Fashion can be a lot of things, but when it’s at its very best, it’s about fantasy. We all have bags in the backs of our minds that we’d love to see in our closets, and for many of us, those bags are exotics, special orders or hard-to-find pieces from brands whose wares are extremely scarce to begin with.
Chanel Handbags and Purses
There ain’t no party like a Chanel party because a Chanel party is full of beautiful people with even more beautiful handbags. As they do every year, Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld descended on the Tribeca Film Festival to host the Chanel Artists Dinner, which celebrates Lagerfeld’s favorite people: actresses and other creatives, mostly (but not always) of the indie variety.
Chanel has some much-discussed plans to venture into in-house online retail, but until September 2016 at the earliest, you’ll still have to get creative if you want to buy Chanel bags and accessories online. That’s why we think you’ll want to jump at the What Goes Around Comes Around vintage Chanel trunkshow currently happening on Moda Operandi; it’s full of pre-owned bags both vintage and recent, in addition to the brand’s iconic costume jewelry and small accessories, all just a click away.
Chanel is a lot of things, but first and foremost for the past few years, it’s been a brand that loves a theme. When one of our editors stopped by the Chanel Fall 2015 preview recently, Chanel’s unparalleled level of commitment to its aesthetic whims was on full display; although the preview was in Chanel’s offices, the space looked fully like a French bistro, just as the Grand Palais in Paris had in March for the brand’s runway show.
If you’ve made it this far, you probably already agree with us: a new season calls for a new bag, or perhaps several. The Internet offers plenty of options for generalized sartorial pursuits, but when it comes to finding bags that are rare, limited edition or made by brands that don’t sell their wares online, there are only a few places to turn.
Okay, guys, I’ve got a little secret for you: the Chanel 11.12 Flap Bag is basically just a Chanel Classic Flap Bag with chevron quilting instead of the brand’s classic diamond pattern. It’s branded as a whole new thing for Spring 2015, and while it does have some detail variations, it is, in a practical sense, basically the same.
If you noticed that Chanel took its handbag prices off its website earlier this week, we now know why: yesterday, Women’s Wear Daily reported that the brand will begin “harmonizing” its global prices on April 8. That means some markets will see significant increases in handbag prices, while others will see big drops.