From the moment it made its debut in Paris six months ago, I’ve been an ardent fan of Chanel Fall 2012. From the raw gemstones and rich velvet to the Boy Chanel bags to the preponderance of purple (a color to which I personally love), it was is Karl Lagerfeld had chosen to speak directly to me. I hear you, Karl!
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If you’ve spent any appreciable amount of time consuming celebrity gossip (or if you’ve been unlucky enough to encounter a roving band of paparazzi in person), you know that the people who make a living by taking pictures of movie stars taking out their trash aren’t art photographers by any stretch of the imagination. The idea is to make sure that the celebrity and what they’re doing is clear, not to make it beautiful.
We’ve given tons and tons of love to Boy Chanel Bags, and each and every positive word is well deserved. I wasn’t sure upon first look if I was a fan of the more subdued and casual bags, but after some time to ponder the design, I was hooked. It seems as though I’m not alone. In fact, Chanel has found a way to make the Boy Bags an integral part of its accessory offering.
I feel fairly confident saying that Chanel releases more distinct accessories collection every year than any other major designer in the world. Not only does Chanel do cruise, spring, pre-fall and fall, but it also does pre-collections for both fall and spring, bringing the total number of seasonal bag deliveries to six when four is the norm. There’s always a little more Chanel in the pipeline, which is a beautiful thing.
Summer is slow in the fashion world anyway, and a summer week that’s shortened by a random Wednesday holiday? Even slower. Luckily, our friends at Chanel shared some great pictures with us to make Monday slide by at a bit less of a glacial pace – the Chanel Cruise 2013 Handbag and Jewelry Collections. Two weeks ago, we gave you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the collection’s pieces in the Chanel showroom, and now we have the whole thing, in all of its deliciously French glory, straight from Chanel.
Back in May, the Chanel Cruise 2013 collection was shown at the magical Château de Versailles, where designer Karl Lagerfeld brought us feelings of eighteenth century opulence. The show itself was exactly the kind of visual magic that Chanel runway shows are known for, with the long line up of models overtaking the gardens of Versailles.
The collection has now made its way to the Chanel showroom in New York, and earlier this week, Vlad and I were able to take a close look at the clothing and accessories.
There are so few things in fashion that have the kind of iconic status that a Chanel bag has. Even people who profess no knowledge of the industry can identify one on sight, and they’re a near-universal symbol of sophistication and eternal style. They’re also some of the most highly sought-after and expensive bags in the game, and if you haven’t been on the hunt for one lately, you might be surprised at how hard they are to find in the size, color, leather and hardware of your choosing.
With every collection that Chanel releases, the brand also releases a capsule collection of what it calls Outstanding Pieces. As you know if you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, the pieces are exactly what they sound like – special or exotic in some way that sets them apart from the rest of the collection, both in aesthetic and price. The best example of the separation is Spring 2012′s pearl-dotted sea shell clutches, which cost an eye-popping $48,000 apiece.
Ever since the Chanel Paris-Bombay Metiers d’Art 2012 collection debuted on the runway nearly six months ago, I’ve been waiting impatiently for its bags and accessories to become available to the public. The Indian-inspired line boasts some of the most detailed Chanel handbags in recent memory, along with lots of great leather pieces that can be used in virtually any season.
Sometimes I spend hours getting lost on the PurseForum. We started the forum in 2005 to have a community where handbag lovers around the world could share everything and anything bag-related. Over the past seven years, the forum has transformed into much more, but I still find myself drawn to reveal threads to see what other members are buying.
A reveal thread recently posted in the Chanel forum immediately stopped me in my tracks.