It's not every day that you see brand new Chanel bags pop up for sale on a third-party retailer's site. In fact, you never see that--the brand doesn't allow its bags to be sold online, and it doesn't even sell them on its own website. That's why I was so surprised to see 11 versions of the brand new Chanel Gabrielle Bag materialize on Bergdorf Goodman's website yesterday. But like I said, there's a catch.
The 11 bags--including seven versions that weren't in Chanel's Spring 2017 lookbook, most of which fit with the season's big trend for metallics--aren't for sale via the website, even though every other bag displayed in the same way on Bergdorfs' site is. The bags all include their prices, which is great intel, but when it's time to hit "add to bag," BG instead prompts you to call its brick-and-mortar store in New York City to inquire. What a tease.
Chanel has flirted with online sales for some time, though, so I'm choosing to take this as a hopeful sign that the brand is inching ever closer to that goal. Check out the seven new, never-before-seen versions of the Gabrielle below or shop ("shop") the full selection via Bergdorf Goodman.
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Looking for a stylish roomy tote that can hold all your things without sacrificing comfort and ease? Well well, fret not for this Limited Edition Longchamp Roseau 1948 Bag might be what you’re looking for.
A classic favorite with its sleek and no-frills design and wide opening, this bag is certainly a loyal companion to bring around for it can hold all your essentials and your not so important things.
This Longchamp Roseau 1948 Bag pays tribute to its classic Roseau Bag – the line’s models bear Longchamp racehorse signature within leather oval. Embellished with a bamboo-inspired closure, this signature version is adorned with traditional symbols like the horsesoe, tobacco pipes and the year of the brand was created. The Jacquard Canvas tells the Longchamp story.
Measuring 15” x 11” x 4 3/4” inches and is priced $395 USD, €280 euro, £235 GBP, ¥49680 JPY via Longchamp boutiques.
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The Boy Bag is nice, leather is great as well, but how about Velvet? Since the first introduction of the Pre-Fall Winter 2015 Collection, the Boy Chanel Velvet Bag has returned again and again as an alternative to the leather edition. For the Velvet, there are pros and cons of course. But at the end, it’s personal choice as well.
Exuding class, elegance and sophistication in one, the bag is in velvet, but it doesn’t stop it from getting the diamond-quilted pattern. This bag is as pretty as the leather edition and it features the same elements as well like the Boy Clasp, the shape and the Boyish chain.
Now Velvet is described to be a tufted fabric, which has a distinguishing feel once you run your fingers through it. Though this kind of fabric is hard to maintain, the good news on the other hand is that it offers a super soft tactile feel, which could tickle your luxury fancies!
The downside is the maintenance, if this is your first Chanel, then you might want to pick the leather edition. Velvet is harder to maintain and you need to baby it more often.
However, Velvet feels extremely soft and luxurious. It gives you different experience than the other materials. At the end, this is a personal choice. But if the Velvet Boy Bag is presented to you one day, will you give it a chance?
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LOUIS VUITTON ALMA FLOWER BAG
It’s not your fault if you want an early Christmas gift; the Louis Vuitton Alma Flower Bag is literally to-die-for. Ladies, this is an exclusive edition of the iconic Alma Bag
And we thought that the Alma Chain Flower print was a gem, but that all changed after we meet the Alma Flower Bag. This Blooming Bag tells a romantic story of the House’s savoir-faire. Individually cut and coloured leather blossoms are set with metal rivets on glamorous Monogram Vernis patent calf.
Look at it, the Louis Vuitton Alma Flower Bag shines like a star, its made to be your number #1 BFF. With its help, every night will be yours – steal it naturally.
The bag comes is also made with gold metal pieces, the top opens and closes with double zip closure. To refine the design, it comes with a padlock and key bell. The interior is made with one large compartment as well as a smartphone pocket.
Measuring 9.4′ x 6.7′ x 4.7′ inches (L x H x W), priced at $2230 USD, €1620 euro, £1510 GBP, $18500 HKD, $2800 AUD, ¥262440 JPY via Louis Vuitton boutiques.
Louis Vuitton releases another limited edition handbag this season. Presenting the Monogram Vernis Alma Flower Bag. The iconic Alma features individually cut leather flowers with metal rivets. It has shiny gold-colour metal pieces. This style is currently only available in BB size, and comes in two colors, Rose Ballerine and Amarante. The Alma Flower is a feminine take on the classic Alma Bag, perfect to use from day to night.
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Ever since Nicolas Ghesquière has joined Louis Vuitton, he reinvents beautiful and unique pieces for the Parisian brand. This season he has done it again with a number of new styles.
The Fall/Winter 2016 Collection features a sporty look using many of the classic bag styles. The iconic Speedy is back this season and comes with Louis Vuitton badges. The mini trunks also makes a return which now includes a shoulder strap and available in two sizes. The popular Petite Malle and Twist Bags comes with a strap that have handles wrapped in scarves. Another travel bag makes it to the runway which has similarities to the Cruiser Bag with a large Vuitton printed on it.
The bag collection presents the signature Monogram Canvas in Crocodile, Leopard Print and Metallic Hologram.
Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2016 Bag Runway Collection did not fail to disappoint with drool-worthy, jaw-dropping bag pieces. Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director behind this favorite French fashion powerhouse, knows his game so well that his mastery of his craft is all evident and visible from each bag piece. Ever since he appeared in the fashion scene and handled LV since 2013, he is seen being all-hands in making the brand adaptable so as it could cater to the millennials as well.
For the Fall/Winter 2016 Bag Runaway Collection, LV lovers and fans will definitely be mesmerized by the big range of handbags from crocodile totes, tiny backpacks, holographic trunks to the traditional leopard prints. There is this small bucket bag that has captured our hearts and attention for it is something we’ve never seen before.
A unique design, this bag is seen sporting the famous monogram LV logo + some classic black color. For the luggage box bag, it took its inspiration from the iconic LV classic luggage. A short history recap, LV had its humble beginnings in 1854 when Vuitton himself introduced his trunks with trianon canvas.
Yesterday, someone asked me what I thought about the new crop of Louis Vuitton bags from the brand's Fall 2016 runway, and the first thing that sprang to mind was, "Well, there's a lot going on." I don't mean that in a bad way (the collection is often excellent), but it also means I don't know where to start.
There were plenty of Vuitton signatures in the show--monograms, train cases, lots of steamer inspiration throughout--but it was combined with plenty of things that I'd never think of as classically LV. First of all, there was quite a bit of traditional leopard print, which I can't remember Vuitton doing at any point in the recent past and which at times made certain bags feel a little Givenchy.
There were also scarf handles, oil slick mirrored metallics, mixed prints, beaded fringe and a handful of new bag shapes for both day and evening. (Plus a few for travel.) It was, in short, a lot. Most of it was also a lot of fun, though, don't get me wrong--I'm just still digesting it all.
At the end of a long month of shows, editors and buyers make superlative lists. Tallying things up, Nicolas Ghesquière gets high marks for his Louis Vuitton collection. One of the best shows of the season, it was also his most confident and convincing yet for Vuitton, full of pieces easy to love and to wear.
Inside three specially constructed geometric structures crash-landed behind the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the setup was an underwater world, a lost Atlantis with columns, made in collaboration with the French artist Justin Morin, jutting out of the runway at odd angles. For those counting, there were 57 total, requiring 200,000 pieces of hand-fixed shattered mirrors. Afterward, Ghesquière said, “we had an idea of this trip, of a woman who could be a digital heroine, like Tomb Raider, when she discovers an archaeological site.” Ghesquière was mining his own history. He’s known as the great experimenter from his near decade and a half at Balenciaga, and rightfully so, but his most beloved collections there tapped into the energy of the street. He captured that feeling here, with a broad offering that merged athletic pieces with a more fluid sensuality than he’s emphasized yet in his collections for Vuitton.
On the sporty side, there were mohair sweaters and jacket-sweater hybrids with racing stripes up and down the arms. Color-blocked stretchy knit shirts and tube dresses looked like relatively easy-on-the-wallet ways to buy into the look. Representing the sensual side were midi-length dresses in heritage scarf prints and a white silk number topped by a black leather harness that caught the runway breeze. We liked the look of zip-front, molded-hip jackets worn with loosely tailored bondage pants, and nipped-waist coats with exaggerated storm flaps. The diversity of the clothes was matched by a wide range of bags, the most eye-catching of which was a softly structured style apparently modeled on a double-handled plastic shopping bag. It doesn’t get much more streetwise than the show’s lace-front combat boots.
Ghesquière dipped into the archive of others, as well. The ending section of sequin slip dresses looked like a nod to a late-’90s collection of the Belgian designer Martin Margiela, whom Ghesquière has long revered and who has become a popular reference point this season with the rise of Vetements. Demna Gvasalia made a big splash with his debut at Ghesquière’s former stomping grounds earlier this week. Were the dresses a tweak in his direction? Insiders will be hashing that out as they make their ways home from Paris in the coming days. But it won’t matter one stitch to customers, who will appreciate and buy into the frocks’ haute-casual vibes and poetic spirit.
Perhaps it wasn't obvious from the first look at Nicolas Ghesquière's sporty punky gang, but he approached Louis Vuitton's autumn/winter 2016 collection by looking back; it was about recasting yesterday's creations for today's tastes. And so, fusty, vintage looking scarf prints depicting chains or paisley were fashioned into slip dresses with handkerchief hems, some decorated in sparkling sequins, and partnered up with ultra-cropped boxy leather jackets and tread-sole boots.
The Paris-based artist, Justin Morin collaborated with Ghesquière on the set, which took shape as an ad hoc arrangement of 57 concrete columns ripped in half and clad in smashed mirrored tiles (an installation that was inspired by his work 'Melted Bones', 2011). It looked like some meteorite had hit the Louis Vuitton Foundation from outer space. While we're on the subject of epic journeys, for show goers - including Léa Seydoux, Selena Gomez, Jaden Smith and Alicia Vikander - it was no small task arriving here this morning. With a public transport strike, heavy rain and traffic to contend with, the show was 45-minutes late in starting. It proved to be worth the wait.
