Chanel’s Fall 2014 show, set in an ultra-luxury supermarket constructed inside the Grand Palais in Paris, was perhaps the biggest spectacle ever for a brand that loves a spectacle. With bags styled like packaged steaks inside of stuff chain grocery baskets, it was easy to get lost in the absurdist tableau and miss the fact that, among the novelty, there were plenty of wearable, covetable bags and accessories to be found.

Now that the bags have arrived in Chanel boutiques and are available for perusal on Chanel’s website, it’s a lot easier to find the signal among the noise. On their own, almost all of the bags feel light and luxurious, and they’re just irreverent enough to both feel current and have staying power. Check out the new bags, complete with pricing info, below.

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.)

The Chanel Boy Bag continues to sell briskly and inspire lust in consumers all over the world, and in response to the demand, Chanel has produced the bag in a wide variety of colors, sizes and materials. You immediately get classic Chanel vibes when you see the Boy Bag, but it’s more casual and approachable than some of the brand’s more traditional offerings.

I have a Boy Bag and love it, and now I want more. With so many options to choose from, I want to hear which color you’d pick from the Metallic Chanel Boy Bag rainbow. Let us know in the comments below!

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 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.

When Chanel showed its Fall 2014 collection, it was clear Karl Lagerfeld had his mind on food. The collection took place in a fully decked-out Chanel supermarket, and the bags and accessories were quirky and fantastic as we’ve come to expect. The Chanel classics will always be part of the brand, but the intensely playful seasonal collections consistently pique my interest. (more…)

Pricing data from the mid-2000s can be hard to come by for any handbag; it’s not the kind of information that brands or stores keep in public archives, and PurseBlog itself was only just getting its start cataloging those sorts of things back in the mid-aughts. When the bags in question have never been sold online at all, the search for data only becomes more difficult, and that makes it all the harder to track the at-times-exorbitant price increases that those bags have received over the past decade. Racked did the dirty work of finding out how much Chanel’s prices have changed, and the result was surprising even to me. (more…)

[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.]

More than any show this season, and perhaps in the history of time, Chanel Fall 2014 doesn’t require much of an explanation. Because I’m not sure exactly where that leaves me, though, I’d appreciate it if you’d allow me to be self-indulgent and give you one anyway. We can let Karl Lagerfeld host a fashion show in a faux supermarket, but I, personally, will not let him obviate my place in the universe. It’s my way holding on to some semblance of normalcy in a world where a fake Chanel supermarket is a thing that happens. (more…)

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.

At the end of July, I shared with you that my Chanel bag broke; more specifically, a screw came loose which left the closure plate on the bag dangling. I wanted to resolve this issue right after I wrote about it, but Vlad and I were already in the process of moving to Florida. (More specifically, we’ll spend half the year in NYC and half in Florida–more on that soon!)

I tried to make time to pop over to the Chanel boutique on 57th street in NYC before we came down to Florida, but in the rush of moving, it just didn’t work out. Once I arrived in Florida, I thought for sure I’d to make it down to Miami to go to the boutique right away, but the first few weeks have been super hectic and I didn’t make it over until this week.

I can happily report that my bag is completely fixed. In fact, I experienced the best customer service I’ve ever received. Chanel’s customer service team read my story and reached out to me via email. The representative emailed to let me know they’d like to help me fix my bag and asked for my number to talk it over with me.

As I reported previously, the screw coming out of my bag wasn’t something that I found atrocious. Over time and with use, bags will wear a bit, and of issues you can have with a bag, a screw falling out is a best-case scenario because it’s a straightforward thing to fix. The customer service representative called, was apologetic and got straight to the point: they wanted to help me fix my bag. She said she would help me set up a time to pop into the boutique and have it taken care of.

Chanel Reissue Bag

We set up a time for me to go down to the Chanel Bal Harbour boutique, and I intended to do it two weeks ago. It’s a 45 minute drive from our new place, and we have painters and a floor company in the house right now, so I just didn’t make it down. This week, I finally had time to hop down to Miami, but it was last-minute and I didn’t let the customer service rep know I was headed down at the time.

Though the customer service rep had set up a time with me and someone to meet in the store, the day I went no one expected me. However, I was promptly greeted by a sales associate, and right away he asked how he could help. I explained my predicament and he told me he would take my bag to the back to see if they had the screws and they would try to fix it on the spot. He came back out about two minutes later and let me know that they didn’t have the exact screws that my bag originally had, but they had similar ones that they could put in now as placeholders while they ordered the right screws for me. I loved this solution because it meant I didn’t need to send my bag out; I got to take my bag home, and the store fixed it so I could use it right away.

I was so thankful that the sales associate came up with a plan for me that let me use my bag and eventually still correct the screws as well. I thought it would take a while, but last night, I got a call letting me know that the boutique had the proper screws. Chanel then asked if I’d like to have them schedule a pickup with FedEx so I didn’t need to go down to the store–talk about going above and beyond.

Chanel Reissue Bag

Earlier today, I hopped in the car and headed to the boutique. I was the first customer in the store right as it opened and the store manager was the one who took care of me and fixed my bag. It took about 10 minutes to fix, and I wandered the store lusting after some of the most beautiful exotic Chanel bags I’ve ever seen. From the most delicious orange alligator Classic Flap to my current obsession, the black python Boy Bag, my love for Chanel was reinvigorated with the items I saw and the customer service I received.

I’ve heard so many not-so-great stories on PurseForum and via email when it comes to luxury customer service, from brands charging people exorbitant amounts to fix their bags to having to send out items for months at a time for small repairs. But this experience has been everything from accommodating to enjoyable. Thank you, Chanel, for taking care of my bag, both when you knew I had an audience for my issues and when you didn’t.

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