In general, when we look at bags, we look at the big picture: how a bag looks, feels and functions as a whole unit. After all, that’s how women use their bags, and even a great detail or two can’t make up for a bag that has other serious shortcomings. That’s why we love it when Chanel gets super creative with the iconic Chanel Classic Flap Bags; the feel and function of a Classic Flap are time-tested, so Chanel’s frequent reinventions of the exterior are almost literally the icing on the cake. Today, we’ve got some serious icing for you.
These three bags, brand new for Chanel Cruise 2014 (check out our exclusive photos for more information on the line as a whole), are members of the “Exceptional Pieces” line within Chanel’s handbag division that holds the rarest, most exotic and most expensive bags that the brand makes. A couple Exceptional Pieces appear every season, and Cruise 2014’s are pretty magnificent. The pink bag, with thousands of sequins, beads and pearls, is pretty clearly Valentine’s Day-themed; Chanel generally releases a bag to commemorate the holiday, and if you look closely, many of the pink sequins are heart-shaped. The blue and white bags are more vaguely spring-related, but no less beautiful. Click on the images below to view larger versions of each. All of the bags retail for $4,400; to purchase, inquire via Chanel.