The buzz around the brand new Chanel bag has been building for weeks… We seen them first in March, on the catwalk of the last collection created with the late Karl Lagerfeld’s input… Squishy, slouchy and trendy, the models clutched them like cushions, and wrapped them around their waists or slung them over their shoulders with ease. However, this week, at last, the new bag from Chanel has arrived at the shops. The Chanel 19, born in 2019 and sharing it is name with the mythical 19 cologne, is here.
Featuring all the classic details of a Chanel tote… large diamond quilting, metal chains, a rectangular flap fastening and double C logo… that the 19 has been substituted to become the ultimate companion for Gen Z and high-street style lovers and GLAMOUR is here for it.
In 3 sizes, the fashion group fell in love with the dinky top grip take chain that morphs into a lengthy string strap, interlaced with leather, and with connections that vary from silver through to aged gold and ruthenium (a precious metal similar to platinum).
There is also an ultra trendy belt tote which feels like it has the stamp of their practicality and liberty of Mademoiselle Chanel’s original vision (she popularised trousers for ladies, easy jersey and menswear-inspired suiting). The dual C fastener is oversize to echo our existing fetishisation of trademarks while the extra long string means you can use it cross body or directly over a shoulder. Decisions, decisions.
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There are only a handful of iconic Chanel bags… the Classic, the 2.55 (made in February 1955), the Gabrielle, Boy and 31… and while they all make sense from the era they were made, a Chanel handbag has longevity way beyond its year – they never look dated – and will continue to keep their resale value if the unthinkable happens and you want to part ways. DEVD.
The Boy – such as – was released in 2012, when masculine-inspired trouser suits and androgyny were having a fashion second, but still seems as fresh today, thanks to continuous updates in colour and substance and superior genes.
This Autumn, the 19 comes in perpetually chic black, white and beige leather together with turquoise, emerald and sexy pink to replicate the colours of the catwalk collection, while the tweed variants include magenta, beige and black houndstooth and jade. For Cruise – the pre-Spring taster that arrives in shop in November – there’s lavender jersey and trendy khaki twill.
In the style world, the codes of a house are what defines a tag’s designs and makes them instantly recognisable. If you think of Chanel, double C logos, chain information, and quilted finishes all spring to mind. Since taking up her job as creative director after Lagerfeld’s departure in February, Virginie Viard – that already had a 30 year career at Chanel and a position as Karl’s long term collaborator, has continued to bring all these iconic signatures to lifetime linking, quite literally, a house with legacy to precisely how women live now.