Chloe Gabby Bucket Bag, $2395 via Saks

It should be noted, before we continue, that this Chloe collection got at least one designer fired. Hannah MacGibbon, who had been creative director for the brand for several years, was shown the door after Chloe Fall 2011 was roundly panned. Other shuffling in the brand’s ranks weren’t announced, of course, but based on how much better Resort 2012’s accessories are then those of Fall 2011, one can only imagine that a significant shakeup did occur.

The problem, though, is that we still have to wait a few months for the new stuff to come out while bags like the Chloe Gabby Bucket Bag populate the brand’s shelf space at department stores. Ladies, this is a runway bag. Someone put this on the runway. I’ve known that for almost half a year now, but the mind, it still boggles. Try and remember that better Chloe bags are around the corner, ladies. They’ll be here soon.

I don’t want to go too hard on this bag because I’ve already given the collection an unkind review and we know that the person or people responsible for it are out the door, but this bag is a clear example of what happens when a brand chases a trend without any sense of editing. The color combinations, shape and patchwork feel are all so overwhelmingly 70s that there’s nothing modern or relevant about the design. And they’re not 70s in a good way, like so many collections have been over the last two seasons. They’re 70s like my grandmother’s harvest gold refrigerator is 70s – dated, harsh and relegated to the past for a reason. I wish this bag had never made it off the runway, but I know that Chloe has to stock something until Resort 2012 comes out. Buy through Saks for $2395.

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  • batgirl416

    I clearly see why heads had to be chopped as a result. This bag is absolutely HORRID! Everything about it is off — shape, length, colours. The pockets — while a good idea for a bucket bag — seems overdone.

    • Selene Spencer

      It’s kind of sad that Chole can’t take responsibility for their bad design. I am sure the CEO has the authority to halt production or approve a design.
      If I was CEO of a company I would see the designs first before ordering production. It seems like the designer position was not the only Chloe employee that needed to be replaced.

  • Maria

    My heart goes out to anyone who is without a job. Obviously they must have thought this bag was “edgy” / “fun”….or something. Who knows, maybe they had bad lighting in the room, or the tannery mixed up the dye lots. ;)

    Still, it’s awful. I wouldn’t use it if someone gave it to me. Just my opinion, but give me plain black or something solid, and this may have worked for the sales.

  • Chele

    These bags definitely hurt my eyes (especially on a Monday morning).

  • rose60610

    Hideous. Some colorblocked clothes are nice, but the concept doesn’t carry over to bags. At least not these, by a long shot.

  • Amanda

    I actually don’t hate the light tan/olive green bag. I love bucket bags and the colours are my favourites for bags.

  • The.Shoe.Freak

    There must be someone out there who thought this bag was nice, buyers are saks for one, since they are populating their shelves. If they didn’t like it, Chloe would have been put on the shelves for a season. O well! Fashion is weird like that.

  • Amy

    I don’t think I could dislike these more… well, I probably could but luckily they seem to have nipped this personnel issue in the bud so I’ll never have to know the pain. Let’s all just move on and forget this ever happened, okay? The Marcie hobo in stone is on my short list…

  • Sandra Rowley

    Love Chloe….this particular bag not so much.

  • Kate

    Double ugly!!!

  • Mia

    Yuck! I’m bummed because fall is the time of year I typically invest in a cute chloe…

  • 67Bella

    I would not touch it even if it were discounted to $2 let alone pay $2000, or err sorry, $2395.

  • mochababe73

    It just needs a little tweaking.
    Maybe if all of the pockets were eliminated, the bag wouldn’t look so bad.
    Then again, it would look like an old school Coach Rugby bag.

  • mylifeinbags

    I really love Chlo̩ Рbut this patchwork bags are really awful imo. So I stay with the Marcie, which comes in great colours and sizes this fall and wait for 2012.

  • Annalisa

    This is what happens when people can’t see the forest for the trees; it’s “Chloe,” so it *MUST* be good, right? If it was 90% off, it would still be 100% too much to spend for this bag. It literally looks like a knock off Coach from the early 90s. Sometimes, you need to stop surrounding yourself with Yes Men, stop congratulating yourself on your success as a sought-after design house, and look OBJECTIVELY at what you are turning out. This is hideous, plain and simple. I definitely won’t be buying Chloe this season.

  • AW

    I hate to say this but everything about this bag is wrong. The weird unappealing shape, the horrible color choices and the super steep price for such an ugly bag. Chloe has done better and i hope they will do better in the future.

  • nav

    I actually really love this bag. I guess I’m one of the few, but Chloe has definitely ticket my box. Just wouldn’t pay that much for it…

  • You can buy these styles at Chloe’s boutique at Woodbury Commons Mall in NY. I work there and we have the best prices. Mrs Joye is my name call the store and I can assist you by sending pictures of items in stock. we have this and other items 35-60 percent off original price. 845-928-6260 ask for Mrs. Joye your sales associate. We are selling this bag for 35 off retail then 20% off then 50% off… wow great buy! It looks better in person!