Fashion critics may have loved Chanel’s seafaring Spring 2012 runway collection, complete with literal seashell clutches, but future handbag customers were a little more hesitant. After all, when the inspiration is that literal, exactly what are the non-runway accessories going to look like? As it turns out, they look like an utterly gorgeous collection of bags in powdery pastels, faithful to the Chanel DNA but somehow with a lighter, fresher touch.

One of our Twitter followers alerted us that Chanel had made these images of Chanel’s Spring 2012 Handbags available on their website yesterday, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with what I found when I went to investigate. The collection is heavy on the excellent Boy Chanel shapes, which bring the flap bag construction to a younger, less ladylike audience. I’ve also included the collection’s Outstanding Pieces with those post, which means that there’s plenty of precious pastel exotics to enjoy after the jump. Oh, and some bling. We (and Chanel) wouldn’t deny you some bling.

Images via Chanel

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