Chanel Fall 2014 Handbags 38

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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.

Over the past few years, Chanel shows have become more about set design than about the clothes and bags, in a lot of ways, but Lagerfeld still dutifully outfitted each of his models with the brand’s customary moneymakers. The most outlandish of the bags were meat-colored (gross, yet accurate!) Chanel Classic Flap Bags, wrapped in grocery store packaging like ground beef and stamped with assurances the they are, indeed, 100% leather. The real stars of the big-box store, though, were the shopping baskets fashioned out of rigid versions of the chain straps normally found on the brand’s most classic bags.

Of course, what might seem like a veneer of cheeky fun was also a pretty astute commentary on the modern face of the luxury business. As much as popular culture in general sometimes tries to dismiss Karl Lagerfeld as a charlatan, he’s uncommonly skilled at capturing fashion’s place within the larger social picture, and the questions posed in this show’s presentation (Do the super rich, for whom these pieces are made, shop for them the same way that the rest of us buy milk and eggs at the grocery store? Has fashion industry’s desire for endless expansion created a paradox in which its ubiquity makes things that should be rare seem totally common? How does commodification affect the creation of art, if that’s what fashion is?) are worth a moment’s thought, at the very least. Check out all the bags below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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  • Guest

    I’m so happy with the last few Chanel collections – I’ve saved a ton of money not buying from these sub-par collections.

    • K. Smith

      You sound really stupid….

  • Jodie

    Considering some of his recent collections, I get the feeling that Karl Lagerfeld gets a kick out of making fun of the rich

    • u

      It does look like a joke!

  • Lovisa Laufke

    karl is playing, let him play

  • laura

    the whole concepts gets an A+ for being different and creative but each individual items gets a D- in my opinion, some of them even fail. With the exception of the shopping carts, which I love and wish I had one, all the bags, shoes and clothes are not the typical luxurious Chanel we are used to. Some of them even look like fashion design school projects or one of those Project Runway challenges.

  • Gilson

    My favourite item is the Chanel ahopping basket! Yes please!

  • Gilson

    *shopping

  • S

    I love Chanel. But I feel like they went a little too far.Designers are to be inspired.. not take things too literally.

  • glitterhammy

    If Karl’s goal was to create a couture version of the slob look normal people sport to get groceries (ripped pants/shirts, big ugly puffy coats, hideous slapped-on makeup) then he succeeded.

    So tired of these ridiculous presentations hiding the fact that the clothes and accessories being showcased suck.

  • David

    I think you are all taking this too seriously, it’s only fashion and the bags aren’t that bad, the embroidered flaps and the pop art fur bags are pretty cool…

    Is there going to be a feature on the valentino runway bags megs?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Yes, we will cover Valentino runway bags next week!

  • kindled

    Can anyone tell what the detailing is on the boy bag? I can’t quite tell what the red stuff is.

  • alice

    Not really a good show but if the goal was to make us all talk about it (good or bad) it worked. I find it really vulgar. If we considered Chanel as an Hermes brand now is becoming more an H&M…

    • lbshah99

      I totally agree it’s almost so comical to see these designer bags being sold in every website like Potrero, Malleries, Fashionphile, Real Real etc., they’re all over and you see tons of them especially the Hermes. Which makes me wonder and now I lost all confidence in these lables as being exclusive bags for the rich only. Anyone and anybody ownes one and for those with limited funds you can even place one on layaway….

      • Susi

        Why, in the world, would you think Chanel or Hermes for the rich only? You may wonder how many women save for years just to have that little piece of fashion history in their wardrobe. You post really shows how shallow and uneducated you are.

  • Faith Rankin

    Ugh!! Sorry …I saw one, maybe two that I thought were OK….I may be a bit old fashioned, I guess!! Whatever….

  • nappy

    i want the “lait de Coco” bag!!! too cute.. and the black styrofoam minaudiere is a darling! the pink croc boy with chevron quilt is just divine..and that green croc flap is stunning.. i would definitely buy the chains and padlocks fastened to the shopping carts (if the price is right!) some were very kitschy but we have to remember that the styling and the mood kinda makes it too much to take in.. but when they are separated and photographed by itself, i know they are gorgeous bags with a bit of a Karl kick.

  • Toyzi

    Karl has lost it

  • No

    Ugh glad I don’t like these at all last bag bought was the shiva and looks like I will be done if he plays

  • Rashida

    I think he put on one heck of a show!

  • Indivisual

    OY, if Coco Chanel was alive she would never approve of some these styles. I don’t think this is what her brand was suppose to evolve into. Who is going to buy most of these?
    It’s a joke and each season it gets worse. Chanel needs a new design leader. It’s time Karl

  • FashionableLena

    I think that there is too much being read into this show. I just thought that it was a cute idea. Fashion shows are supposed to be Fun yet still show off the clothing and accessories. It’s still a trade show of sorts.
    As far as the bags go, I could go for the silver Boy bag with the pearls and gun metal straps, one of the carts, the tweed sunglasses, quilted rolling suitcases, and the tweed classic flap. Now, I just need the salary to afford it!

  • Angela

    I think Karl Lagerfeld is running out of ideas. Using supermarket theme is just lame.

  • Firdaus Hilmy

    yuck! some of them (I think most of them) are ugly as fu*k!

  • Casey

    I mean the whole point of the fashion shows is the create a theme. People might find some of these bags revolting, but when you step into the Chanel boutique, these aren’t the bags you’re gonna find in the store. Everything will be just as refined as you know Chanel to be. It’s *just* a show, so calm down.

    • JOAN

      I agree! Nice to see a different take on these classic bags. Love the gloves with the little “cc’s” :) and of course the shopping cart!

  • Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief

    I can see Miley Virus and PMK carrying around the shopping basket bags :-)

  • Ash

    I wonder if they made a big shopping cart, with wheels and everything if people would buy it. And be like”oh yesssss, this is my Chanel shopping cart daaaarling! I do hate those common carts at Wegmans” (and I’m a Chanel fan BTW)

  • http://www.fayenicolehines.com/ Faye

    This is a very unique fashion item from Chanels Fall 2014 collection

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