It’s no secret that the modern day iteration of Louis Vuitton rests on the laurels of its luggage brand heritage. And why not? There is truly nothing better than an oversized trunk splashed with monogrammed LV’s.
Since he arrived on the scene in 2013, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has been busy transforming the brand’s DNA into a digestible range for millennials. And he’s been doing a phenomenal job of capturing their hearts (and Instagram accounts). For one thing, his front rows are packed with young stars of the A-list caliber, including Selena Gomez, Jaden Smith and even top model Karlie Kloss. Further, his runway sets are imaginative and captivating, just like the commissioned creation by Justin Morin for Fall/Winter 2016. Featuring shattered mirrors and gargantuan crystals, the Vuitton show space was both captivating and social media friendly.
Finally, there is the actual clothing, which is a hybrid of haute design and wearable sportswear. Red patent leather cropped flares were equally as enchanting as billowy patchwork t-shirt dresses. Sculptural coats with a sporty influence were major players, as were corset details on dresses, jackets and tops.
But this season, we were particularly captivated by the handbag selection. Running the gamut from holographic trunks to crocodile totes, Mr. Ghesquère flexed his design muscle while paying astute attention to the Vuitton roots. Without further ado, here are all the drool-worthy bags from the Fall/Winter range.
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How good are these bags? We already know master of whimsy Charlotte Olympia can execute evening kitsch to perfection, but finding out she can do bigger bags equally well makes her my new hero. Inspired by – what else? – old Hollywood, her limited-edition collection of totes, shoulder clutches, and top-handle bags are exclusively on My Theresa, which makes them feel all the more lust-worthy. Not that they need any help.
The ultra-classic Bogart bag is timeless perfection, especially in ivory and leopard, and to make the retro-fabulous style even more special, each one comes with a pair of coordinating gloves (in black, ivory, pink, or red) to really drive the point home: this is the ultimate in ‘50s-inspired ladylike chic. Believe it or not, Charlotte executes a modern vibe with even more finesse. With its sleek, twisted clear-plastic handle, the Gable tote sports a streamlined body which smartly saves all the drama for up above. Lined in soft, gold-metallic leather, you feel like you’re unearthing a treasure each time you open your bag. Among the other styles in this 10-piece collection: the Astaire clutch, worthy of a night on the town, and the surprisingly restrained east-west Brando tote. They may be named after her favorite leading men, but Charlotte’s bags are as feminine as they come. Sunset Boulevard hasn’t felt this fresh since the good, old days of Hollywood. The Bogarticon, $3,236, Gableicon, $2,108, and Brando $2,531, totes and the Astaire clutchicon, $2,108, are available exclusively on My Theresaicon.
From demure blush tones to innocent garden hues to quintessential Barbie pinks to searing fuchsias and bold magentas to the perfect shade of lipstick pink: October is the best month to show off your best pinks, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
I plan on carrying a pink bag or wearing something pink every day of the month, and I’m going to have a hard time deciding between all the rosy pieces that have suddenly popped up on my radar, like Nancy Gonzalez’s pink-hot crocodile tote, Prada’s sweet saffiano mini crossbody, Givenchy’s petal-pale Antigona bag, and Charlotte Olympia’s evening-ready satin pouch, to name just a few. But there’s no need to have 31 pink bags to successfully take October by storm, lest your bag closet look like the Mattel showroom got the best of it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with repeating the same bag all month long. Call it the Bag Snob Pink Challenge! Tag your Instagrams and Tweets with #BagSnobPinkChallenge, and I’ll repost my favorites. Even if you prefer not to commit to an all-over pink bag, just a touch of my favorite shade on your bag or outfit will do. Look to a piece like Valentino’s Italian Pop shoulder bag to successfully show your strength, as well as support in raising awareness for a cause that affects each and every one of us.
Most importantly, don’t forget to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and share the organization’s link with friends and family!
1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Large Color-Block Textured-Leather Toteicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $360)
2. Saint Laurent Monogramme Small Zip-Around Satchel Bagicon (at Neiman Marcus for $2,490)
3. Rebecca Minkoff Love Cross Body Bag (on Shopbop for $295)
4. Prada Saffiano Mini Crossbody Clutch (at Neiman Marcus for $1,390)
5. Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bagicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $1,350)
6. Nancy Gonzalez Medium Crocodile Tote Bagicon (at Neiman Marcus for $3,750)
7. Gucci Bright Diamante Small Bucket Bagicon (at Neiman Marcus for $1,290)
8. Charlotte Olympia Long Festival Embellished Silk-Satin Shoulder Bagicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $795)
9. Victoria Beckham Liberty Textured-Leather Toteicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $1,650)
10. Givenchy Small Antigona Grained Leather Bag (on on Luisa via Roma for $2,280)
11. Kate Spade Cedar Street Monday Cross Body Bag (on Shopbop for $148)
12. Lauren Merkin Medium Zip-Top Raffia Clutchicon (at Neiman Marcus for $51, from $125)
13. Alexander Wang The Rocco Textured-Leather Toteicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $875)
14. CAMPOS Triple Zip Cross Body Bag (on Shopbop for $358)