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December 22, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Chanel Bags

The most iconic of all women’s purses, the Chanel flap bag, would make a lovely gift for any occasion.  Though the flap bag in black leather is the most classic and elegant option, Chanel issues many bags each season.  Some bags are trend driven colors or fabrications of the 2.55 bag that match the current collection, others are new silhouettes.  From cassette tape clutches to ice cube bags, the ingenuity of Chanel bags is never ending.  If the bags are beyond your budget, you can start small with leather goods like wallets.  You can’t go wrong with quilted black calfskin…

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November 16, 2010

Secrets of the Chanel Handbag – Part 2

The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag exhibit made its first stop in San Francisco this past weekend.  The first part of the exhibit explored the process of making a Chanel 2.55 handbag.  The other part of the exhibit highlighted vintage pieces.  When I heard that vintage pieces would be on view I was expecting a lot more than they actually had on display.

The vintage display was only in one of the store windows and featured two mannequins dressed from head-to-toe in vintage Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.  The pieces were amazing and my favorite by far were the clear/black rain boots with chain stirrup detail in the back – TO-DIE-FOR!  The gold quilted guitar case wasn’t so bad either.  Check out the photos below of the window displays and detail shots of the vintage Chanel pieces from the archive.

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October 28, 2010

Chanel Patent Leather Small Goods

Fall is officially here but that doesn’t mean everything needs to be dark and drab.  Chanel is introducing a small collection of bright-colored patent calfskin leather goods that are sure to bring some sunshine into your dreary days.  They fold, zip and have functional interiors complete with silver chain, reminiscent to that found on the iconic Chanel 2.55 bag.  The small collection of wallets, change purses, card holders and clutches feature a simple graphic detail of the interlocking C’s in a white circle which pops off of the blue, red, yellow, black and fuchsia patent canvases.  The collection hits shelves in November.

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March 1, 2010

Chanel Shanghai Accessories

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Chanel has Shanghai on the brain for 2010.  First there was the Chanel Shanghai boutique opening, then there was the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection.  We know Coco Chanel was infatuated with Shanghai and would have loved to have traveled there.  But I wonder if that was the only inspiration for the Chanel Shanghai collection – could it be that it was timed to coincide with the upcoming World’s Fair Expo in Shanghai in May, 2010.  Whatever the reason, the accessories are amazing!

After the success of the Chanel Paris-Moscou Matryoshka doll purse, Uncle Karl has created a similar purse for the Shanghai collection. The matching drop earrings are adorable – I wonder if he used these little ladies on any other accessories? Lagerfeld also reinterpreted the classic 2.55 bag with large sequined palletes in red and jade.

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My other favorite bag is Chanel’s rendition of the classic takeout box – with leather chain strap and all!  The Chanel cuff is also especially beautiful and is reminiscent of Chinese pottery and vases.

This is just a little glimpse into the details of the collection and I can’t wait to see more!

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