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.

Perfume bottle-inspired clutches have been a cute novelty item from brands including Lanvin and Charlotte Olympia over the past season or so, but no other brand on the planet besides Chanel can boast a product roster that includes both the world’s most iconic fragrance and one of the world’s most iconic handbags. Even though Karl Lagerfeld & Co. weren’t the first creative team to come up with this concept, it’s without doubt the apotheosis of the mini-trend. Rarely do I proclaim that a bag has been done as well as it possibly could be done, but I’m pretty sure that’s what we have here.

Cruise collections won’t be available for about six months, but for now, enjoy the photos of both versions of this little bag right along with me.

Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Clutch Black

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. Like with so many things, though, the Internet has reordered the universe and brought us Portero, a site that allows you to confidently buy authentic, pre-owned Chanel bags, jewelry and accessories online, often at a huge discount from full retail. Somehow, it’s not too good to be true. (more…)

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. This bag, surprisingly, looks a lot less gimmicky and cartoonish in all-black, though it seems to lose some of its hoop-like integrity when weighed down with a modest amount of personal belongings. These bags are currently nowhere to be found, but you can shop an authentic selection of vintage and pre-owned Chanel at Portero.

Truth be told, I’m highly surprised Kris Jenner hasn’t been spotted accidentally hooping innocent by-standers with the full size version of this bag on either coast. She loves black and white, she loves high-end bags, and she loves making headlines. (And I definitely saw her eyeing one on the last season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.) Could you see yourself carrying this kooky version of Chanel’s signature Flap Bag?

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. (more…)

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. (We’re on to you Mindy. Just kidding, we love you, and we know you have scruples.) You can shop a large selection of authentic vintage and pre-owned Chanel at Portero.

Did you catch the season finale of The Mindy Project? In case you tuned in for the excellent season opener and then tuned out after the few lackluster episodes that followed, the show definitely picked up steam midseason. With a few tweaks and a rotating cast of adorable guest stars, it instantly became one of my favorite shows on TV. I highly suggest you Hulu it and catch up this summer, since it’s totally been renewed for a second season! Huzzah!

Mindy Kaling carries a black Chanel Classic Flap Bag in New York City (1)

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.

Alexa’s Chanel Mini is a particular favorite of hers – to tour the rest of her bag stash, check out “The Many Bags of Alexa Chung”! How do you feel about color-mixing your customized designer pieces, PB readers?

Alexa Chung carries a Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag (1) Alexa Chung carries a Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag (2) Alexa Chung carries a Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag (3) Alexa Chung carries a Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag (4)

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. At the company’s annual dinner to fete the Tribeca Film Festival last week, all the girls showed up carrying (you guessed it) a nearly endless amount of Chanel handbag eye candy. (more…)

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. On her person, she has the all-black crossbody Chanel Boy Bag, an all-white Rochas Leti Tote and a third black-and-white mystery bag. (Anyone care to ID?) Chanel bags are of course available at Chanel boutiques and high-end department stores, and you can shop Rochas at Net-a-Porter.

I don’t know where Sarah Jessica Parker’s headed, but I hope it’s somewhere fabulous, and I sincerely hope she’ll be in residence there for at least three months – she’s certainly packed enough. I’ve made cross-country moves with less stuff. Bon voyage, SJP, and Godspeed!

Sarah Jessica Parker carries bags from Chanel and Rochas, plus Louis Vuitton luggage, at the airport in NYC (1) Sarah Jessica Parker carries bags from Chanel and Rochas, plus Louis Vuitton luggage, at the airport in NYC (2) Sarah Jessica Parker carries bags from Chanel and Rochas, plus Louis Vuitton luggage, at the airport in NYC (3) Sarah Jessica Parker carries bags from Chanel and Rochas, plus Louis Vuitton luggage, at the airport in NYC (4)

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. The Boy Bags have been revisited with rock-and-roll chain detailing, while globe details can be seen on many of the other designs. Chanel is a worldwide brand that appeals to all in one way or another, and this collection is no different. With Chanel, what you see is what you get, and I can tell you that I like it, a lot, and I’ve got my sights set on quite a few of the items. What about you?

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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. You can check out the rest of Chanel’s Spring 2013 bags here. If you’re curious about the make and the price, this compact little bag is made of plexiglass, and retails for $9,900. If you can find one, that is – they’re pretty scarce.

While you can’t deny this bag’s bold, statement-making potential, can that ever really justify that rather exorbitant price tag? It is just a clutch purse with a strap, after all – and let me reiterate – it’s made of plexiglass.

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