Over the past few seasons, I’ve noticed more and more Chanel fans expressing disappointment of one sort or another with the brand’s handbags. Too gimmicky, too expensive, not loyal enough to the brand’s customer base – we heard at least one, if not all, of those opinions every time we posted about a Chanel bag in this space. If you’re a former client who has found yourself disenchanted, you may want to take a look at the bags from Chanel Spring 2011.

It’s difficult to term this collection a return to form, since the brand seems to always churn out a few sought-after bags every season, no matter what. So I’ll just say this: many of the bags that went down the runway in Paris’s Grand Palais yesterday presented wearable, luxurious, aesthetically pleasing options for grown women in a variety of situations. From tiny, glittering flap evening bags to clutches made to look like old leather-bound books, the inventiveness of seasons past was still present; it just managed to show up alongside things like oversized 2.55 leather clutches without a gimmick in sight.

Photos via Style.com.

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  • edoardo

    Lagerfeld in every season reinterpretated the 2.55 bags and the results ara mazing!!
    I love all these abgs…wonderful!

    in particular J’adore the 12 and 15 pic….Teh first one has a lot of color (a colorfull energy) and the second one is so coll that I can’t resist!!!


  • merve

    I think i’ve fallen in love with the book clutch. I want it now! Fabulous collection.

  • Rebecca

    I love the book clutch!! So gorgeous. so different.
    And like the variations to 2.55… all are so pretty!
    Good breather after the bad Cocoon bags!

    • Mochababe73

      I really liked the cocoon bags. However, the Gap is currently doing a version for a mere $29.99, and I’m thinking about getting one.
      My son didn’t like the Cocoon bags when I forced him to go into the Chanel store with me. He told me that they look like parachutes. LOL!

  • Jen

    Love it! I’m betting that the feel and workmanship of the book clutch is amazing.

  • Mochababe73

    I love the black and white patchwork tweed bag (#6). The others are okay, but I am finding the oversized 2.55 to be gimmicky. You have to hold it like you would a rolled up brown, paper bag.
    The little mini clutches, however, are too cute.

  • luvhautecouture

    Book clutch in the second picture is gorgeous!!!

  • Ana JB

    Btful bags! … I wonder the price…

  • Ping

    I can’t believe every year I fall in love with these bags!!!! One of the best collections ever!!! you are right the last couple of seasons were so so..but this collection is to die for:)…i am curious about the price point though!

    • Hmmn

      I can’t believe every year I fall in love with these bags!!!! One of the best collections ever!!! you are right the last couple of seasons were so so..but this collection is to die for:)…i am curious about the price point though!”

      will u really die for a bag? ……..
      the book case bag is nice but other than that, i dont think this collection is that fanastic
      the lambskin or caviar already look like squash quilts that customers are complaining abt.

  • 19yearslater

    I agree with Mochababe73, the clutches look like paper lunch bags. I adore the book clutch, though. Books + fashion= awesome.

  • gacats

    Try harder, Karl. These aren’t doing it for me.

  • Stylista

    The collection was beautiful, and these bags follow through. There are some trendier clutches, but there are also some classic ones that will have a good life in your closet. And #22! What an amazing colour!


  • louch

    Nope – none of it doing much for me. The book clutch is a nifty idea but I reckon it would get pretty boring after a while. Also, how well would the rolled lamb leather hold up being lugged around all the time? Pass.

  • Hannah

    this collection is drool-worthy. Now I want ’em in my hand!!!

  • bagstars

    These bags looks so beautiful and charm.If you get it ,you will not put it down……..

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  • betty

    Stylish handbags and wallets. Then the fogs were slowly broken, and some of that which is called memory returned to me.

  • woofer

    Ok something wearable, but not the “to die for” ones.

  • Amy

    i love them all except the drawstring bucket bag .

  • Lori

    Not doing it for me either.

  • guccibagstar

    This site clicking is high, Commodity classification is also very clearly.

  • Marwa from kuwait

    God i love Chanel , Karl is killing us every seaon

  • love expensive stuff

    i love chanel but i love more vintage style the way they make before. because now chanel the way they make of gold hard wear so cheap not like before so shinny with 24k now they r useing cheap stuff and easy to copie off and there price getting more expensive…thank god i already have a lot of chanel hanbags only classic 2.55 style every colorand any size i can buy but only gold hardwear………….i hear they r going up again next years ….sad they r try to be like hermes ..i can tell…..but who care if u love chanel .you don;t care how much ….but some time it just a bag siting in your closet and can not move ..lol

  • ILoveBullies

    Wouldn’t it be considered unlawful to purchase these types of bags?

  • dennis

    i have always loved chanel bag. me would always be loyal fan of any chanel bag

  • dennis

    love all the bags


    i LOVE CHANNEL hands bags

  • Awashy

    Channel is fine.


    Nope it doesn’t do it for me in this collection.
    The only handbag somewaht worthy is the book like clutch.

  • Raventress

    Think the glittery clutches are a bit over the top. Only the black patchwork clutch (posting’s main photo) would be something I might carry but overall this collection doesn’t work for me. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Looks like rolled up brown paper bag (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    this is indeed making it harder for me to buy my 1st chanel! (ipad)

  • Julia

    number 19 please…i love the sparkly-ness! (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Love Chanel (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    im just in love with Chanel. (ipad)

  • helen

    Love the 2nd one that looks like a book. (ipad)

  • Jodi

    Could someone tell me how to track down the lovely black zippered glove in the main (above the jump) photo? I’m lusting for it in an ugly, desperate sort of way. :)

  • Memez

    I wonder how much they cost ?

  • Sonya

    I love each and every one of these bags, they are beautiful. I love Karl!!