Most bag lovers’ interest in accessories goes well beyond bags, and that’s especially true when it comes to fans of brands like Chanel, which produces one of the market’s widest arrays of small leather goods to complement (and, at times, replace) its bags.
Chanel collections of late often have some sort of zeitgeist-y theme (like feminism or mass consumer consumption, for example), but just when you expect a designer like Karl Lagerfeld to zig, he zags. For Fall 2016, Chanel’s bags seem to be mostly inspired by the brand itself and the creation of its clothing.
Every season (and usually at least once between each season), Chanel releases a brand new array of products, the scope of which is matched by very few other luxury brands. Not only are there handbags (and you should definitely check out Chanel’s brand new Pre-Collection Fall 2016 handbags), but there are wallets and pouches and coin purses, as well as pieces that fall somewhere in the murky middle between bags and wallets.
When the Chanel Cruise 2017 Cuba collection debuted, I immediately started to hunt for images of the bags. The usual sites we check for photos didn’t have closeups of the accessories, and I wanted to see what Chanel did for this monumental show–the first of its kind for an international brand in Cuba.
Chanel‘s handbag lookbooks are always fun; they usually contain 35 to 45 bags, ranging from casual looks like denim or canvas to eye-popping exotics and pieces that feature heavy beading or embroidery, all of which give Chanel fans a very good idea of the full lines they’ll find in stores.
When Chanel staged it’s Cruise 2017 show in Cuba, up-close shots of the collection’s bags and accessories weren’t readily available. I spent hours on Instagram and scouring other fashion sites to see what I could find and ended up with a good assortment of bags and the scene of the show.
The very wealthy are both just like us mortals and not like us at all. They’re like us in that they want to have cute stuff to take to the pool with their friends or on their next beach vacation, but they are not like us in that their next terrycloth beach set might be from Chanel.