I spent much of yesterday looking through archival photos of Gigi Hadid, and I came away with several conclusions, of which this is the most important: it's not fair that anyone gets to look like Gigi Hadid. Or maybe it's unfair that only one person gets to look like her, thus reminding all the rest of us that we don't. Either way, my crush is enormous.
My second conclusion was that even though Gigi isn't a handbag hound in the Hilary Duff or Reese Witherspoon tradition, her collection makes for an interesting look because it's so varied. Even though she's become incredibly famous, she's still fairly likely to be found carrying a relatively affordable contemporary design or something from a smaller brand. Check it all out for yourself below.
Botkier Lafayette Satchel
$405 via Shoptiques
Let's kick things off with a kitten.
Bulgari Serpenti Crossbody Bag
I wish Bulgari bags were more popular among celebrities; they're beautiful and I'd love to see them more frequently.
Céline Nano Luggage Tote
Gigi tends to stay away from the handful of It Bags we see on every other starlet of her generation, but she did carry this Luggage Tote once, at the very beginning of her fame.
Chanel Boy Brick Clutch
And of course, when one attends a Chanel party, one carries Chanel. That's just how it's done.
Chanel WOC Bag
Despite being a fixture of the Chanel runway for several seasons, Gigi doesn't carry as much Chanel in everyday life as some of Karl's favorites do.
Diane von Furstenberg 440 Envelope Clutch
$174 via Shopbop
This was Gigi's look for the 2015 Met Gala; she was one of the models who escorted DVF on the red carpet.
Diane von Furstenberg Secret Agent Bag
$398 via Saks
She pulls off pattern-mixing like a pro here.
Elizabeth and James Scott Duffel
$545 via The Dreslyn
Gigi carried this bag more regularly than she carries most of the stuff in her closet--she's a frequent switcher.
Emm Kuo Majorelle Clutch
$350 via Emm Kuo
She has recently taken to wearing things emblazoned with her name; no customized clutches yet, but we're keeping an eye out.
Fendi DotCom Bag
$2,900 via Bergdorf Goodman
It's possible we missed someone, but as far as we know, Gigi was the first celeb Karl Lagerfeld bestowed his newest Fendi creation upon.
Giuseppe Zanotti Oval Clutch
$517 via Vestiaire Collective
Gigi tends to be in the no-clutches-on-the-carpet camp, so we're always delighted to see her with one.
We took immediate note of this Birkin and the blue one below when Gigi carried them on back-to-back days, and we haven't seen either in her hands since. Personally, I think that bolsters my theory they were borrowed from mom Yolanda.
This is the second Birkin in question.
Karl Lagerfeld Patch Duffel
Shop via Net-a-Porter
In addition to Fendi bags, Karl also makes it rain on Gigi from his own line.
Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag
$750 via Barneys
If you've had trouble getting your hands on one of these, maybe Gigi snatched yours up.
Marc Jacobs Incognito Bag
$1,984 via mytheresa.com
I always liked the incognito, but it was one of the casualties of Jacobs' ongoing brand realignment.
Max Mara Whitney Bag
$1,450 via farfetch.com
True to its name, this bag was designed to commemorate the new Whitney Museum in NYC.
Michael Kors Casey Tote
$1,195 via Nordstrom
Gigi makes perfect sense as a Michael Kors girl--she's tall, blonde and athletic-looking, like she was made to lie on the beach in the Hamptons all summer.
Prada Galleria Tote
$2,350 via Bergdorf Goodman
Gigi doesn't often lean toward the ultra-girly, but bubblegum looks nice on her.
Proenza Schouler PS1 Suede Bag
$2,150 via Proenza Schouler
This shade of blue and a little white dress are just about perfect for each other.
Proenza Schouler Tiny Perforated PS1 Bag
$1,595 via Proenza Schouler
That giant ponytail isn't all Gigi's; it was installed by Balmain for one of its shows.
Rag and Bone Circle Crossbody Bag
Shop Rag and Bone via Shopbop
If you're interested in trends that will probably stay below the level of ubiquity of, say, saddle bags, circle bags are a great way to go.
Rebecca Minkoff Paris Top Handle Bag
$295 via Shopbop
I've never really understood why the Paris didn't reach bigger popularity--it's a very polished little bag at a good price.
Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag
$2,690 via Saks
For the first part of her career, Gigi stayed mainly with contemporary brands, but she's moved on to premier designers as of late.
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag
$2,790 via Saks
Like many supermodels, Gigi does seem to have more than a passing interest in Saint Laurent.
This is the only bag from Gigi's stash we couldn't identify--help us in the comments!
Tom Ford Natalia Shoulder Bag
$2,490 via mytheresa.com
Carrying Tom Ford to the gym is a flex.
Tom Ford Tassel Bag
$1,990 via Neiman Marcus
Gigi might have been the first star to have this bag, too; I remember having no idea who made it when I first saw this months-old photo.
Tory Burch Envelope Clutch
Shop via Tory Burch
The bag is cute but the coat (also Tory Burch) is extremely cool.
Versace Medusa Backpack
$2,812 via farfetch.com
A young, leggy blonde in Versace: just the way Donatella likes it.