10 ECCENTRIC CHANEL BAGS WE CAN'T GET OVER
While Chanel is one of the most luxuriously traditional fashion houses, known for quilted leather handbags and classic tweed suits, the brand is no stranger to funkiness and experimentation.
Creative director Karl Lagerfeld has played a large role in Chanel’s occasional turn toward the avant-garde, and over the years, Chanel seems to be getting bolder and bolder! We’re always on the very edge of our seats awaiting their newest creations. (Recently, we’ve been coveting the Gabrielle Bag, which blends tradition with novelty.)
In celebration of Chanel’s radical spirit, let’s take a look at some of the weirdest and most creative bags the brand has produced throughout the seasons, shall we?
1. Chanel Film Projector Buonasera Minaudiere Bag
Season: Pre-Fall 2016
Reatil Price: $13,000
We love this resin and brass bag because it’s just so fun. It’s playful, beautifully designed, and recalls an era of old Hollywood glamour.
3. Chanel Plexiglass Perfume Bottle Bag
Season: Cruise 2014
Price: $9,500 (Fetching for $17,000 Resale)
Since it was released, this has become Chanel’s most popular novelty bag. So popular, in fact, that Chanel recently released a new striped version.
4. Chanel Plexiglass Turtle Shell Minaudière Bag
Season: Cruise 2016
Price: Unknown (recently sold for $12,500 on a resale site)
This bag debuted on the runway in Seoul, South Korea, which is fitting considering that tortoise shells are traditionally used in Korean art. With a unique shape, the shell bag is beautiful, clean, and doesn’t take itself too seriously!
5. Chanel Lego Clutch Bag
Season: Spring/Summer 2013
Price: $9,450 regular; $14,500 with crystals
Inspired, of course, by the classic children’s toy, the Lego Clutch is the epitome of playful, while also staying close to a standard box clutch.
6. Chanel Matryoshka Doll Bag
Season: Paris-Moscow Collection, Pre-Fall 2009
Price: $6,000 originally; $9,600 in Pre-Fall 2010
This is a true collector’s piece! Inspired by traditional Russian nesting dolls and debuted on the Moscow Runway, this intricately-painted and historic clutch is the perfect conversation starter.
7. Chanel LED Boy Bag
Season: Spring/Summer 2017
Price: $6,900 small; $9,000 medium
When the lights are off, the LED Boy simply looks like a perforated classic Boy Bag: the perfect bag for when you want to switch from stand-out to classic!
8. Chanel Lait de Coco Bag
Season: Fall/Winter 2014
The Lait de Coco has become a cult favorite, fetching resale prices far above the original retail price. As far as strange Chanel bags go, the milk carton shape is certainly weird, but the bag itself is simple, and—dare we say?—almost elegant.
9. Chanel Brass Calfskin Grocery By Chanel Shopping Basket
Season: Fall/Winter 2014
Chanel made grocery shopping a little more chic with a Chanel shopping basket handbag. Made from brass and covered with calfskin, the basket.
10. Chanel Wind Power 'PM"
This bag went viral when it debuted on the runway with massive hoops the size of a standard hula-hoop (a size that never went into production). According to Karl Lagerfeld, the bag is meant for the beach because “you need space for the beach towel and then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it.” But we’re not sure if we’d park a leather Chanel bag in the sand…
ALL IN ALL:
As much as we love the classic Chanel staples (read: Chanel 101), we can’t help but also appreciate Chanel’s commitment to thinking outside the box.