It’s almost as if the powers that be at Louis Vuitton sent out a secret, celebrities-only missive instructing all their celeb field operatives to bust out their newest, nicest Louis Vuitton bags if they wanted to remain in the brand’s favor.
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Céline still holds a firm grip on the hearts of celebrities, and they have the bags to prove it. Céline is still much beloved by hordes of less famous bag lovers, of course, but we can’t all bankroll the Luggage Tote collection of our dreams.
I’m only exaggerating a little. There are technically no children in this celeb roundup (wherefore art thou, Kiernan Shipka?), but Hermès is the undisputed favorite this week. Everyone who wasn’t at the Met Ball was apparently on their way home from Morocco following David Beckham’s lavish, three-day 40th birthday celebration last week.
Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour has quietly-yet-deliberately infiltrated the hearts and minds of celebrities over the past year. It’s not that the bag itself is remarkable; it’s really not, which may be part of the appeal. It’s sort of an anti-“it” bag–classically styled and fairly inconspicuous, with minimal branding.
While the brand’s popularity has undoubtedly ebbed since an event that I will refer to as Peak Phantom Luggage Tote, models still have lots of love for their treasured Céline bags. Models across the US were seen carrying Céline bags in droves this week; when they weren’t carrying Saint Laurent, of course.
Here’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, shopping, strolling, and trying not to trip over semi-feral cats in LA, all while carrying a white Victoria Beckham Quincy Tote. Rosie has almost exclusively carried Saint Laurent and Givenchy bags this year, so a Victoria Beckham tote is a bit of a departure for her, brand-wise.
In a lot of ways, air travel is the great equalizer. Only the richest of the ultra-rich fly exclusively private, and for run-of-the-mill famous people, even A-listers, working means boarding a lot of commercial flights. Often those flights either land or originate at Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, where paparazzi are poised every day to document one of the few mundane activities that a star can’t protect or control: checking in, checking her bags and walking to security.
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.
Here’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, arriving at LAX looking as supermodel-perfect as she always does. Like most gorgeous celebs, Rosie spends an absurd amount of time navigating her way through throngs of paps and autograph-seekers in airports all over the world. Her bag du jour is in fact, a dark green Saint Laurent Sac du Jour.