Here’s Disney starlet/pop singer Ariana Grande, arriving at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday in Washington D.C., carrying a teensy gold Chanel Flap Bag. As you can clearly see, Ariana has chosen to pair her Chanel with an oversized lavender sweater and white go-go boots. I might’ve chosen to wear a skirt (or a longer skirt, if there’s indeed one under there) if I was invited to the White House to sing in front of a group of small children, but you know, that’s probably just me.

Just like all the Disney starlets that came before her, Ariana’s bag preferences tend to gravitate towards the extremely high-end. For whatever reason, Disney vets all seem programmed to absolutely love Chanel with a ferocity that is frankly sometimes a little frightening. For heaping piles of proof, you can check out “The Many Bags of Miley Cyrus”, “The Many Bags of Miley Cyrus, Part 2″ or “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part 2.” And of course, there’s always “The Many Bags of Vanessa Hudgens.” Take your pick!

At a certain point, once you’ve been rich and famous for a few years, shopping for yourself has to lose some of its fun. Especially if you’re a star like Katy Perry, who’s known for her style and, as a result, regularly receives freebies and loaned stunners from basically every brand she could desire. What’s a pop star to do then? If Perry’s weekend Instagram is any indication, she’s chosen to scratch the shopping itch by buying a Chanel Mini Flap Bag for her infant niece. (more…)

Here’s Miley Cyrus, leaving her hotel in NYC (where she brought her Bangerz tour over the weekend), carrying two recent acquisitions – her new puppy Moonie and one of the mildly controversial Chanel Graffiti Backpacks from Chanel Spring 2014. She’s also carrying a bright red bag (that matches her manicure), which we can’t quite see well enough to ID. We saw Khloe Kardashian with this bag in a different colorway/graffiti combo a couple of weeks ago. You can find out more about these exorbitantly priced canvas Chanel backpacks at the Chanel website.

Miley has been in the designer handbag-buying income bracket since she was a pre-teen, so it stands to reason that she has two editions of “The Many Bags of…”. Miley has been particularly Chanel-obsessed since she morphed into the short-haired, foam finger-humping pop star that she is today, but she actually owned a baffling amount of Chanel bags way back in her Hannah Montana days. “The Many Bags of Miley Cyrus” chronicles all of her bag acquisitions before the big hair chop of 2012, and the “The Many Bags of Miley Cyrus, Part Two” showcases everything she’s been carrying since then.

There could only be one. We assembled the bracket, you voted through four rounds, and finally, Chanel is the winner of 2014 PurseBlog March Madness, beating out Celine in the final round, plus all its previous competitors. With a bag lineup that ranges from true classics like the Classic Flap to the avant-garde beef bags of the Chanel Supermarche Spring 2014, Chanel’s audience is wide and its prestige and heritage are huge.

We’ve also noted recently that Chanel is a huge favorite among celebrities of almost every type, and with the Boy Bag modernizing the chain-strap shoulder bag for a new generation of customers, the brand has given itself a new lease on life that should carry it for the foreseeable future.

If you need to brush up on your Chanel news, we can certainly help you with that. If you’re all caught up, we want to hear your thoughts about this year’s winner in the comments!

Here’s Ms. Liza Minnelli, arriving at LAX and signing a few autographs for fans. As you can clearly see, she’s carrying a black Chanel Classic Flap Bag – an iconic bag for a truly iconic dame of the stage and screen. (What is the verbal equivalent of jazz hands? Asking for a friend.) Liza just performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall last Tuesday, and she’ll soon be taking her new musical, “Simply Liza,” to stages abroad in Vienna, Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Celebs of every ilk love Chanel, and we’ve stuffed almost all of them into our truly epic “100 Celebs and Their Favorite Chanel Bags” post from last week! We also recently took an in-depth look at Chanel’s Fall 2014 bags. The blog is super saturated with content for avid Chanel lovers at the moment, but the eternal question remains: exactly how much of it can you digest during your lunch hour?

