Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue

Oh, Karl Lagerfeld. He’s crazypants. He’s also the creative force behind Chanel, although I’m sure you all were aware of that. As a result, all of the creative elements of Chanel’s branding are immensely, luxuriously over the top in ways that few other brands can touch (although Louis Vuitton also does an admirable job with Marc Jacobs at the helm), with advertising campaigns and catalogues often photographed by Lagerfeld himself. He is indeed the man behind the camera for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue, but to get a first look at the catalogue and find out more about Krazy Karl’s concept for the shoot, you’ll have to make the jump.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue  Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue

Yes, that is Jerry Hall. And she’s looking absolutely amazing at 52 years old, playing opposite the much-younger Baptiste Giabiconi in Lagerfeld’s interpretation of the 1920 French novel Cheri, written by Colette. In the novel, a years-long May-December romance is interrupted by the marriage of the younger man, after which he returns to his older lover for one night to receive her blessing and support to leave forever. Lagerfeld’s photographs appear to take place during that one last night, and they’re nothing short of gorgeous. Well, except for one; one photo is in full color and seems to convey a much different mood than the others. I can’t help but wonder if it was accidentally included in the electronic package that we received or if it actually appears in the non-electronic catalog. If it does, I think it would have been better left out, but who am I to question Karl Lagerfeld? No one, that’s who, and I’m sure he’d tell you that if you asked him. Actually, he’d probably just tell you that I’m demode.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue  Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue

Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue  Chanel Spring/Summer 2009 Accessories Catalogue

Anyway, I digress. The handbags…sigh. Kind of a mixed, uh, bag (no pun intended). The hilights are easy to spot – a tulle-covered flap bag quilted with rows of sequins and another classic flap, this one set on its end and made into a north/south tote that plays with an onlooker’s senses of proportion and perception. They’re beautiful in vastly different ways, but both are a play on the classic Chanel aesthetic and make the observer think about form and function. The lowlights…similarly easy to spot. Handbags fashioned to look like shopping bags were boring a long time ago (Bloomingdale’s vinyl “brown bag” totes, anyone?), and I certainly don’t need to pay as much for one as these probably cost. Also, the whole idea seems kind of 2003 – logo bags have been steadily declining in popularity in favor of more subtle luxuries. “CHANEL” in big, bold letters is the antithesis of subtle. Take a look below and tell me what you think.

Chanel 2 Upsidedown Patent Leather White Bag  Chanel Classic Bag in Tweed

Embroidered Chanel 2.55  Chanel 2.55 Tie Dye Pink Leather

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  • luvhautecouture

    I agree that those shopping bags are duds! :(

    The hardware is looking very beautiful and shiny on the flaps!!! love it!

  • Char

    There’s not much that can be done to the standard Chanel handbag, and those shopper bags are outrageous, and overpriced. I recently saw a snapshot of Lagerfeld in a fleamarket, and I think he gets a lot of his ideas in places where cheap items are sold, except he redoes it, adds the Chanel label and increases the price.
    It’ll take more than Jerry Hall to win me over. I’ve given up on Chanel after experiencing their shoddy costume jewellery quality. Besides, Louis Vuitton is more renowned and experienced with luggage than Chanel. Chanel has become an over the top label, and I doubt that Gabrielle Chanel would have approved of Lagerfeld’s overpriced ostentation because it has made her fashion, unattainable to 90% of the women around the globe, hardly what she stood for during her time.

  • Char

    Also…I forgot to note:
    the reason why he opted for B & W photography is probably related to Hall’s age. She is also airbrushed to hell and back. If anyone sees Hall in real life they’d be staggered. She is another person to what is seen here.

  • emm

    beautiful photographs!!! :D

  • dierregi

    I agree with Char. For the little I know about Gabrielle Chanel herself, I doubt this would have been her idea of simple fashion, clean lines and no frills. Also, I was never a fan of quilted bags and the pink one is the worst of the lot, it even looks discolored….

  • jane

    Seems fashion big on the cougar shots, the baby boy and older woman–even that’s passe anymore. No one cares, no one considers it over the top, cutting edge, whatever you want to call it.

  • holly

    I love the pink flap, it is so gorgeous! Why do I love all pink bags recently? It must be the comming spring influencing me to love pale pinks.

  • QueenMAB

    I really love the blush bag as well, DRAT – I really wasn’t intending to buy another flap, but I’m going to have to see this in person.

  • SKelly

    OMG, so totally not impressed. With the bags or the campaign. Jerry is gorgeous, but as a pp noted, there’s reason why the campaign is in B&W.

    ALso, the boy could not BE more disinterested in her…I dunno what the art director’s vision was, blase disinterest or ?? . Who knows? In any event, it’s bad acting. Or posing or whatever. IMHO, I think a porn star would have put out more “true” emotion than this kid.

    Megs and Vlad, congrats on your nuptuals. Wishing you a long, happy life together.

  • MizzJ

    Hehe maybe he’s supposed to look tortured b/c the next day he’s leaving her to be married? I couldn’t believe that was Jerry Hall when I first saw the photos, they really must be airbrushed to hell!! Still, it’s nice to see an older woman being used as a model. Love the first two bags, they’re simple and classic, like what Chanel is to me.

  • Ping

    Love the pink and also the bag in the first picture. Classic Chanel with a little twist but I do agree with Char that prices on Chanel bags, and for that matter, on many “designer bags” have been outrageously and arbitrarily overprices the past few years. I remember when my first Fendi 10 years ago was around $550 and that was considered “expensive.” Now days any designer bags starts around $2000 and that’s considered “average” which is crazy consider the economy.
    That said, Jerry Hall looks great but I have a photographer friend who showed me how professionals have so many tool (not just airbrushing) that essentially make you look 30 years younger (which is what they did with her:)…Shots are beautiful, hate the chanel “shopping bag,” yuck yuck yuck..but love the others.

