Fendi bag bugs 2015 – seemed to be one of the hottest themes in the streets during fashion month just a few weeks ago! However, Financial Times fashion editor Jo Ellison called them “… an accessories line of kitsch ephemera that has gained a cult following among street-savvy-girly types “.
Isn’t it tolerable to wear something “cute” as a grown up? Does wearing such a bag bug scream please don’t take me serious I am a teenager in a woman’s body?
I totally adore this photo from Paris Fashion week just a weeks ago. The Chanel camera bag and the Fendi bag bug with the owl shaped face really cool! picture found on https://www.pinterest.com/stylecloseup/handbags/
“Fashion is dead, its all about bags, shoes, maybe scarfs and some jewelry.” Thats what a friend of mine told me some time ago. This made me think for a long time … Well, certainly he is right, today there are It bags that are worn on the runway, than they are worn by the hip crowd attending fashion month, they are worn by celebrities sometimes even on the red carpet, they are advertised … they exist longer than a season … they are reworked again and again. At some point all of us everyday fashionistas start to dream of them, to save for them, to hunt for them and finally splurge on them. Often we are happy with our purchase until one pretty day we see them everywhere around us, look alikes pop up at much lower price points … and finally we are so fed up with our once beloved item that we don’t want to wear it again. We tuck it in the back corner of our shelve ensuring ourselves that we’ll certainly dig it out in just a few seasons. But deep inside we know that the item is dead. It has lost everything that made it special. We’ll never wear it again!
So what about clothing? “Clothing? For that I go to Zara, HM, TopShop and sometimes Uniqlo. Its super easy to find cool clothing with a good price, but for the accessories you have to splurge!” That’s what another friend told me.
As I am certainly a little bit of what French model Caroline de Maigret calls “… a contrarian by nature …” I started to refocus my attention. As much as I love accessories but with all the hype around them they easily become overexposed. Its different with fashion. You rarely talk about the pants of the season. And in case you really bought something great that you really love you can almost wear it forever – one day its vintage but still great!
So let’s talk a little clothing today! To be more precise let’s analyze the most recent creations of my personal master of pants – Nicolas Ghesquière!
Nicolas Ghesquière might well be responsible for the current flared pants trend that’s emerging fastly. His cruise 2015 collection for Louis Vuitton was heavy on full length flared styles, picture https://www.pinterest.com/stylecloseup/flared-pants/
Last Tuesday WWD reported that Chanel is about to increase prices for Chanel 2.55 flap bags, Boy bag and 11.12 bag by 20% in the European Union come April 8th while dropping them in China immediately.
Beeing a loyal fan of the brand for so many years I felt devastated. How the hell could they do something like that to all their European customers? Many of my friend had the same feelings and felt certainly a little betrayed. Having a more detailed look on the matter and discussing things with my husband I soon started discovering that there hasn’t been a real chance for Chanel! The Euro has dropped against the Dollar as much as 11% within recent times. Chanel and many other European luxury products have always been between 30 and 60% more expensive in China than in Europe. With the drop of the Euro the price difference has increased further. As a matter of fact the black market trade, which means people buying bags in Europe and reselling them in China has exploded. Of course not all of them traded with the real thing. Consequently, a huge mistrust against Chanel products had emerged in China, thus undermining the brand image on a global scale.
So Chanel might not have betrayed its European customers while trying to protect the brand image on a global scale, but certainly the price increase stimulates us Europeans to look around and search a little deeper to find options! In a previous post I already told you about the Boy bag, which is only 4 years old – so not a real heritage thing, and tried to show you some alternatives. Lets talk Chanel 2.55 this time!
This is likely to be one of my favorite fashion pictures as it combines my top style icon Emmanuelle Alt and my top handbag the Chanel 2.55 flap, picture https://www.pinterest.com/stylecloseup/emmanuelle-capucine-geraldine-co/
The official fashion month, the marathon of presentations of womans fall 2015 collections traveling from NYC to London to Milan and Paris is officially over. Insider feelings towards the collections seem mixed. Anna Wintour, the iconic editor in chief of US Vogue, praised them in a recent style.com interview as an epitome of individuality. However, Business of Fashion sees a certain risk for brands to loose their own identity while trying too hard to please too many different tastes.
Well one thing is for certain – we are departing more and more from the era of judging a bag or shoe or whatever by the logo attached. We finally start to look beyond the surface and choose things depending on quality, wearability and of course the price.
That said today was a shocking morning. Shocking for all Euro countries. And happy for all the people in China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Russia! Buro 24/7 reported that Chanel, one of my favorite French brands, will adjust its prices worldwide starting April 8th 2015. So what does this adjustment mean? All people in the US, UK, Canada and Japan can relax. According to Business of Fashion (BoF) they won’t be affected. Chanel is about to reduce the price in China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Russia while elevating it in the EURO countries by 20%. Take the Chanel Boy bag as an example its about EUR 3 100 now and going to be around EUR 3 720 come April 8th. Other iconic bags like the 2.55 and the new 11.12 will be affected as well. By the end of 2015 the price adjustment will cover the entire Chanel portfolio!
So it feels that Chanel is really helping us to look beyond and search for alternatives! But are there real alternatives to Chanel? Let’s start with the Boy Bag today!
The first Chanel Boy bags were introduced for fall 2011, picture https://www.pinterest.com/stylecloseup/chanel-obsession/
“I buy their leather goods, not the clothes.” That’s what a loyal customer of a famed Parisian luxury brand told The Wall Street Journal last week outside of a store. OK, the brand in question wasn’t Chanel but Hermes and the reason for the interview was the appointment of Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski as Hermes new creative director for womans wear. But somehow I feel that the same situation might have occurred outside of the Chanel empire on 31 rue Cambon just a stone throw away. Its bags and some espadrilles, for sure, that draws people into the store. But lets face it Chanel is a couture house and the brands history is deeply rooted in fashion rather than bags and wallets! So wouldn’t it be a shame just to look at the Chanel bags and ignoring the clothing! Even if its just for the sake of inspiration, having a careful look at Chanel fashion is always worth it!