Here’s Lily Allen, leaving her hotel in NYC and carrying a Fendi Fur Peekaboo Bag. She’s also wearing Christian Louboutin Glitter Pigalle Pumps and a Chanel tunic, not that you’d have trouble identifying either. Lily has been in town for a while now and always seems to have a little Chanel on her person. (Here she is with a Chanel Bowling Bag last week.) Lily’s furry Fendi bag is sold out, but you can shop a wide assortment of Fendi bags, shoes, and apparel at Saks. You can find Lily’s glittery Pigalles for $625 at Barneys.

Lily is exactly the girl I would expect to carry this bag. Some designs just require oodles of personality to pull off, and a furry Fendi is definitely one of them. We’ve already discussed how Lily and Karl Lagerfeld are great chums, but I frequently forget that Karl is also the creative director of Fendi (because being the creative director of one major fashion house simply isn’t enough). Which only means more free Chanel AND Fendi for Lily and all of Karl’s other celeb muses!

We cover Chanel often on PurseBlog and there are many reasons why, but two of the main ones are that you love the brand and so do we. When we covered the Chanel Fall 2014 show, which took place in a Chanel-made supermarket, you had a lot to say.

Karl Lagerfeld brings whimsy and spunk to this grocery-themed collection, with some of the seasonal pieces truly touching on the supermarket aspect, alongside plenty of classics for the everyday Chanel enthusiast as well. While I don’t need Chanel milk, the Chanel Lait de Coco Bag is a perfect example of the playfulness that runs through this collection. Earlier this week, we got the chance to inspect the bags in person at the Chanel showroom – check out the photos of our favorites below.

Around the PurseBlog offices, we spend an inordinate amount of time poring over photos of celebs and their favorite handbags, and over time, one thing has become apparent: famous people really, really love Chanel bags. Non-famous people do too, of course, but those photos are harder to come by.

Singers, actresses, models, It Girls, reality TV stars, novelists – there’s a little bit of everything in this compendium of celebrities and their beloved Chanel bags, and that’s probably what’s most notable about the finished product. It takes quite the iconic bag to look at home on the shoulders of such a diverse cast of characters, and Chanel’s signature pieces look lovely on all (well, almost all) of the women below.

Here’s Khloe Kardashian, leaving LA with a Chanel Graffiti Backpack and Kim and Kourtney following behind. This bag was the marquee accessory from Chanel’s Spring 2014 runway, and we’re not at all surprised that one of the Kardashians already has it in her clutches. (Mama Kris Jenner was one of the special few who managed to scoop up a Chanel Hula Hoop Flap Bag during its incredibly limited run after the Spring 2013 show last year.) The $3,400 – $3,800 price tag on Chanel’s new backpacks has garnered a lot of attention, mainly because they’re just straight-up canvas backpacks, embellished with “multicolored ropes.” You can find out more about this bag on the Chanel website.

What do you think about Chanel’s backpacks? Is their intentionally DIY look a bit of a turn off? Can Chanel really demand $3,800 for an incredibly standard-looking canvas backpack that’s just been given a little logo love? For comparison: very similar styles are available at a multitude of mall stores for about $20-$80. Are the Kardashians total suckers for ponying up that kind of cash for canvas, or are we all suckers for giving a brand like Chanel carte blanche to sell us what is essentially the IDEA of a bag, built with the most minimal construction possible?

Here’s UK pop star Lily Allen, carrying a blue lambskin Chanel Bowling Bag while shopping at Intermix in Soho. (I feel an urgent need to add her sweater to my closet immediately.) We’ve seen Lily carrying a lot of Chanel in the past year, and for good reason: Lily is one of Karl Lagerfeld’s special pets. She even starred in the brand’s campaign for Chanel Coco Cocoon bags back in 2009. Chanel bags aren’t available online, of course, but you can read more about Lily’s Chanel Bowling Bag on Chanel’s website.

We actually saw Lily dutifully carrying one of the Chanel Coco Cocoon Totes that she shilled for Chanel just last year. The puffed lambskin that gives the Cocoon bags their distinct look seems to have fallen out of favor in the last few years, but I’m sure it’ll have its day on the runways once again. Even more recently, we spotted Lily repping for Chanel at both London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. She carried three (yes, three!) Chanel Metallic Logo Pouches in London, and the Chanel Art Boy Bag in Paris.

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