Here’s Lea Michele, out and about in NYC with her new boyfriend (who seems quite the gentleman), carrying a lovely leather Givenchy Nightingale Bag. You can find a shiny lambskin version of the Nightingale for $2,040 at Barneys. Lea’s quite a fan of Givenchy bags – we saw her with a Givenchy Mini Pandora Bag last year. (I suspect her Givenchy collection doesn’t end there.)

The Nightingale may not be quite as beloved by celebs as the Antigona is right now, but it’s certainly a style with staying power. (Megs first waxed poetic about the Nightingale way back in 2007!) If you love Givenchy as much as Lea Michele, you should check out our recent profile of all the celebrities who love and carry the Antigona.

It wasn’t that long ago that Givenchy was just another luxury brand in LVMH’s significant stable. A few years ago, though, a streetwear sensibility started to leak into Riccardo Tisci’s gothic leanings and couture mastery, and ever since then, the brand’s signature graphic T-shirts, luxe sneakers and, more than anything, iconic handbags have been on the backs, feet and arms of basically every famous person on the planet. Today, we’re here to investiage the popularity of one piece in particular: the Givenchy Antigona Bag.

Despite being years old, the Antigona seems to be only growing in popularity, with even the most basic colors and materials sometimes hard to find toward the end of the season. In one version or another, its hung from the arms of the most beautiful and talented women in the world in amazing numbers, and we’ve collected several dozen pieces of proof of its popularity below.

Ever since the Givenchy Antigona hit the scene, it hasn’t stopped running. Of all the Givenchy bags, this one has the most staying power and seems to be the most coveted. I have been diligently trying to figure out which Antigona I want, and I wonder if I should keep it simple and go with a neutral, even black.

There’s something so perfect about black and white, and this perfect pair comes together with the classic Givenchy Antigona and some Bionda Castana Pumps. These shoes are from a new designer, and while they have quite a bit going on with the checkered black-and-white satin straps and black knotted leather, I find them alluring. As a pair, these two items are quite an interesting mix, but they’re perfect for sleek outfits and make great go-to accessories for your summer nights out. Buy the bag for $2,435 via Net-A-Porter and the shoes for $915 via Net-A-Porter.


Givenchy Antigona in Black Leather
$2,435 via Net-A-Porter

Givenchy Antigona in Black Leather

Bionda Castana Gabriella Satin and Leather Sandals
$915 via Net-A-Porter

Bionda Castana Gabriella Satin and Leather Sandals

Here’s Kourtney Kardashian, shopping in the Meatpacking District in NYC, wearing a rather casual ensemble that seems a little reminiscent of something one might see in a Kardashian boudoir. (I like the idea of wearing silk shorts in broad daylight conceptually, but I’m not sure it’ll ever catch on.) Her bag is an adorable Givenchy Antigona Mini Bag with red trim, which is currently on sale for $1,596 at SSENSE. (That’s 30% off the regular retail price of $2,200.)

We just saw Kourtney in the Hamptons last week on TalkShoes, wearing a pair of Stuart Weitzman wedges. Kourtney is the sole remaining Kardashian sister who is without her own edition of “Many Bags,” but while you’re waiting for us to whip that one up, you can take a look at the vast wealth of handbags that her sisters Kim, Khloe and Kylie and Kendall lay claim to.

Actress Sophia Bush was recently seen leaving lunch at a restaurant in West Hollywood, carrying a Givenchy Antigona Bambi Tote. Givenchy tends to gravitate towards extremes when it comes to prints. They do abstractions of Disney characters, pretty florals and snarling Rottweilers, and they’re all wildly popular. (Though I must admit, I was curious to see what sort of celeb would carry the Bambi print. Mystery solved.) Sophia’s bag is available for pre-order for $1,145 at Barneys.

For a sampling of Givenchy’s other print offerings, you can check out the Givenchy Antigona Rottweiler Pouch we recently saw in the hands of Rachel Zoe, or this Givenchy Floral Nightingale Bag we saw Amanda Seyfried carrying several months ago. Givenchy fans will also be pleased to know that we just posted a preview of Givenchy’s Fall-Winter 2014 collection earlier this week, and you can take a peek at that here.

If you already love Givenchy, we’ve got some great news for you: Givenchy is as Givenchy as ever for Fall-Winter 2014. (That’s what the brand calls the collection we’d generally just call “fall” – that term is instead applied to Givenchy’s pre-fall wares. Fashion is very complicated.)

As you might have guessed, based on the $36,000 Antigona we found two weeks ago, Givenchy’s upcoming line isn’t short on exotics. In addition to that black bag, there’s also a lovely medium grey version in crocodile, plus a bordeaux croc Obsedia satchel and some of the brand’s other popular shapes in snakeskin and ostrich.

Check out the bags below, and we’ll let you know when more of this collection starts trickling into stores.

Here’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, making air travel look especially glamorous at JFK. She’s carrying a Givenchy Ayers-Trimmed Antigona Bag, one of many Givenchy bags in her collection. Throwing gorgeous supermodels a few freebies has to be a lot cheaper than paying whatever their going modeling rates are these days. It’s one of the more economical ways luxury brands can market their new goods, and it seems to be a strategy they’re relying on pretty heavily as of late. You can find a cobalt blue version of Rosie’s bag for $3,690 at Barneys.

I especially like this version of the Antigona because the snakeskin handles make it look like you’re doing a little Old Testament-style snake handling, AND carrying a Givenchy bag. If that combo doesn’t command respect, then what does? You can see all of Rosie’s luxe acquisitions (some of which we can verify she actually paid for) in “The Many Bags of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley”.

Bag: Givenchy Printed Leather Lucrezia Bag

Price: $2,990 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: One of the things that gives Givenchy’s bags their intense appeal is how the brand manages to find new ways to adorn the traditional shapes each season. While some get florals or pop-culture prints, this one has cartoonishly bold snake-like stripes, except without the delicate, pricey skin itself.

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It seems like all of our favorite bags are getting major upgrades for fall. First the Fendi 2Jours went alligator, and now the Givenchy Antigona Bag has debuted in an ultra-expensive crocodile version, beating the price of the 2Jours by nearly $8,000. If you’re bargain-minded and also fabulously rich, I suppose Givenchy just made your purchase decision for you. (more…)

Here’s model/actress/exquisite dresser Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, heading into a London studio for a shoot, carrying a Givenchy Lucrezia Bag. This Lucrezia looks a little flashier than most because of the chain trim, which is quite the contrast to the white Dolce & Gabbana bag we spotted Rosie carrying at Cannes. You can find Rosie’s exact Givenchy Lucrezia for $2,995 at Neiman Marcus.

Cannes was absolutely overrun with supermodels and fabulous designer handbags this year (and probably every year), and you can see all of our favorites in “The Many Bags of Cannes Film Festival 2014 Attendees”. Rosie also has her very own edition of “The Many Bags of…”, of course, and she’s probably due for a follow-up “Many Bags” sometime in the near future.

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