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October 26, 2011

Woman Buys Chanel Bag for $10 at a Garage Sale!

Have you seen Fashion Hunters?  It’s a new show on Bravo about the inner workings of  designer consignment shop Second Time Around.  On last night’s episode, a woman brought in a Chanel bag that she bought at a garage sale for $10!  How do you sell a Chanel bag for $10??? Even if you don’t know what it is – which is crazy since the Chanel logo is one of the most recognized in the world – just the quality of the bag, materials and workmanship would make that work more than $10! I need to start going to garage sales…

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October 25, 2011

I Want This Bag! Chanel Cabas Eté

Chanel Cabas Ete 2012 hangbag

For Summer 2012 Chanel is releasing the perfect bag to bring along to the pool or the beach – the Chanel Cabas Eté. The bag is perfect for poolside sessions because there is no leather on the bag, instead, ribbon is woven through the chain and the bag is cotton canvas. The faded colors already look sun-drenched and summer ready – perfect for your fun in the sun. The Chanel Cabas Eté bags will be in Chanel boutiques starting in February 2012.

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October 11, 2011

Fashion In The Street: Chanel Sightings at the Chanel Luncheon

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A few weeks ago when I was in New York I attended a Chanel Luncheon held in honor of Justine Picardie. You know that the editors and writers who attended wore their Chanel best – here are some images of some products I was able to photograph…

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October 4, 2011

Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Details

chanel spring summer 2012Earlier today I posted images from the Chanel spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection and the presentation was beautiful.  Though the pieces looked lovely from afar, you really appreciate the intricate workmanship and beauty of the pieces when you see them close up.  It’s also a great way to see what we can expect in the accessories department – the shoes, jewelry and bags.

For spring 2012, the Chanel accessories all evoke the aquatic theme.  Pearls were everywhere – on the apparel, hair, skin and handbags.  Purses came in the shape of conch shells while other bags used the signature quilting and woven leather chain detail but were in the shape of a wrapped parcel.  Heels of shoes were in the shape of coral and conch shells.  Finally, jewelry took its cues from seashells and coral.  Check out the gallery for more detail shots…

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September 22, 2011

Fashion In the Streets: New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Presentations

CHANEL Fashion in the Streets

As promised, here are all the images I captured at the tents at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.  For every image I was able to take, there were probably about 5 that I didn’t get.  Ladies get dressed in their best to see fashion shows and for many women, “their best” includes a Chanel bag.

The overwhelming majority of women have the Chanel 2.55 Classic (as opposed to the Chanel 2.55 Reissue).  There were also a few colors represented but for most women, the color of choice was black. I think the reason for that is twofold:  first, black is quintessentially Chanel and second, for many women a Chanel bag is an investment piece.  It’s not a secret that Chanel bags demand a hefty price tag so I think women opt for a color they will get the most wear out of.

One last note, I was taking pictures quickly so there definitely may be some fakes in the mix. I was not able to inspect the bags closely.  Some items I know are faux (like the rhinestone leggings!) but sometimes fakes are so bad that they’re good….

I’ll be making this a regular feature of the site so any feedback would be appreciated! Enjoy!

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September 11, 2011

Chanel Cruise 2011/2012 Accessories

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The Chanel Cruise 2012 accessories are online now and we can see the pieces in detail. Each piece is exquisite and it’s very difficult to choose favorites when they are all so stellar. I especially like the pops of color like the lemon yellow and sky blue. View all of the accessories below…

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May 26, 2011

Boy Chanel Bag Collection

chanel boy bag collection
I was intrigued by these bags when I first saw them on the runway during the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/12 presentation but the more I see them, the more I want them. PurseBlog has the inside scoop on the new Chanel Boy collection of handbags along with some nice product shots.

You won’t see any quilting on the bags in the Chanel Boy Bag collection but you will see the signature chain strap – though it’s a much thicker, heavier chain. The bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body in the same way the 2.55 can be worn.

Long inspired by menswear, the Boy Bag collection is said to be inspired by cartridge bags used by hunters. Karl Lagerfeld stated: “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”

The Boy Chanel Bags come in black, ivory, flat red, intense grey and lead green – all in glazed calf skin.  I’d be happy with any of the colors and sizes but I have a small, red Boy bag on my wish list.  The bags come in three sizes – the small being a purse and the large being a tote and they range in price from $2500 – $4300.

I love these bags.  I love the simplicity, the thick chain and the embossed Chanel logo on the “spine” – it looks very much like a book.  How nice to have a “library” of these bags, non?  The bags hit shelves in August so start saving up your pretty pennies now – I know I am!

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chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

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January 21, 2010

Chanel Bags on Fashionphile.com

chanel bags on fashionphile.com

Chanel bags are as pricey as they come – believe me, I know, I’m still saving up for my first!  I want my first bag to be a pristine and brand new black 2.55 Reissue in lambskin (or vintage from the 50s or 60s when Mlle. designed it herself), but that doesn’t stop me from visiting Fashionphile.com every so often to check out what they have in store.

Fashionphile sells gently used luxury items from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès among others.  They guarantee the authenticity – which is great – because other sites like ebay scare me.

Today, I needed my daily does of Chanel and I spotted some bags on Fashionphile that I would love to own – my favorite being the pearl evening bag – so perfect in it’s simplicity and so very Chanel!

chanel bags on fashionphile.com

chanel bags on fashionphile.com

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September 14, 2006

Chanel “Naked” Bags

With ever tightening security measures Karl Lagerfeld seems to have come up with a way to get through security quickly for trendy jet setters – the “naked” bag.

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nfo & Image: wwd

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September 4, 2006

Chanel Naked Bags

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Check out Chanel’s Naked Bag line, it ranges from different shapes in 4 colors (white, gold, black and grey). I’m not too sure I like ‘clear’ bags, not really feeling people looking at what I have inside. Its bad enuff when I rock my LV Perforated Speedy, they stare hard to see if they can see what’s inside my bag haha. But this can be cute if its in the other colors, just the clear white is too extreme for me.

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