When it comes to Sharon Osbourne’s handbag preferences, it’s Chanel and only Chanel, almost exclusively. She does carry other brands from time to time, but as of late, she seems to favor black Chanel bags of every shape and size. Here’s Sharon leaving her hotel in Tribeca in the bitter NYC cold with a gorgeous Chanel Alligator Satchel. (We’re not 100% certain that this is alligator and not croc, but since Chanel generally seems to prefer gator to croc for most of its bags, it seems a safe bet.)

Last we saw Sharon, she was wrangling a startlingly massive, black Chanel Flap Bag.

Chanel bags (and jewelry, and clothes) are as notoriously difficult to come by as any in the luxury market. Chanel doesn’t sell its wares online (and doesn’t plan to in the near future), and if you’ve never tried to just waltz into a department store or Chanel boutique and purchase one, you might be surprised at how hard it can be to find a store with the most sought-after styles in stock.

You can never have too much Chanel in your life, and while we gave you our own look at some of the Chanel Cruise Bags, we now have a preview of the colorful Chanel Spring 2014 collection.

When the collection hit the runway in September, the art theme was evident everywhere from the show’s gallery-inspired show set to the collection on the runway.

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.

I love this time of year, as my favorite storefronts change our their windows with holiday displays and add new items often. If you happened to pass by the Chanel 57th street location over the weekend in NYC, you will have seen the new Chanel Cruise 2014 display. We got to see some of the best bags from the cruise collection and photograph them for you before the other stores have their windows transformed as well.

This Chanel backpack looks like it belongs to an art student, but it probably won’t fit into most aspiring painters’ budgets.

Kate Upton was recently spotted at the arrivals gate at LAX carrying a classic Chanel Cerf Tote. This particularly oversized version of the Cerf Tote seems to make an exceptionally good carry-on for a celeb on the go. Kate also seems to be quite partial to this particular shade of indigo blue – we spotted her with a gorgeous croc Celine bag a few months ago that was the exact same shade!

Jessica Biel recently attended a MoMA 2013 Film Benefit in NYC while wearing an assortment of exciting Chanel goodies. Her white dress is actually from the Chanel Resort 2014 collection, and while it wasn’t exactly intended for autumnal wear, I think she makes it work here with the right accessories. Her gorgeous clutch is a very special Chanel Lego Pearl Clutch.

Here’s Sharon Osbourne, arriving in London to play her part on the UK’s The X Factor (aka, the original X Factor). As you can see, Sharon is carrying a truly massive Chanel bag that we’re dubbing the Chanel Oversized Flap Bag. It is, without a doubt, one of the biggest Chanel bags we’ve ever beheld. It’s gargantuan, so it obviously makes a perfect airplane carry-on, especially if you’d like to smuggle something large and exotic across international borders, like a live animal.

First, apologies for our wonky tech situation over the past day – we’re back and hoping to stay that way for the foreseeable future, and we appreciate your patience! Second, don’t let our down time make you forget what’s really important, like our Ultimate It Bag Giveaway in partnership with the fine folks of The Zoe Report. Want to win the bag above?

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