Here’s newlywed Kate Bosworth with her fresh new hubs, movie director Michael Polish, returning to Los Angeles from their Montana wedding over the weekend. (Kate’s outfit totally says “Montanta chic”…if there is such a thing. Montanans? Fill us in.) Kate’s carrying a Chloe Baylee Bag, the latest design from Chloe to catch the attention of a myriad of celebrities. You can pick up a Baylee in black and blue for $2,050 at Nordstrom.
Chloe Handbags and Purses
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.
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. I think it’s cute how she paired this bag with almost color-matching espadrilles.
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. If you’re looking for a more basic Sally (or you’re wary of “lizard skin”), you can buy a white textured leather version of the Sally for $1015 at Net-a-Porter.
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. The winner is being contacted and we’ll publicly reveal the winners of all three bags at the end of the contest, but first, we want to talk a little bit about why this is one of the bags that we chose to give away with our friends at Net-a-Porter.
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. Celebs suddenly seem to be digging their Chloe bags out of the back of their closets.
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? The handle attachments? Who knows.) sucked me straight in, just as it had sucked in so many others before me.
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.
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? Go directly to Chloe, do not pass go, do not collect $200. For Fall 2013, though, Waight Keller had something slightly tougher in mind, but her vision was no less-spot on.
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. Taking an ethical stand instead of a financial one is something that few people have the nerve to do. I won’t be buying those bags, and I’ll question their astronomical price points, but it doesn’t bother me in the least that they exist.