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. When it’s all together, a full look can feel a little too much like an art project, but when you take the accessories out of the show, they feel like they have an entirely new meaning. Ss colorful as they were on the runway, the bags stand out because of their classic nods to the brand’s signature details, but with a fresh touch. I was absolutely smitten with the ombre Chanel Boy Bags and found myself enthralled with the sequin Chanel Classic Flap. There were colors abundant, along with entirely kitschy portfolios and, of course, the highly editorial Chanel Backpack.

The good news is we have tons of photos so you can begin planning what you want from the Chanel Spring 2014 collection, and we’ll update this post with pricing information as soon as we hear back from Chanel. Which is your favorite?

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.

Chanel Beaded Flap Bag Blue Chanel Beaded Flap Bag White Chanel Beaded Classic Flap Bag Pink

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. (more…)

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! You can now shop an assortment of pre-owned and vintage Chanel bags and accessories at ShopBop.

Yesterday news broke that Ms. Upton is reportedly in talks to star (most likely as herself) in the upcoming “Entourage” movie adaptation, which will start shooting next year. If you were wondering, Kate has only a smattering of small acting gigs on her resume, but that’s never stopped a beautiful supermodel from breaking into movie stardom before.

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. Now, far plainer versions of this clutch go for nearly $10K, so there’s no telling how spendy this version would be to the average consumer. Lucky for Jessica, she’s the kind of person who gets loaned things, gratis. (In related news, her husband Justin Timberlake just acquired 600 custom Tom Ford pieces for his upcoming tour. I can’t imagine those were all freebies.)

The theme of that MoMA benefit by the way was “A Tribute To Tilda Swinton,” whose recent contributions to the arts include taking extended naps inside a glass box at MoMA. All jokes aside, I wish we saw Tilda out and about in designer wares at least half as much as we see Jessica Biel, as I greatly enjoy her highly eclectic style. But alas, Tilda tends to keep a comparatively low profile – except, of course, when she’s letting complete strangers watch her get some Zs for the arts.

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.

Sharon’s handbag collection is chock full of black Chanel bags of every variety, but this bag obviously stands out from the crowd. In fact, you could probably fit all of her Hermes Birkins in this one Chanel bag, which makes it seem like a strangely practical choice for an A-lister like Sharon! You can examine the rest of Sharon’s Chanel stash in “The Many Bags of Sharon Osbourne.”

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Jessica Alba was recently spotted at Hollywood’s favorite (and most star-studded) pumpkin patch, Mr. Bones, picking out some premium Halloween decor with her kiddos. Her bag is a Chanel 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag, and perhaps in a nod to the low-key nature of the event, it’s in jersey fabric instead of leather. It seems bizarre that a jersey Chanel bag even exists, but it works quite well with Jessica’s ensemble here. You can shop a small selection of vintage Chanel bags and jewelry, along with some Louis Vuitton, at ShopBop.

Jessica’s also carrying a second bag, but I’m 99% sure it belongs to one of her little girls – it looks like it’s constructed entirely of cockle shells. Strangely enough, this wasn’t Jessica Alba’s only visit to the pumpkin patch this past weekend – there’s an entirely different set of paparazzi pumpkin patch photos making the rounds on the interweb. A-listers demand nothing less than A-list pumpkins, I suppose!

While we were all obsessing over what was coming down the runway in Paris, Chanel’s Fall 2013 bags quietly slipped into a boutique near you. In contrast to the heavily Scottish-accent pre-fall collection, these bags are more streamlined, traditional arrow directly to any Chanel lover’s heart. The bags are almost all variations on the well-loved flap theme, with Chanel’s past (the Reissue 2.55) and present (the super popular Boy Bags) both represented, as well as a few familiar others, like the flap shoulder bag version of the extremely popular Lego Clutch.

The collection also includes a selection of exotic Boy Bags in python and crocodile, as well as the show’s brilliant runway clutches, like the Chanel Globe and That One That Looks Like It Might Be On A Toilet Paper Holder. Below, check out Chanel’s official images of the bags, and if you’re so inclined, head over to Chanel.com for more information and purchase info.

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