Chloé

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Chloe Baylee Bag

Beginning in the days of the famous Paddington and Silverado bags, Chloe has carved itself out an interesting little niche in the handbag business. In that time, three different creative heads, all female, have been at the reins of the brand, and they’ve all overseen the creation of bag after bag that fits perfectly into the ideas that so many women have about what they want to carry on a casual day.

Alyson Hannigan carries a beige Chloe Lucy Bag (5)

Here’s a laid-back Alyson Hannigan, enjoying some down time with her husband Alexis Denisof in LA. (Alexis is a popular character actor you may recognize from How I Met Your Mother, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, perhaps?) Her beige bag is the Chloe Lucy Bag, which debuted on Chloe’s Fall 2012 runway.

Julianne Hough carries a Chloe Sally Bag (1)

Here’s actress/ballroom dancer Julianne Hough, exiting a party for Paper Denim & Cloth in LA with her creamy snakeskin Chloe Sally Bag. You can get a similarly snazzy “lizard skin” version of this bag at FarFetch for $2,479.

Chloe Alice Cotton and Leather Shopper

If you played along yesterday with our Net-a-Porter x PurseBlog Ultimate Fashion Hunt riddle and came up with the Chloe Alison Cotton and Leather Shopper as your answer, then congrats! You might be the lucky lady (or gent, I suppose) who gets to call this bag your very own.

Hillary Duff carries a Chloe Marcie Crossbody Bag in Beverly Hills (5)

Is it just me, or is Chloe experiencing something of a mini renaissance these past few weeks? They just reissued the Chloe Paddington in celebration of their 60th anniversary, and their recent runway show boasted some of the best bags of Paris Fashion Week.

Chloe Paddington Bag

I bet I’m not the only one among us who had her introduction to high-end designer bags with the Chloe Paddington. Back in late 2005, I was a college student who had just found the PurseForum, and something about the Paddington (Was it the lock?

Candice Swanepoel carries a beige Chloe Sally Bag at LAX (5)

Here’s Victoria Secret Angel and generalized supermodel Candice Swanepoel, trying to dodge a few overly friendly advances from fans and paparazzos while carrying a beige Chloe Sally Bag at the airport in LA. Nice try, Candice – you can do your best to keep a low profile by wearing designer shades and a beanie, but you’re still a gorgeous super model who people can spot from a mile away.

Chloe Fall 2013 Handbags (8)

Under the guidance of Clare Waight Keller, Chloe has been pretty much impeccable when it comes to retro-modern femininity. Looking for something in peach, blush or ivory, but want it without the saccharine sweetness that often accompanies those shades?

Chloe Faux Leather Tote

I hate fake leather. I know that animal rights activists have a very good reason for preferring it, and I respect people like Stella McCartney, who have pledged not to ever use real leather in their work.

Chloe-Lucy-Bag

I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news: the Chloe Lucy Bag, which everyone adored when we included it in our Chloe runway coverage and our Fall 2012 runway wrap-up, has finally become available online, and its first landing spot is at Matches Fashion.

Chloe Angie Shoulder Bag

Ever since Clare Waight Keller took the top creative spot at Chloe, I’ve been an unrepentant fangirl. Waight Keller has required an incredibly short turnaround time to set the brand back on a chic path that many had felt it lost after the exit of Phoebe Philo several years ago, and the collections, from ready-to-wear to accessories to shoes, have all improved by leaps and bounds in just over a year.

I don’t like to dance on anyone’s grave (sorry, Hannah MacGibbon), but Clare Waight Keller’s second collection as the creative director of Chloe hits it out of the park even harder than the first one did, particularly when it comes to handbags. Looking at the feminine, luxurious, modern leather pieces that Keller’s team conceived for Chloe Fall 2012 makes it nearly impossible to remember the eye-searing catastrophe of MacGibbon’s last collection for the French house only a year ago. Like I said…sorry, Hannah.

The only complaint that I have about this collection is that at times, it feels more like spring than fall, which makes it even harder for me to conceive of waiting six months to get these bags in my hot little hands. From oversized bicolor satchels to smart, trim utility clutches, these pieces are exactly what I want from the Chloe girl. Want to be that Chloe girl? Start saving now. (more…)

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