The Many Bags of Supermodels

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

Models and great handbags go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of our all-time favorite collection profiles have come at the hands of supers like Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio, and if there were a photo agency dedicated purely to documenting their daily outfits, we’d gladly delve into the handbag closets of even more models. Because there isn’t, though, we’ve decided to put together all that we could find from five of our favorite supers whose collections we’ve yet to dissect: Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

The results include over 50 gorgeous designer bag, including some super rare exotics (mostly courtesy of Ms. Upton, who seems to have used entire paychecks to buy things even most handbag lovers can barely dream of). The level to which these ladies are both genetically and sartorially blessed may cause a little bit of envy, but once you get past that, there’s certainly a lot of pretty going on below.

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  • Keiah

    Love Kate Upton’s style!

  • Guest

    Chrissy Teigen’s bags are gorgeous. But do you think that any of these women actually pay for their bags? I’m sure they are given many, if not most, of them.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Many celebs are gifted, but I am wondering about the exotics Kate Upton has… I don’t know that the crocodile Celine bag would be a gift

      • Abbi

        but didnt she receive it soon after her vogue cover? maybe it was a gift from vogue?

      • Joys

        What? When models pose for magazines they receive gifts of them?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      For most celebs, models included, it’s a mix. Usually the really, really good stuff in any star’s collection is stuff they bought, because that’s not what brands give away to anyone. Like Megs mentioned, I doubt that Kate Upton’s croc bags were gifts because those just aren’t the type of things that Celine and Chanel give away.

      As for Chrissy, she’s not as famous for fashion modeling as she is for swimsuit, which doesn’t bring out the big-name gifting that would be required to amass the collection she has for free. She shops!

    • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ Katrina

      For Chrissy, I’m pretty sure she buys most if not all her bags. Not only is she not high fashion enough to be gifted these bags, she also hilariously documents some of her shopping on Instagram and Twitter. I remember her posting about that Fendi clutch.

  • Stephanie

    I’m obsessed with Chrissy Teigen’s handbags

  • Regina George

    That first picture with Karlie Kloss looks like Taylor Swift after a grueling meth addiction

    • Regina George

      On a side note, someone at PB has a serious girl crush on KK

      • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

        It’s true, Vlad and I love her. She’s always really nice when Vlad photographs her and they chat it up

  • rigidmink

    I’m 95% sure that the photo of Kate Upton with the Tom Ford bag is not Kate Upton.

    • fashionista1

      No, it is

      • Guest

        No, it’s Elisha Cuthbert.

  • Wu

    Where is Cara Delevingne? I thought she would be featured in this series as she is super famous and popular. She head-lines for many of the luxury brands so she should definitely be featured.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Yes! We will do a feature on her bags soon :)

      • lauren

        can’t wait, she’s my favorite!

  • shueaddict

    Karlie Kloss seems to carry mostly what she’s been given ( Coach, Jason Wu and MK). Beauty and brains – her savings account is the only thing getting fat around her.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Yep, I noticed that too – those are mostly gifted bags I’m sure

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  • Sarah

    Not a fan of Kate’s style, but I LOVE Chrissy Teigens style and bags! Drool.

  • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    I have nothing against these women, I particularly love Chrissy, but I hardly think they qualify as supermodels in the Cindy/Naomi/Gisele way? Karlie, maybe. But Kate and everyone else, for sure, no.

    • Layla

      How is Adriana Lima not a supermodel

  • rach

    I’ve seen kate upton with a beige snakeskin chanel flap, it doesn’t seem to be here. its tdf!

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    A great bag can upgrade your whole outfit. My clothes range from expensive to not expensive at all – but the Chanel or Hermes bag can take the J. Crew dress to a completely different level.

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  • stylebyolivia

    Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen both have a really great fashion style but no one ever notices it or talks about it. I think they should be recognised more for there amazing style!! So great post Amanda!! cant wait to see more.

  • Intan f

    Wow i just love that fendi 3jours kate upton was carrying! Love!!

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