When I sat down to compile the photos for this post, I didn’t know that it was going to be about Chanel. As I started looking through our photo agency’s recent archives, though, it became clear that it had to be; no other brand exerts the kind of dominance among high-profile women’s handbag collections that Chanel does.
The world’s most popular handbag brands go to great lengths to make their handbags difficult to get, but thanks to the democratizing forces of the Internet, it’s no longer as hard as it once was. Accessibility to those bags often comes by way of auctions and trunkshows of pre-owned bags, but yesterday, I realized there’s a place where you can shop a fairly large selection all the time: farfetch.com.
Regular, non-seasonal Chanel flap bags in basic black can be hard enough to get your hands on, so when it comes to the one-season-only stuff (or, even worse, limited editions), who knows if you’ll ever be able to get your hands on that one special bag you fell in love with from the brand’s runway photos?
Fashion can be a lot of things, but when it’s at its very best, it’s about fantasy. We all have bags in the backs of our minds that we’d love to see in our closets, and for many of us, those bags are exotics, special orders or hard-to-find pieces from brands whose wares are extremely scarce to begin with.
There ain’t no party like a Chanel party because a Chanel party is full of beautiful people with even more beautiful handbags. As they do every year, Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld descended on the Tribeca Film Festival to host the Chanel Artists Dinner, which celebrates Lagerfeld’s favorite people: actresses and other creatives, mostly (but not always) of the indie variety.
Chanel has some much-discussed plans to venture into in-house online retail, but until September 2016 at the earliest, you’ll still have to get creative if you want to buy Chanel bags and accessories online. That’s why we think you’ll want to jump at the What Goes Around Comes Around vintage Chanel trunkshow currently happening on Moda Operandi; it’s full of pre-owned bags both vintage and recent, in addition to the brand’s iconic costume jewelry and small accessories, all just a click away.
Chanel is a lot of things, but first and foremost for the past few years, it’s been a brand that loves a theme. When one of our editors stopped by the Chanel Fall 2015 preview recently, Chanel’s unparalleled level of commitment to its aesthetic whims was on full display; although the preview was in Chanel’s offices, the space looked fully like a French bistro, just as the Grand Palais in Paris had in March for the brand’s runway show.