together with big metal buttons, and because of the minimalist construction, the corners gapped open, occasionally exposing the stuffing inside.

These aren’t handbags that will be sold to a lot of women (Celine has its non-runway line for that), but they do set the tone for where the brand’s accessory ideas are headed. If it were possible for Celine to make popular bags that are even more stripped down than the Trio and Cabas Tote, then that might be what to look for. More likely, though, the heavily textured leather and calf hair from these bags, along with their weathered hardware and exposed stitches, will be showing up in Celine’s more consumer-friendly offerings. Check out the collection below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

Here’s Hilary Duff, leaving the gym in West Hollywood (in a pair of heels, no less!), clearly showered, blow-dried and ready to take on her post-workout day. She’s carrying both a Celine Luggage Tote and a Givenchy Antigona Bag – one bag for pre-gym, one bag for post-gym, I suppose? Celine bags aren’t sold online, but you can pick up a pale grey Givenchy Antigona similar to Hilary’s for $2,435 at Barneys.

If you’re shopping for a similar look at a markedly lower price point, do check out Amanda’s latest post in our ongoing “5 Under $500″ series: “5 Under $500: The Palest Shades of Grey.” As our regular readers well know, Hilary has an exceptional handbag collection – it’s so good, in fact, that it merits frequent revisiting. You can browse through all of her Celines and Givenchys in “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part Two.”

Fox Sports football personality Erin Andrews was recently spotted heading from LAX to JFK for the impending Super Bowl festivities. As you can see, she’s overloaded with not just a Celine Luggage Tote, but also a Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote, which means her airport handbag game is about as tight as it gets. (Also, sports personality ladies, we clearly haven’t been paying you enough attention. Lesson learned.) You can get Erin’s exact “Bordeaux” Saint Laurent bag for $2,950 at Nordstrom.

I’ve never been one to pretend to have sentiments about the Super Bowl, and I certainly won’t start now, but I will say, in a head-to-head Celine Luggage Tote vs. Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote smackdown, I’m kind of feeling the Sac de Jour. Probably because the Celine Luggage Tote would be the team that ALWAYS goes to the Super Bowl in this metaphor, and the Sac de Jour clearly represents the scrappy underdog.

Khloe Kardashian was recently spotted shuffling off to the gym with an overstuffed black Celine Phantom Luggage Tote. Celine is one of Khloe’s favorite brands, and she owns several impressive Celine bags, including both a buttery yellow Celine Phantom Luggage Tote and a brown suede one, as well as a python front-flap Celine Trapeze Bag. The Luggage Totes come in an ever-expanding variety of color and finish combinations, but the default Luggage Tote for most celebs seems to be a solid black bag like Khloe’s, or a solid navy blue or beige bag.

I don’t exaggerate when I say that literally every celeb who was ever anybody now owns a Celine Phantom Luggage Tote at this point, including the entire lot of the Kardashian-Jenners. Even Kylie Jenner owns two or three. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding: check out our “Celebs and their Luggage Totes: A Retrospective”, and “Celebs and their Luggage Totes: A Retrospective, Part Two”.

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Celine Summer 2014, which is coming to a boutique near you soon, contains old favorites like the Luggage and Phantom Luggage Totes, Trapeze Bag and Gourmette Bag in some awesome new colors and combinations. The bad news is that the crazy Celine runway bags are also being produced. Quite a few of them. In all of their insane runway glory. Check out Celine’s full 2014 handbag lookbook below.

At first, I sat down to update and refresh the look we took in 2012 at celebrities and their Celine Luggage Totes. Once I started digging, though, it became clear that adding a dozen new pictures to the original post wouldn’t do stars’ love for their Celine bags any justice. Instead, it would require a full follow-up to the original investigation (I use that term loosely), and that’s what we have for you today.

Celine Luggage Totes aren’t the new thing on the block anymore, and it no longer requires a contact at a high-end boutique and a prepaid waitlist spot to get your hands on one. I still see the bags carried all the time on the streets of New York, though, and celebs of all stripes, from A-List to No List, still trot theirs out regularly. Find out who’s been carrying what below.

Here’s Tamara Ecclestone and her husband Jay Rutland, making an impromptu visit to the beach (with a chummy paparazzo in tow) after having lunch at a beachside restaurant in Santa Monica. You can’t see him in this first photo, but the couple was also joined by their adorable poof of a teacup Pomeranian. That is indeed a brilliant blue Celine Python Phantom Luggage Tote sitting in the sand. Really, we’re using “beach bag” in the loosest sense possible, as this entire visit lasted only minutes.

The rest of us might be reluctant to let a pricey python Celine bag touch the ground, and we might also fret about exposing our suede Isabel Marant hidden wedge sneaks to soggy beach conditions. But hey, if newly preggers heiress to a billion-dollar fortune who appears to be very much in love can’t be totally blithe and carefree about this kind of thing, then who can? There are even more pics floating around on the web from this adorable beach interlude; later Tamara actually took a turn on a recumbent tricycle. It was an exceedingly whimsical day.

Jessica Alba was recently spotted heading to lunch in LA, carrying what we’ll call a Celine Buckle Bag. This bag either pre-dates Phoebe Philo’s advent at the brand in 2009 (and all the handbag success that came with it) or comes from very early in her tenure. Before Philo’s Luggage Tote, Celine bags didn’t garner much press, so finding specific info about bags from this era can be tricky. It shares a handle structure with the Celine Boogie Bag, the most famous of the pre-Philo Celine bags. We may not be able to date this bag with total confidence, but we invite our avid Celine aficionados to weigh in.

The rest of Jessica’s outfit is also appropriately old school – those gaudy prints of the late 1980s/early 1990s do pair especially well with black minis, tights and knee-high boots. (Though I can’t say I’m happy that someone is trying to bring gaudy grandma prints back into fashion.) Jessica is pretty adventurous with her handbag choices – you can peep at the majority of her collection in “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba” and “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba, Part Two”.

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