I never really realized it until now, but I’ve always associated Chloé with bags made of thick, matte leather. That’s more or less been the brand’s modus operandi since the the Chloe Paddington came on the scene back in ’04. Lately, though, a bit of aesthetic change is afoot, and that’s clear with the Chloé Darla Shoulder Bag.

The departure isn’t enormous, for sure, but going glossy is something of a noticeable change in direction. Plus, the last time I picked up a Chloé bag in a department store, I didn’t topple over under its weight, and that was also something of a first. So, change: good or bad? Let’s discuss.

Naturally, there are a few things here that aren’t unfamiliar to fans of the brand: weathered gold hardware, a great neutral color (Chloé makes the best tans and browns in the business) and a shape and feel evocative of a bygone (but not too bygone) era. This is definitely a Chloé bag, but with some particular modifications that we’ll likely see in even more bags going forward.

One of the biggest trends for fall is 60s-era tailored bags, and a glossy finish fits that aesthetic to a T. Since Chloé it known for the vintage-feeling bags, it only makes sense that with a couple slight alterations, their normal look would fit fall’s retro feel perfectly. This bag isn’t my style, but if your look is a little more Jane Birkin than Joy Division (ahem), it might be a perfect fit. Buy through Saks for $1995.

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  • Valentina

    Not really into glossy, not my style either. But the color, the shape, and the details are gorgeous, beautiful bag. It looks incredibly vintage, like ” this-belonged-to-my-mother-and-was-kept-in-a-glass-case” vintage.

  • nicole

    It’s nice but that black handle is throwing me off.

  • Graciella

    It’s a nice bag with that hip 60′s vibe, but the price is too high IMO.

  • Mochababe73

    What a pretty sheen. Of course, anything shiny is right up my alley. Too bad that the handle wasn’t in the same pretty brown. Love the structure. My only fear is that it would get really scratched up.

  • Amy Beth

    It looks pretty heavy to me. If I’m wrong, then I love the bag.

  • raw

    love it without the black handle!

  • Karin bag4bag

    I don’t like the change in color to black on the handle and the square clasp looks very large above the teeny thin strap below it. I like retro but this style and price probably sets their target market to the people that actually had these bags in the 60s.

  • Sofia Nolan

    gorgeous I love it!

  • MAX

    I like the leather hope it doesnt get scratched easily

  • Claire

    I agree with Max, the potential for scratches scares me. It is super pretty though.

  • Jacinta

    I actually adore it – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

  • Alyssa

    Gorgeous! I love the vintage style to it!

  • jc_girl

    chloe goes glossy.. Sure thing!! Why not? Well looks good.. Classic style.. I like this. Goes well with a business look. Awesome!

  • yesimonit

    I have seen this bag in person and its extremely light weight, and even more special up close. I actually like the contrasting handle because its soft and padded- great for wearing on your shoulder! I simply love this new age vintage bag!

  • Alma

    Love this bag! I kind of love the black handle, gives it more of an updated look! Because its so classy and vintage-ish….its a nice compliment.

  • Mhome

    This bag is the best of the best. It’s classy, vintage and super duper light. I’m glad I got one.
    check pictures > http://yesnodecisions.tumblr.com/post/997793354/chloe-photos

  • Ellen

    I think that the attention to detail is amazing on this bag. I love that it is light, has padded shoulders, and feet. I think that is great that it has a shoulder strap and a handle. What I love the most about the bag is the vintage feel. (ipad)

  • Hwey Fang

    It has a different look compared to other Chloe bags. Loved it, bought it.

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