I never really realized it until now, but I’ve always associated ChloÃ© 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 ChloÃ© 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 ChloÃ© 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 (ChloÃ© 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 ChloÃ© 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 ChloÃ© 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.