For every season, Chanel generously offers not one handbag collection but two. You get the regular collection bags, which are always luxurious and highly detailed in their own right, and then you get Outstanding Pieces, which are on a whole different level. These are the jewel-encrusted exotic bags that would turn your heard so hard that you’d have to see a chiropractor, should you encounter someone toting one down the street.

For the Byzantine-inspired Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011 collection, Karl Lagerfeld pulled out all the stops to create a gilded, ornate collection of crocodile, python and cabochon. These designs aren’t for a shrinking violet, but even lovers of statement pieces should be careful; these bags may result in a shrinking wallet. Please contact Chanel at 800-550-0005 for pricing and availability.

[Photos via Chanel]

  • kouturecrochet.com

    I have to say i am not really impressed. they have a fake jewel and rhinestone look.

    I dont know they seem to look over the top but not in a good way. i usually love the outstanding peices collection but i am not impressed with this set

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    • Laura

      Chanel is always the best! But they do use fake jewel to keep the profit higher. :( Hope they can improve for that!

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  • kemilia

    While I don’t have anything Chanel except for lip glosses & nail polishes, I certainly would never turn away a classic Jumbo flap.

    However, these I would definitly take a pass on, even if I did have the major amount of money they will cost, but I’m sure they will sell out immediately to the Chanel ladies.

  • 19yearslater

    These are gorgeous. Simply works of art.

  • Seejayluvsbags

    The bags are interesting to look at but I’m not so sure I’d want/wear one.

  • Vitta

    I like #4 – simple and elegant. It is identical to the vintage ca 1920s piece in black featured on p.23 of the encyclopedia on status exotics, “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags”. It seems like Karl Lagerfeld is tapping the archives, which is a good thing.

  • papertiger

    Gorgeous! If price were of no concern I would have a hard time choosing between them and order them all :D.

  • Sophie

    The python (#2) is amazing. I’d snaffle it in an instant!

  • Casol Villas France

    Great article, thank you for sharing Amanda. Did you see the latest Chanel 2012 fashion show in Cap d’Antibes? Saw it on Vogue.es, simply amazing. http://www.casolvillasfrance.com

  • Lily

    i think i just jizzed my brains out…

  • edoardo

    I like the bags in python and crocodile but the other ones look a but “cheap” and I don’t know almost shabby, not cool and chic at all!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Troll

    kewl

  • Candace

    I love #2 and #4 – #2 is understated yet purposeful glam, and #4 is delicate yet full-on glam without being obnoxious. But I’m not really feeling the rest of the collection.

  • Amy

    LOVE #6. If only I had an unlimited purse budget!

  • Roxanne

    I just bought the Purple Jeweled Bag and rest assured that the pictures don’t do it justice. It simply takes your breath away~

  • PrettyToni

    I really want a Chanel bag but how much do they cost?

  • Roxanne

    The Purple Jeweled Bag is $10,000.00 plus tax

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