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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chanel Paris-Moscow 2009 Handbag Collection Preview


After checking out the Chanel Fall '09 trunk show at my local Saks, I can safely say I've been bitten by the Chanel bug again. My excitement is largely due to the Paris-Moscow collection meticulously crafted under the watchful eye of Karl Lagerfeld himself. Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel's life-long interest in Russia, including her supposed amorous relationship with Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, Lagerfeld weaves a tapestry of Parisian elegance and tsarist Russian opulence in a way only the Kaiser and Coco herself could ever do.

The collection is luxurious and one-of-a-kind. My particular favorites (among too many to enumerate here) where a Kremlin rooftop-etched classic lambskin flap ($2900) as well as a pyramid-shaped quilted lambskin tote. Chanel collectors will definitely want to order the gold classic flap with metalized buffalo skin and dangling 'Fabergé' egg-like decorative pendant. These are but the tip of the iceberg for what Chanel is bringing us this fall. Call Luz, a fabulous and extremely patient SA, at Saks Dadeland in Miami (305-662-8655 Ext. 355/356) or e-mail her at luz_hoyos@s5a.com for ordering and pricing information.

Photos: Chanel.com

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4 Responses to "Chanel Paris-Moscow 2009 Handbag Collection Preview"
  1. Anonymous said...
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009

    Hi Dania-

    Any further thoughts on the pyramid quilted tote? I have seen both the black and white and they are beauties. A nice modern and edgier take on quilting that could lure in some non-Chanel fans that think the traditional quilting is too "old lady like." I wonder if this could work well from day to evening?

  2. Dania Padron said...
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009

    I feel the black version could very well be a great choice for a day-to-evening bag. It's subdued enough for daytime use, but the detailing is interesting and edgy enough to use at night. I'm a huge fan of this new Chanel quilted effect. I hope they continue it through to future seasons. It's quite chic.

  3. Anonymous said...
    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Dania, this may be a hard question for your to answer, but at least I know your answer will be a professional and unbiased one. I really like this bag, but am torn because I think as it being the first Chanel I would own, I should get a timeless classic flap in the black caviar. Maybe this is only because every fashion mag, blog, book, etc... says that a Chanel classic quilted bag is a timeless investment. So, does this mean that this tote is not that or would not be as versatile? Thanks in advance.

  4. Dania Padron said...
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    This is actually a pretty easy question to answer because I went through the same turmoil myself. I've bought three Chanel bags in the past and none of them were considered "classic" Chanel bags. While I completely agree that a quilted flap is the most classic Chanel bag and, therefore, a good place to start, not owning one shouldn't be a deterrent to buying another style you happen to like more. I know I'll definitely add a quilted flap to my collection someday, but I have plenty of other "classic" bags in my closet now to last me for some time. If you really love the pyramid tote, I can only say that there's a reason why you do, and it's probably a good one. The classic Chanel isn't appealing to you right at this moment. If it were, you wouldn't be this anxious about your purchase. Don't let others (including mags, stylists, designers and bloggers like me) tell you what you should own. We're just guides.It's up to you to buy a bag that makes you happy and helps you look great.

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