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The Chanel Gabrielle Bag Has Proved to Be The Brand’s Latest in a Long Line of Celebrity Hits

And it's grown on me, too.

When it comes to bags, designs usually don’t grow on me. If something new debuts, whatever I think about it at the beginning tends to be my opinion on it going forward. There are relatively rare exceptions to this dynamic, and the Chanel Gabrielle Bag seems to be among them. When it first debuted, it kind of bored me. It still kind of bores me, but the difference is that I’ve come to appreciate that about it. By the looks of it, celebrities are also coming around.

Much of my own newfound interest in the Gabrielle Bag is the result of seeing people—celebrities, specifically—carrying it, which gives the bag a greater opportunity to pique my interest than it has in flat stock images. That’s true of all bags, but not all of them benefit as much as the Gabrielle does from seeing it in action—some bags are more compelling on the flat page than others, and for me, my interest gap between stock images and styled photos for the Gabrielle is a lot larger than usual.

Chanel clearly understands that any bag will benefit in some way by being spotted as part of an outfit on beautiful, aspirational celebrities, so its styled plenty of its fashion show and party attendees with the bag in the months after its release. Now, though, it’s started to trickle into regular, everyday celebrity wardrobes, and in my mind, those are the most interesting examples of its appeal. Check out all the celebs we’ve spotted with the bag below.

Irene Kim

Stella Maxwell

Nicki Minaj

Leslie Mann

Karidja Toure

Coco Konig

Meghan Markle

Toni Braxton

Monica Bellucci

Arizona Muse

Penelope Cruz

Lara Stone

Lily Collins

Lily Allen

Langley Fox

Katy Perry

Dree Hemingway

Lily Allen

Bai Baihe

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tiffany
tiffany
5 years ago

Love the version Meghan Markle has, but don’t like that the sides seem to soften and lose their structure over time.

Belle
Belle
5 years ago

Meh, still ugly to me. Seems like the kind of thing you should like because everyone’s carrying it and less like something you like because it’s actually pretty or has good design.

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

I like the body of the bag, but the strap is too fussy. I don’t believe in having to think too much on which strap goes where on my body.

Mizantrop
Mizantrop
5 years ago

Absolutely love this bag! Simple yet chic and so comfortable!

Vicky
Vicky
5 years ago

I like this bag. A Lot.

Antonia
Antonia
5 years ago

For some reason it looks best on Penelope Cruz!

Ärla Åström
Ärla Åström
5 years ago
Reply to  Antonia

…And she doesn’t even look like Penelope Cruz!? Is it really her?

Rosa Lily
Rosa Lily
5 years ago

It’s the kind of style that conveys maturity and that you should be taken seriously. Like its versatility such that it looks good whether you are dressed casual or glammed up. Toni Braxton’s size is just laughable.

Ämme Åström
Ämme Åström
5 years ago
Reply to  Rosa Lily

I don’t agree. I like “wallet on chain”-sized bags because they the fact that they are almost weightless but also pretty looking. I am happy that they make small, beautifutiful versions of classic bags so that we that don’t need to carry around a ton (not really great for our backs and shoulders) can look cute and fashionable too and doesn’t have to rely on plastic bags or something…! 🙂

Also, I’ve always found this bag very oddly designed, It looks like it was designed to appeal to young girls (it does not have a “mature” look at all in my opinion – more like the opposite) yet it is not “fresh feeling” enough to really appeal to the young girls either. Grown (40+) women who wears this bag just looks off, like when you grab a piece and wish that it will make you look younger but in reality it does the opposite because it is TOO young. And girls younger than that just looks like they pulled something out from their grandmothers closet that has sat there since granny was 13 that has not aged particulary well.

Tana
Tana
5 years ago
Reply to  Ämme Åström

I find the straps very annoying. Mixed colours and long tangible and heavy. Sizes for hobo bags are either too big and too small for me. However I like the backpack just can’t get on with mixed chains.

Greg Richards Forklift Frieda
Greg Richards Forklift Frieda
5 years ago

The leather of the bag looks cheap looking.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
Megs Mahoney Dusil
5 years ago

I know the leather is super soft, but how it creases in some of these images doesn’t do great things for the bag – that’s for sure.

psny15
psny15
5 years ago

i personally dont like the style of this bag, i wonder how many celebs chanel gave this bag for free to carry

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago

I checked it out last time I was in Chanel. Asked my 18-year-old daughter her opinion: an emphatic “NO!”. I agree.
It’s ugly and boring. I will NOT sling the silly double handle around my torso (images 5 & 19.) Screams “fashion victim”.

You can post 1000 pics of celebs carrying the same bag – I’m not buying. Celeb endorsements put me off to brands and styles.

miChiaroscuro
miChiaroscuro
5 years ago
Reply to  Sparky

Sparky, I feel the same…all these photos of celebs carrying the bag makes me want to say “NO” even more…plus, it’s just not attractive…

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago
Reply to  miChiaroscuro

Celebs are so cheap and trashy

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

I like the body of the bag, but the strap is too fussy. I don’t believe in having to think too much on which strap goes where on my body.

kemilia
kemilia
5 years ago

Still looks like a mall kiosk bag to me.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago

I’ve seen reviews of this bag on YouTube. I saw a woman at Z Gallerie with one. It’s still a no from me. It’s an odd, awkward bag. Because there’s good shopping where I live, I get to try out these styles in stores and boutiques. I have no desire to try this one out.

From the weird straps to the hard bottom to the small opening, I see why some say that it’s not very functional.