Celebrities and Chanel Bags

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Chanel Flap Bag Up Close

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Some people dream for years of owning a Chanel Classic Flap Bag or Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag (and now, a Chanel Boy Bag), some already own multiples of each, and still others think that they're too traditional and played-out.


The world’s most popular handbag brands go to great lengths to make their handbags difficult to get, but thanks to the democratizing forces of the Internet, it’s no longer as hard as it once was. Accessibility to those bags often comes by way of auctions and trunkshows of pre-owned bags, but yesterday, I realized there’s a place where you can shop a fairly large selection all the time: farfetch.com.


It seems like Chanel puts out new bags at an almost impossible pace, and now it’s time for another new set to lust after. Chanel’s Fall 2015 Pre-Collection bags have arrived in stores as well as to the brand’s online lookbook, and we’ve got all the images and price information below.


Regular, non-seasonal Chanel flap bags in basic black can be hard enough to get your hands on, so when it comes to the one-season-only stuff (or, even worse, limited editions), who knows if you’ll ever be able to get your hands on that one special bag you fell in love with from the brand’s runway photos?


Chanel fashion shows are not, by and large, elusive events. They’re some of the most well-documented happenings in fashion, with both media and attendees reporting back via traditional industry news channels and social media. That’s why it’s been so weird that we couldn’t get close-up shots of the Chanel Cruise 2016 runway bags until now.


We talk about Chanel‘s seasonal bags at length, but some of the brand’s most-loved accessories fly under the radar in the “small leather goods” category. That includes the Chanel Wallet On Chain, which is precisely what it sounds like–a large wallet with the brand’s popular leather-woven shoulder strap, which can be carried as a small purse if the wearer is willing to sacrifice the bulky contents of her regular bag.


If you’ve had enough of Spring 2015 bags and sale season, you’re in luck: Chanel Metiers d’Art Paris-Salzburg 2015 bags make their debut in the brand’s boutiques this month, and we’ve got an extensive tour of the collection’s lookbook for you, which includes prices for many of the bags.


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.


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.

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