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.
Chanel Handbags and Purses
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.
Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway was the first one in a while that we weren’t huge fans of. For the first time in several season’s, the brand’s mixture of luxury and kitsch felt a little bit off; where the Chanel Graffiti Backpacks had been a deft mix of high and low, the grunge-y spring messenger bags that seemed intended as their successors reached just a little too far.