About a year and a half ago, we asked you if still had any interesting the Chloe Paddington Bag. Your responses were mixed, but that hasn’t stopped Chloé from trying to reintroduce The Little It Bag that Could back into the fashion conversation. With the release of several bags alone the lines of the Chloé Pure Paddington Duffle, it seems as though the brand’s efforts to relive the Paddington’s glory days are stronger than ever.

When trying to design a high-end bag, mixing materials can turn into a risky proposition. If too many are used, or the use of the materials has a lack of sophistication, the final product can look patchworked and cheap very, very quickly. Luckily, the Chloé Billie New Small Messenger Bag manages to stay on the right side of the line.

By constructing the main body of the bag out of leather and canvas in shades of tan, Chloé gave this design texture without adding fussiness or confusion.

Shocker of all shockers: Chloe’s Spring 2011 handbags embrace New Minimalism. I’ll give you a moment to recover.

With the exception of the duffel bag above, which also comes in a lovely shade of cement grey and will surely be embraced by celebrities and fashion people alike, the offerings from this collection are a bit underwhelming. Minimalism crosses the line to boredom very quickly in a few of these bags, but thankfully Chloe included two over-beaded evening bags to balance out the simplicity of some of the other styles.

For Chloe the Marcie has been a major hit, which is why there are so many options. From hobos, to satchels, to totes, finished in leather or python in a variety of colors, there is an option for everyone.

Can I start by telling you how much I absolutely positively love Halloween? Actually, it coincides with my love of Autumn. I live for it. One of the many reasons I am beyond thrilled about our move to NYC is because we will get to experience a true fall again. That means leaves turning, temperatures dipping, and winter knocking at the door.

Recently I took issue with some of Chloe’s Fall 2010 runway bags, but the brand has somehow managed to redeem itself in my eyes in one fell swoop. Get on the bandwagon now, because the Chloe Cary Satchel has a ton of it-bag potential.

Because of the distinctive detailing around the bottom zippers, I could see this satchel being turned into lots of other bag shapes – hobos, totes, maybe even a mini crossbody.

If you’ll think back with me to the mid-2000s, to a time when Chloé was releasing Paddingtons with giant bedazzled locks and people were snapping them up left and right, it might seem odd that Chloé Fall 2010 is so…minimalist. Spare, even. But in the past five years, as economic and social conditions have changed across the globe, so have tastes.

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.

I continue to see the Chloe Marcie Bag on both Katie Holmes and Jessica Alba, which prompted another look at the latest hit from Chloe. Every time I see a Chloe bag or even their logo, the initial thought that pops into my mind is the weight of the bag. Anyone who has owned the once coveted Paddington knows that the weight of the bag was a talking point.

For the longest time I associated Chloé with shoulder bags. It took me a while to realize that Chloé also really knows how to make exquisite clutches. Maybe that was a bit close-minded of me. But hey, I’ve realized the error of my way and I now expect all sorts of fabulous bags from Chloé, not just what I was originally accustom to.

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