Right now no one can get enough when it comes to the major Celine bag trend. From the highly coveted and widely carried Celine Luggage Tote to the brand’s newest It Bag, the Trapeze, to the ultimate Classic Box Bag, Celine is taking the accessories world by storm. The difficulty in tracking down Celine bags only adds to the frenzy; not only is the brand not available online anywhere, but very few places carry the bags in-store.

Most brands have Pre-Fall, which debuts in stores during the historically fashion-barren summer months, followed by the full Fall collection, which hits at the end of summer and features a more robust and often more daring lineup of pieces. Celine, on the other hand, does it (plus almost everything else) a little differently. The brand’s pre-collection is termed Fall, while the later-arriving goods are called Winter.

It was one of those weekends where Mother Nature dished out absolutely gorgeous weather and I stayed inside mostly in bed feeling under the weather. I constantly checked Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see how everyone else was enjoying their weekend and felt a little sorry for myself. This is when I decided to turn my sick weekend into a tropical staycation.

Every now and then, we discuss non-leather bags and what a ripoff I think they tend to be. You know the drill: A brand makes a basic bag in a basic fabric and then charges an arm and a leg for it based on the strength of their other designs. The theory is that because their other bags are fancy, they can get away with convincing everyone that some cotton or linen bag is also, indeed, fancy.

As I mentioned earlier today, we’re proud to say that you can find some extraordinary things on our PurseForum if you dig around a little bit. The goodies don’t stop at what our members are able to find, though – sometimes what blows me away the most is what a diverse, interesting, talented group we have. From doctors to lawyers to small business-owners, our purse lovers run the gamut and we’re proud to call them all part of our community.

Phoebe Philo is a force to be reckoned with in the accessories world. Philo was at Chloe when the brand was driving the world crazy with the omnipresent Paddington and Silverado bags, and now she’s at Celine, making fashion people everywhere lose their minds over Luggage Totes, Classic Box Bags and Trapeze Satchels. She may not design the bags herself, but Philo has a way of bringing out the best in her accessories staff and capturing the attention of bag lovers everywhere.

For being one of the biggest handbag designers in the world right now, concerete information about Celine‘s accessories collections can be incredibly hard to find. Prices? Colors? International Availability? Everyone’s information is a little bit different, and after you look at enough blurry cell phone pictures from sales associates at boutiques and department stores across the globe, you start to go a little bit cross-eyed.

No matter where I go in New York or who I talk to, once people find out what I do for a living, almost all of them ask me if I know where they can get a Celine bag, what I think of the Celine bag they want to buy and if I have a Celine bag myself. As we’ve noted over on BagThatStyle, it seems like a new celebrity pops up carrying one every day, and judging by the long pre-order lists in stores, none of the Celine hysteria is going to abate anytime soon.

Image via @BarneysFASHION. Additional images via Kirna Zabete and Celine

I hate Pre-Fall for the same reason that I hate Resort: It’s so hard to get good pictures of the bags, shoes and accessories when the lines debut. Because most designers have small shows or presentations for a very small group of buyers and editors and then simply release lookbook images to the fashion press at large, the detail shots that you get during the big, somewhat public Spring and Fall runway shows are basically nonexistant.

I’ve been on a Celine kick for quite some time, and just as I thought my obsession begins to subside, I found a bag that makes it flare back up. I’ve gone back and forth trying to decide if I like the Celine Phantom, which is the most recent hit from the brand, and I have finally decided I want it.

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