We included a look at this clutch within last week’s examination of the beautiful bags of Chanel Cruise 2014, but we couldn’t bear to let this little beauty – the Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Clutch – sit in obscurity within that gallery of images any longer. No, no – a piece this fun needs its closeup, even if it was already a standout in a collection full of great pieces.

Knowing that certain things never go on sale is one of the realities that most bag lovers face every day, but it doesn’t have to be. For so long, we’ve told ourselves that we have to buy designers like Chanel at full price, because the brand doesn’t put bags and jewelry on sale and buying secondhand can be risky – those were just the rules of the game.

When Chanel trotted the full-size Chanel Hula Hoop Flap Bag on the runways for Chanel Spring 2013, they insisted this showpiece wouldn’t be available for purchase. But after an unexpectedly warm reception to the idea, they made a few anyways, along with a more wearable, wranglable mini version. The bag you see here is a chic black mini version of the Chanel Hula Hoop Flap Bag, on the arm of Kris Jenner in NYC.

As much as fashion brands love to make a spectacle of themselves, no one does it quite as well (or as thoroughly, or as regularly) as Chanel. When Karl Lagerfeld decides on a theme, he goes for it whole-heartedly. For Chanel Cruise 2014, though, his theme seemed simply to be “Chanel.” The show, held in Singapore, bore occasional details that referenced the Asian location – a few cricket bats, tweeds developed to be comfortable in hot climates – but the things that popped most were the Chanel classics, especially when it came to the beautiful handbags.

Here’s Mindy Kaling, doing some serious shopping in NYC with her Chanel Classic Flap Bag. I’ve spotted Mindy with a few different Chanel bags on The Mindy Project this season, including this very bag and a cute little yellow Chanel Mini Flap. I suppose this one is from her personal stash – or she just “borrowed it” from the set, Lindsay Lohan-style.

Here’s Alexa Chung once again, prowling the streets of Manhattan with an adorable black Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and a customized Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag. We just spotted Alexa last week towing her Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around NYC. Interestingly enough, her Pegase is customized with completely different colors than her Keepall. You can get your own customized Mon Monogram Keepall for $1,650 from Louis Vuitton.

When Chanel throws a party, you know it’s a Chanel party. The French brand plans an event like Gwyneth Paltrow plans a gluten-free, meat-free, nightshade-free (yes, that’s a thing) menu: with precision and brand-awareness the likes of which most companies can only imagine. And everyone who comes to a Chanel party, of course, is totally on-message; after all, the red carpet-worthy attendees are generally that special type of It Girl who’s been endorsed by Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Photos like this make me think it must be particularly trying to be SJP sometimes. You’ll notice, as you peruse through the pictures that Sarah Jessica Parker has not only weighed herself down with three different designer bags, she’s so encumbered that her hapless assistant is pushing a giant cart piled high with her entire collection of Louis Vuitton Monogram Luggage through JFK airport, and each piece is clearly stuffed to the brim.

Any day that involves Chanel is a good great day. Last week we brought you an exclusive preview of Chanel Fall 2013 Act 1 bags, and this week we are following up with the rest of the accessories and shoes that caught our eyes.

With the theme of the world (literally), this collection offers a classic take with a twist on some of the most coveted Chanel bags.

Diane Kruger has been hot on the press circuit this week in NYC, drumming up a little publicity for her new movie The Host. (Yes, Stephenie Meyer’s new aliens-not-vampires movie.) You’ll notice she’s carrying a hot red Chanel Lego Clutch. Diane is a special pet of Karl Lagerfeld’s, so it’s no surprise that she’s one of the first celebs to be spotted with this intriguing new design, which made its debut in Chanel’s Spring 2013 line.

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