For fall 2015 Karl Lagerfeld continued the story of kid suede pieces he had started on the Boulevard Chanel themed spring 2015 runway, picture style.com
- soon on chanel.com , check out the show video in the meantime – its a must
OK, the Brasserie Gabrielle themed Chanel fall 2015 show did not make it into Business of Fashion’s (BoF) top 10 shows of the season. Although Tim Blanks from style.com considered the latest “Brasserie Gabrielle” collection as one of the strongest RTW showings of the brand in a while many of the commentators on the page did not agree. The show was criticized as being old fashioned, costumy and staged in front of a theme park backdrop.
Personally, I am more than happy that the show marked a departure from the more flashy outings of the brand for fall 2014, the supermarket show, and spring 2015, the Boulevard Chanel show. Fashion is a fast paced field and the danger for all of us everyday fashionistas is that we spend a huge amount of money on a piece thats too recognizable and one season. A piece that we do not want to carry over into the next season. Or even worse we do not manage to incorporate it well into our wardrobe. The item is more wearing us than we are wearing it. So for me the very essence of Chanel is classiness, things that can be worn for decades and can be passed down from generation to generation. I love Chanel not because its in fashion, but because it never goes out of fashion! Considering that the collection was fully packed with incredible treasures! So lets discover them!
A lot of beautiful timeless classic jackets will hit the Chanel stores come September 2015, pictures style.com
As soon as fashion month has come to an end the first controversies start to take over the press. Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), one of the leading fashion industry newspapers, writes about international buyers satisfaction with the broad range of styles shown on the Parisian catwalks. But exactly this diversity of styles seems to bother journalists from Business of Fashion (BoF), who feel that it undermines the coherence of a collection and the story behind it.
Chanel’s fall 2015, which had been presented last Tuesday featured over 90 different looks and was by far the biggest collection shown during fashion month. The story behind the collection “Brasserie Gabrielle” was crystal clear even for someone without any fashion interest – many different people gathering at a public place the brasserie. So isn’t choosing a theme that screams for diversity of the outfits worn by the models a more than clever way to present many different styles without sacrificing the story?
For Chanel it seems to work! They manage to entertain us season after season with the runway show and make us look forward to the arrival of the collection in stores about 6 months later. I already provided an insight into the new runway bags and the only shoe shown for fall, so lets continue with the Chanel costume jewelry!
Fall 2015 – another round for the Chanel chain link necklace. pictures found on style.com
- soon on chanel.com in the meantime the show video is really a pleasure to watch!
If someone would ask me about shoe trends the first thing I might mention would be … flats, especially sneakers and Oxford shoes and combat boots … Digging a little deeper there is another questions – the question about heels? I mean they aren’t out of fashion? Is there a trend regarding heel shape? Browsing the spring collections of major brands like Louis Vuitton (You simply have to check out their spring 2015 ankle boots with a heel shaped like a monogram flower! louisvuitton.com), Gucci or Saint Laurent it becomes obvious that the trend says square heel above stiletto. And what about the heel hight? Well kitten is certainly back! Nicolas Ghesquière showed it on the Louis Vuitton fall 2015 runway yesterday in Paris and Alexander Wang introduced it for Balenciaga fall 2015. So why not mix both the square and the kitten trend and add a good portion of heritage?
The chanel two tone pumps from the fall 2015 runway seem to come in different textures including a suede shoe with fabric toe cap and a leather style with suede toe cap, pictures found on style.com
- soon on chanel.com and don’t forget to watch the show video in the meantime
… the strongest ready to wear showing from Chanel in a while according to style.com’s Tim Blanks. Everyday clothing with a hidden twist providing a … reality check for the fantasies of high fashion … according to Suzy Menkes. Well Chanel fall 2015 womans collection, which was shown in Paris yesterday and hitting stores beginning of September seems to have polarised the fashion press once again. As always the show was highly themed. This time an imaginary French brasserie, Brasserie Gabrielle provided the backdrop. So enough of the general talk, all these things have already been discussed in length elsewhere on the internet. Lets start looking at the details. And what better thing to start with than the handbags!
For fall 2015, the Brasserie Gabrielle themed show, Chanel Boy bags were reinterpreted inspired by the brasserie waiters uniforms, the mosaic floors of brasseries or the outdoor chairs of these restaurants, pictures found on style.com
- soon to be seen on chanel.com (… and don’t forget to check out the show video!)
Paris fashion week, the presentation of womans fall 2015 collections, is coming to a close this week. However, since the advent of the internet and social media the attention is not just focused on the runway. There is an equal interest in street style, which shows what people wear while attending the shows.
So yesterday, on international womans day Phoebe Philo presented her fall 2015 collection for Celine (you can have a look at all the runway pictures on style.com). For all those who haven’t heard a lot about Celine before. Its a French, to be more precise Parisian heritage brand, founded in 1945 as a children’s shoe business. Today the brand is designed by Phoebe Philo, whose core approach is minimalism above glamour and sensuality above sexuality! The idea behind her recent collection was easy to explain – it was to define a glamour for the Celine woman. So the collection will hit stores in September lets have a look what’s around Celine wise at the moment!
The Celine tri fold bag was very popular among the street style crowd during fashion month in February and March 2015, picture https://www.pinterest.com/stylecloseup/handbags/