There are a lot of things I respect about Karl Lagerfeld, but chief among them is his willingness to load down his runway models with handbags and accessories. Those are, after all, the things that make luxury brands the lion’s share of their profits, and with fashion shows now watched by consumers the world over instead of just buyers and editors, it makes perfect sense to make a runway, among other things, a showcase of the stuff that consumers want to buy. Not only did almost all the models from Chanel Spring 2014 carry bags, but most carried more than one.

Often, one of those bags was a graffiti-covered backpack, looking for all the world like it would be right at home hanging on the shoulders of a 19-year-old art student. Indeed, art was the in-your-face theme of the collection, with models walking the runway next to what looked like gallery walls and wearing clothes and bags covered in painterly strokes. Several models even toted oversized Chanel art portfolios, clearly intended to be the Instagram-dominating Chanel Hula Hoop Bag of this collection. If Karl knows anything, it’s who’s watching his fashion shows.

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Here’s Sarah Jessica Parker strolling through the West Village on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the beautiful New York City weather with her adorable twin daughters. SJP’s carrying an extra covetable purple velvet Chanel Boy Bag from the Fall 2012 runway collection. Amanda actually loved this bag so much, she put herself on the wait list for it, but opted out when she saw the bag’s $4K-plus price tag. [Ed. Note: I mean, that's just kind of a lot for velvet, right? -AM] This bag is no longer available, but you can shop a selection of vintage Chanel bags via ShopBop.

It’s a bit of a shock to the system to see someone trotting out the velvet this early in the year – I love velvet, but I’m still having a hard time processing that it’s fall and not summer. I’ve only just rotated my long-sleeve shirts and light sweaters from the back of the closet, even though it’s really still too warm for them. A velvet Chanel bag is like a smack in the face. My autumn wardrobe is not prepared, you guys! If you’d like to check out SJP’s many, many non-velvet bags, we’ve got you covered, right this way.

What can we say about Miley Cyrus that hasn’t already been said? This girl has been sized up and down from every possible political/social/cultural angle in the last two weeks, but at least she can keep smiling, I guess? (She clearly hasn’t read all those Slate articles about her yet.) Here’s Miley leaving a hotel in London and mugging for the smartphone cams with a few fans. She’s carrying a fun Chanel Logo Flap Bag and wearing a Chanel belt that we’re guessing is a vintage piece from the 80s heyday of giant, gold Chanel logo chains. You can shop pre-owned and vintage Chanel at Portero.

In the past, I’ve accused Miley of ripping off Rihanna’s style, but with these latest twerking escapades, I feel like she’s also doing her best Madonna impersonation. It’s as if Rihanna and 1980s Madonna had a baby, and that baby insisted on only wearing Chanel and Saint Laurent, and twerking her way around the world until the image of her twerking was scalded into everyone’s retinas.

Last week, one of our contributors tipped me off to some bags generating quite a bit of buzz on our Forum – the Chanel Diamond Bags, new for Fall 2013. Members in the Chanel section have traded nearly eight pages of information, photos and opinions on the bags, and we’ve got all the images and information you could want to make one of these little darlings your next acquisition.

Although the Chanel Diamond Bags (referred to as such because of the angled border around the iconic CC logo on the bags’ front panel) are making their official debut right now, the design heavily references several boxy designs from Chanel’s accessories heyday in the 1980s. The bag comes in three sizes – the Small Camera Case ($2,800), Camera Case ($4,000) and Flap Bag (price unknown at this time). The Small Camera Case is a mini crossbody style, the Camera Case is on two shorter chains and the Flap Bag can be worn both ways. The bags are lambskin inside and out, which makes for a pretty luxurious everyday bag. All three sizes comes in a variety of neutrals, including black and beige.

Below, we have both Chanel’s official images of the bag and some of our own, taken from our exclusive look at Chanel’s Fall 2013 bags. Check out the full photo shoot here.

Jennifer Aniston is a lady of significant means, as we all know. Her handbag collection contains every Tom Ford bag you could ever want, but the overarching theme of her collection is unquestionably black. Jen is rarely seen without a black leather designer bag, and her Tom Ford bags, while amazing, are by far the boldest bags in her collection. Here’s Jen making her way through LAX with a Chanel Flap Bag As you can tell, it’s black and fairly nondescript, so that’s about par for the course, as evidenced by “The Many Bags of Jennifer Aniston.”

