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.
Chanel Handbags and Purses
Here’s Naya Rivera leaving lunch at Urth Caffe in West Hollywood, pairing a sporty all-black ensemble and work boots with a Chanel Vintage Quilted Briefcase, curiously enough. This juice bar seems to be constantly teeming with young celebrities, and its parking lot is a popular paparazzi haunt/stake-out locale. Naya seems to be in the process of tweaking her personal style as of late.
Sofia Vergara was recently spotted carrying a white Chanel Flap Bag in Sydney, Australia. Several other Modern Family cast members have been intercepted by Aussie paps around Sydney recently, so I suppose we can all expect the “Modern Family: Down Under” special one hour episode to air in the not-so-distant future. To view the rest of Sofia’s especially luxe handbag stash, check out “The Many Bags of Sofia Vergara”.
Spring has sprung; if not outside, at least in your local Chanel boutique. Chanel Spring 2014 Pre-Collection (which is distinct from Chanel Cruise 2014, which already arrived, you are late!), is now in a store near you, which means that the collection’s bags are now listed on Chanel’s website, and almost all of them are complete with price information. We’ve assembled all that info into a gallery below, or you can head directly to Chanel.com for more details on how to purchase.
Nicky Hilton and her sister Paris were recently spotted enjoying a little shopping date in NYC. In typical sisterly fashion, they seem to be locked in a silent battle to outdress each other, but Nicky clearly has the advantage with her edgy black Chanel Chain Boy Bag. Because Chanel now lists most of its handbag prices online, we now know that this bag has a suggested retail price of $5,100.
It’s not quite online retail sales, but we’ll take what we can get. With the addition of its Cruise 2014 Collection to its website, Chanel has also quietly added something else: price information for almost all of its handbags. This development follows a total revamp of the site’s design, which already provided much-needed size and season information for the brand’s bags, as well as bigger, clearer photos that allow potential customers (and nosy bloggers like us) to zoom in on details.
Does the title of this post shock you? Does it even mildly surprise you? And if it does, is it because you thought the Chanel Graffiti Backpack, a standout piece from the brand’s Spring 2014 runway collection, would cost more? Since the price of this piece was unearthed over the weekend, I’ve seen a couple of breathless posts from fashion sites about this bag’s extreme price tag, but it just doesn’t seem that extreme to me.
[Editor's Note: While we scale back our post schedule to spend the second half of the holidays with ours friends and loved ones, we're re-publishing some of our most popular posts from past years with new information, additional photos and updated pricing. We originally gave you five reasons to own a Chanel Flap Bag, but now we're back with ten.]
Some people dream for years of owning a Chanel Classic Flap Bag or Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag (and now, a Chanel Boy Bag), some already own multiples of each, and still others think that they're too traditional and played-out.
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.