This summer we saw unassuming new handbag styles from Tod’s and MCM turn into bonafide hits. A certain Versace style also finally took off, and the ongoing Gucci renaissance ensured that we saw almost as many Guccis on A-lister arms as we saw Givenchys.
[Editor’s Note: Hello! This week is our annual PurseBlog Summer Break, where our team take a couple days to rest up before the season ends and fall kicks into high gear. We’ll be running an abbreviated post schedule this week, which will feature both brand new articles and a couple fan favorites from our archives.
Even though it seems like handbags get more and more expensive every season, there’s at least a bit of evidence that prices are leveling out at some levels of the market. Rare Hermès Birkins may be selling for ever-higher prices, but the most expensive bags from brands like Fendi, Givenchy and The Row seem to have cooled down.
Fall is fast approaching, and perhaps for that very reason, celebs are getting a little adventurous with their handbag choices. This roundup is pretty evenly split between classic black leather bags from Fendi, Chanel and The Row that could survive any season, as well as bling-tastic selections from Miu Miu, Bulgari and others that are very now.
Last week, Real Housewives lunched together, up-and-coming supermodels dined together, Eva Longoria packed a Birkin and got out of Dodge, and several of our most glamorous celebs promoted their multiple movies or TV shows. (Because they can never have just one.) Collective celeb handbag preferences continue to branch out in both Gucci‘s and Christian Louboutin‘s directions, while still staying true to Givenchy, Saint Laurent, The Row, and of course, Hermès and Chanel.
This seems like an especially flashy celeb handbag roundup, mostly because so many people carried multi-thousand dollar handbags to LAX, PCW, or various international summer soirees. And, of course, several of them did so while on the arms of their significant others or spouses, who all happen to have multi-million dollar net worths.
Are you feeling upbeat and whimsical for reasons you can’t explain? It’s probably because, unbeknownst to you (or maybe very beknownst), Blake Lively has begun another movie promo tour. As you may remember, the press tour for Blake’s last film, Age of Adaline, was a rapturous fashion affair.
The gods have heard my cries and celebs have suddenly changed their lifestyle handbag-carrying habits accordingly. The endless sea of Chanel and Hermès bags has suddenly (almost) run dry (can’t speak for next week, though), and celebs are finally choosing to dine somewhere other than the same two West Hollywood eateries!
There were a barrage of Cruise and Resort runway shows over the holiday weekend, and many of our celeb handbag round-up usuals made their way to Rio for Louis Vuitton‘s. Not everyone headed to the runway shows, of course; some celebs stayed in town, shopped at their favorite stores and loafed around their usual haunts, just like I did.
Celebs can cycle through designer handbags at a break-neck speed, so when certain celebs keep carrying the same bags for weeks or even months, we notice. Case in point: Chrissy Teigen is currently only carrying The Row Classic 5 Tote, though she mixes it up by carrying the same style in a variety of sizes and colorways.
Cannes is still happening (more on that soon), but most of the celebs whose handbag choices we’re looking at today have choses to keep their very famous feet solidly on US shores. Of course, some of them have young babies at home, or very important lunch dates to keep, or they just now live in fear of fielding questions about whether or not they are indeed Becky With The Good Hair.