7 posts tagged with Pre-Fall 2011

Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011 (11)

Even though Chanel is a brand with a rich history and plenty of iconic aesthetic elements from which to draw, I think we all get fatigued of flap bags and black and ivory color schemes after a while. Because Karl Lagerfeld is a man worth his enormous paycheck, he seems to be able to sense that feeling within his client base and zig when everyone expects him to zag, which has lead to a freshness and creativity in the past several Chanel collections that continues to delight me.

On Friday, we introduced you to the Outstanding Pieces range from Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011. Today, we’ve got the regular line of handbags, which are pretty great themselves. There’s a lot of “Chanel” in these bags, more so than in the Outstanding Pieces, and certainly some of them are bread-and-butter sales leaders. But the change in tone that they, along with the bags from the two preceding seasons, represent is a smart and welcome one, even if it’s subtle. (more…)

For every season, Chanel generously offers not one handbag collection but two. You get the regular collection bags, which are always luxurious and highly detailed in their own right, and then you get Outstanding Pieces, which are on a whole different level. These are the jewel-encrusted exotic bags that would turn your heard so hard that you’d have to see a chiropractor, should you encounter someone toting one down the street.

For the Byzantine-inspired Chanel Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall 2011 collection, Karl Lagerfeld pulled out all the stops to create a gilded, ornate collection of crocodile, python and cabochon. These designs aren’t for a shrinking violet, but even lovers of statement pieces should be careful; these bags may result in a shrinking wallet. Please contact Chanel at 800-550-0005 for pricing and availability. (more…)

We normally wouldn’t publish photos of this quality, but Celine bags are so hard to get a handle on that any photographic evidence of what’s to come is welcome, no matter the spotty photographic skills of the camera phone-wielding person who likely took these shots. They apparently first appeared on the blog of European retailer Nathalie Schuterman and were then identified by sharp-eyed PurseForum members as a preview of Celine Pre-Fall 2011 handbags.

Because these photos appear to include several versions of the Celine Phantom Luggage Tote that’s being introduced for Pre-Fall 2011, we’re inclined to agree with that assessment of these shots, although they probably shouldn’t be considered comprehensive. Take a look at the larger shots after the jump and let us know which bags will be on your wishlist. (more…)

We have a first look at Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 and all I can say is amazing. If you can not already tell, we are seriously Proenza Schouler obsessed. Their handbags exude this downtown cool vibe that is hard to match. For the pre-fall 2011 collection, Proenza sticks with warm hues that we expect for fall on designs that we already know and love.

The coveted PS1 is re-done in black calfhair, adding an interesting dimension. There is a PS11 wristlet version with stripes that I am truly adoring along with a PS11 tote. And then we have the amazing PS1 Weekender, a bag that both Amanda and I are currently obsessed with. (more…)

Unfortunately, when it comes to midseason collections, most designers don’t see fit to throw accessory-lovers a photographic bone. Because the shows aren’t held together with any type of unifying event, brands release their own media images instead of allowing outside photographers, and outside photographers almost always do a better job of showing us the bags and shoes. We end up getting the short shrift when all media outlets are given the same photo set.

Because Louis Vuitton is a company founded on leather goods, though, it does a better job than most at making sure that its bags are front and center. We have all of the bags from Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2011 collection, plus two ornate feather fans that probably aren’t bags but I will continue hope might be until expressly told otherwise. (Please, Louis Vuitton, let them be bags.) Full photos, after the jump. (more…)

Megs and I have an odd ability: We talk about things, and they happen. It’s inexplicable, and there have been too many instances to completely enumerate here (Example: we joked that I would end up on the plane with a rapper on my last flight from Atlanta to New York, and I then found myself seated next to a guy from Public Enemy), but trust me, it happens. We’re magic, but we don’t know how to control it.

Recently, we found ourselves discussing a $16,000 partially sueded-croc Celine Luggage Tote that Megs had seen in the brand’s Bal Harbour boutique, and we both agreed that Celine was missing an opportunity by not offering a Luggage Tote made entirely out of regular crocodile. Lo and behold, photos of Celine Pre-Fall 2011 gave us a look at exactly the bag we were hoping to see. And if a partially croc Luggage Tote costs 16 grand, I don’t even want to speculate how much this one will be. Larger photo, after the jump.

UPDATE: We’ve heard this bag may be stamped instead of real croc, and if that’s the case, one of these beauties may indeed be in my future. (more…)


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