Once upon a time, Coachella was not an annual event that people mostly associated with recognizable celebrities adorned in suede fringe frolicking about in the desert. It is a music festival, after all, and it used to just be about indie bands, and not Steely Dan and The Black Eyed Peas. (I'm not joking, both of those bands actually headlined this year.) In a much different Internet era, the idea talking about the handbags of Coachella would've seemed laughable (and it would've completely obliterated your indie cred). But, fortunately for bag lovers everywhere, that's not the world we live in today, and this is not a music blog.
Chanel Mini Messenger Bag
Alessandra Ambrosio might as well have been built in a lab for the express purpose of looking good at Coachella, because she always looks like the queen of the entire thing. Her Chanel mini looks pretty adorable with the rest of her outfit, and it really reminds me of the bags from Chanel's Texas-inspired Metiers d'Arts 2014 collection.
Erin Dana Mini Bond Street Backpack
$198 via Shopbop
Here's actress Ashley Greene, navigating her way through Coachella after dark with a blue mini backpack from NY designer Erin Dana.
Givenchy Mini Pandora Bag
$1,150 via Saks
Multiple photo agencies have identified this girl as Ashley Madekwe, but it seems like it's not actually her. However, the bag and ridiculous outfit are worth a look. Also, did she tell a bunch of photographers she was Ashley, or did the photographers make a bad assumption? The world may never know.
Céline Trio Bag
Yes, this is Fergie, wearing a Coachella-appropriate pair of steampunk sunglasses and carrying a Céline Trio. The Black Eyed Peas actually "reunited" at Coachella this year. I'm not sure the term "reunion" was warranted, but fair enough.
Elizabeth and James Cynnie Sling Bag
$545 via Shopbop
You'll just have to take our word for it that this is Gigi Hadid, making out with her fringe-cloaked boyfriend Cody Simpson. At least we can tell you with 100% certainty that Gigi's bag is an Elizabeth and James.
Etienne Aigner Copper Crossbody Bag
This, however, is definitely Gigi, who assumed festival fringe-duty on this given day. And yes, that is an Etienne Aigner bag. Etienne Aigner is trying to cash in on what remains of its cred with some pretty nice handbags that retail for around $300.
Coach Dakota Rivets 14 Mini Bag
$350 via Coach
Speaking of handbags that retail for around $300, here's Kate Bosworth carrying a sweet little Coach mini, and having a sweet Coachella moment with her husband Michael Polish.
Balenciaga Metallic First Bag
Shop Balenciaga via MATCHESFASHION.COM
Nicky Hilton LOVES Coachella. In fact, I suspect she might've instigated the annual Coachella mass celeb exodus from LA so many years ago. Nicky also puts a lot of thought into her daily Coachella ensembles. On this particular day, she went with an old school metallic Balenciaga, matching pink shades, some triangular statement jewelry and a colorfully patterned mini.
Chloé Paddington Bag
Shop Chloé via Neiman Marcus
Here's Nicky on a different day, wearing a nice embroidered white dress, lucite shades, and carrying an old school Chloé Paddington.
Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack
$295 via Rebecca Minkoff
Actress Nikki Reed couldn't confine her festival needs to just one fringed handbag, she had to take two. Here she is with her BF, The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder. Her backpack is from Rebecca Minkoff, but we're not sure who makes the smaller fringed bag.
P.S. Please consider supporting our small, bag-loving team by clicking our links before shopping or checking out at your favorite online retailers like Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, or any of the listed partners on our shop page. We truly appreciate your support!