Even Jen’s evening bag choices are mostly black. For a woman renowned for her classic style, I suppose this is appropriate, if a tad one-note. When she’s not rocking black, she turns to other tried-and-true neutrals, such as…brown. I don’t mean to be too disparaging of Jen’s taste in bags – individually, they’re all exquisite picks. You’d be happy to have any of Jen’s Salvatore Ferragamos or Bottega Venetas, but would you want them all? Does one need such to amass $3,000 black bags in such quantity?

Miley Cyrus continues to express her undying love for leather attire and Chanel bags…and her fiance, I guess. Here she is attending the Paranoia movie premiere with a chic, black and white Chanel Boy Bag on one arm, and Liam Hemsworth on the other. (Yes, they’re still a thing!) Miley’s been repping for Chanel almost exclusively this summer (in the bag department, at least). We spotted her with her Chanel backpack just a few weeks ago in NYC, and at a separate event in LA. She’s been a fan of Chanel since her Hannah Montana days, and we’ve got plenty of proof in “The Many Bags of Miley Cyrus.”

Miley also went on a little shopping spree circa mid-July at Chanel’s London store that garnered a fair amount of media attention. But if you’re a 20 year old zillionaire, I’m pretty sure it’s your MO in life to clean out a Chanel boutique on any given day of the week. Otherwise, what are you doing, really? Besides churning out the occasional summer pop music anthem?

Here’s Kristin Cavallari carrying her baby Camden and a Chanel Grand Shopping Tote (or the Chanel GST, for Chanel fans in the know) while heading to lunch in LA. This classic Chanel bag has been around forever – I just assume everyone who was ever on The Hills has one in their collection, as they were a fairly Chanel-obsessed bunch. They probably would’ve never guessed back in 2006 that they’d one day be stuffing their Chanel bags with diapers and little Tupperware containers of Cheerios.

On a related note, I wonder if celeb moms will ever lose the leather jackets and embrace the baby sling. Sure, it obscures a good half of your outfit, but then your baby isn’t made anxious by paparazzi advances and other stimuli that come along with being attached to a someone of a certain amount of noteriety. (That’s pretty much everything, right?) I have yet to see a single celeb mama go whole hog and just wear their baby. It’s possible that Chanel or Louis Vuitton will have to make a line of luxury baby slings before that ever happens.

I feel as though I say this all the time, but it’s really impressive how many distinct handbags Chanel manages to turn out in a year. The brand does collections, pre-collections, cruise, Metiers d’Art – every time you look up, there’s a new Chanel collection coming. Before we get to full-blown fall (and to tide you over after Metiers d’Art 2013), we present Chanel Pre-Collection Fall 2013, which popped up online late last week, along with a new look for the Chanel website. (more…)

Here’s Miley Cyrus on her way to a photo shoot in NYC, sporting a pretty typical Miley get-up and carrying a well-loved black Chanel Quilted Backpack. Her dedication to leather-on-leather is admirable here, mainly because it is fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk HOT in NYC this week. Car service does have its advantages, I suppose. If she had to walk more than 2 blocks in this outfit, Miley would more than likely burst into flames. (But that could happen for a variety of reasons, really!)

It wasn’t at all intentional, but somehow it’s become “Designer Backpackpalooza” on PurseBlog this week. We’re suddenly seeing them everywhere, and they’re not going away any time soon. I wonder if designer backpacks are a reaction to the recent mini-everything craze, or if this is something designers already had in the pipeline for music festival season. Or perhaps these two vastly different bag trends were always destined to coexist in the summer of 2013?

One of the most stand-out collections in recent memory from Chanel is its Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Collection. The Scottish theme took center stage in everything from the clothing to bags. This collection is a personal favorite, with tweeds, plaids and metals showing through in classic Chanel fashion.

We just couldn’t get enough of the collection, and while we’ve covered it before, we decided to take another look at some of our favorite bags. And really, what’s better than stacks of Chanel against a sleek background? Which is your favorite? (more…)

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