  • firsttimer

    hello, i am would like to know how much they are. i really like the orange one. and when are they gonna be on sale? thank u

  • MissLoveChanel

    Apparently, I’m the only person who thinks the “shopping bag” is kind of cute. I think it’s a fun, kicky sort of idea and I would definitely carry the bag in low key situations; running errands, etc. I wouldn’t wear it to a party, club or restaurant, but overall I like it. All of that being said, I’d say that the price tag on this bag (over $2000) is vastly unrealistic for a bag of this caliber.

  • n

    whats the prices for these bags


    Beautiful !! Love the photograph so much!!

  • baby boo

    i LVOE THE PINK FLAP!! these days i think chanel can do no wrong

  • tony

    wow, i thougth its a real shopping bag. hehe..

    how does the upsidedown bag work? you really carry it sideways?

  • whoop

    hi, i’m doing some research for a project at college and wondered how much you would spend on a Chanel bag and what attracts you to the high end brands? Also whats the most you have ever spent on a designer bag??

  • Chanel_Insider

    The photoshoot was classic black and white but the one photo in color is to show off the Fading Pink Lambskin on the 2.55 handbag. The faded lambskin is back for this spring in only the pink and very popular!!

  • lisa v

    Love the new spring line, hate the shopping bag ! I just purchased the new Jumbo maxi! its so lux but I am having second thoughts the price $3150. is sooo insane. I feel guilty but the bag was a Valentines gift and the color a deep coral insanley beautiful!!!! Plus I was told it is a limited edition. Possibly that made it more desirable??? Well in general all designer bags are way to overpriced !!!!!!!!!!

  • Ashley

    Very glamorous images. I favor pink very much so but do like the yellow one a lot.

  • jojo

    I love Chanel bags! Even though i know it’s too expensive to spend over 3000 for a handbag…. however, I just got a soft pink classic one and i’m loving it!!!

  • spike

    I love the campaign, but then again I always love the older woman getting the hot young man. More power to Ms. Hall. I don’t really care if she’s airbrushed, it just makes me happy to see older women in the spotlight. I think CoCo would get a kick out of this one.

  • Stephanie

    I agree with Spike, I thought the campaign was great….and even though Jerry Hall is airbrushed she still looks amazing, I mean, what celebrity nowadays isnt airbrushed?. This campaign looks like old hollywood glamour and I LOVE IT! this is what Chanel is all about and I’m pretty sure Coco chanel would be proud. She did say herself “the best things in life are free and the second best are expensive”. Overall,for anyone complaining about the prices of some these Chanel bags don’t blame Karl Lagerfeld blame the people who still buy it and I’m guilty as charged!

  • Zulu

    Hey peeps! just wondering how much does the dyed fading pink to white lambskin bag as seen above (spring summer 2009) cost in europe (paris)?

  • fa

    Hehe maybe he’s supposed to look tortured b/c the next day he’s leaving her to be married? I couldn’t believe that was Jerry Hall when I first saw the photos, they really must be airbrushed to hell!! Still, it’s nice to see an older woman being used as a model. Love the first two bags, they’re simple and classic, like what Chanel is to me.

  • sofia

    I agree with ceci, the valentine charms is a great bag for this season. Thank you ceci for the Luxurybagland replica handbag address! i just ordered there my valentines bag, I will let you know the outcome!

  • papertiger

    They photo shop all models to hell, nothing special in that – let’s not kid ourselves and let’s not get kidded by the fantasy.
    A totally gorgeous, expensive, fantastic dream-world we love to buy into. I love the 4th photo with Chanel No5 and the white bag.
    Jerry is completely wonderful – who cares about her age? I wouldn’t kick the guy (or the the pink bag) out of bed either.

    Hate fake bags though, whatever the price, better to carry a cotton shopper!


    love chanel @@@@


    Luxury chanel are always your favorite !!

  • elizabeth

    i love the new chanel handbags theyre fabulous!!


  • Julie

    I love the styles! The problem is I could never afford the real thing. Now i found a site where I can get the real thing for 80% less than in the store. Now I can be part of the trend!

  • Jenny

    Wow, is selling replica products really worth it? I am in the process of writing a blog about all the bad things that can happen to people selling counterfeits. I’m not saying I necessarily agree with what I will be writing, but they are facts. I can tell you that Chanel does NOT play around when it comes to trademark infringement. They can and just might sue you for millions if you are running a counterfeit operation. Oh, and another thing, counterfeiting is a felony and you can go to prison for it.

  • Rashida

    I like the upside bag but to be honest, Chanel bags don’t appeal to many young people. When I think of Chanel I think of a older, like 50ish. I think they need like some energizing and we are in a recession the prices is too high.

  • Fashionputitallonme

    I must truely say I enjoy this bag. I am so glad that chanel is returning to the classic lambskin small drawstring purses this was the true luxurly classic of chanel. I have 4 purses from the classic collection. But this bag is hot I saw it in person at the chanel botique in my hometown in Chicago IL michigan ave, But I will agree chanel purses are way to high its riddcolous theyre up there with Louis Vuitton. But when I was in Europe I traveled to Paris, France and the bags were so much differently prices there so you could try that but still with shipping and the us import tax soooo riddoclous

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    no headache tonite, dear! (fb)