Erase the notion of a perfect match for every outfit; Chanel is rewriting the style rules with its Cruise 2023 collection. Brace yourself because, in this collection, there's a bag – or bag-like accessory – for almost every ensemble. Seriously, over two-thirds of the looks were paired with bags! With such an array of choices, it's no surprise that there's a size, shape, and style to suit every taste. Interestingly, the iconic classic flaps were notably absent from this lineup. Chanel's latest creation, the Chanel 22, was also conspicuously missing. But don't fret; there are other head-turning pieces generating quite the buzz. We'll delve into those in a moment. 💼👛👝
🌸 PRETTY IN PINK 🌸
Regarding the collection itself, it graced the beachside backdrop of the glamorous and glittering town of Monte Carlo. Designer Virginie Viard paid tribute to sports, and yes, sneakers remain a major fashion statement for the season. Pink enthusiasts will be delighted to know that this rosy shade continues to reign supreme, amidst the backdrop of Chanel's signature black and white color palette. 💕🎾🌺
🚴 SPORTY SPICE 🏁
The collection's sporty theme seamlessly extended to the handbags, and it's no coincidence that these were inspired by the Monte Carlo scene. We spotted slot machine-themed purses perfect for a night at the famed Monte Carlo Casino, tennis bags in both regular and mini sizes, fitting for the April Monte Carlo Masters tournament, and even motocross-inspired pieces in honor of the upcoming Monte Carlo Grand Prix. 🎰🎾🏍️
Adorable and quirky, but perhaps not the top sellers. Nevertheless, we hope you're impressed by our sports knowledge! 🤓⚽
✨ CLOSE TO CLASSIC ✨
Now, let's talk about what truly captivated our fashion-savvy hearts. It's no surprise that this box-like flap adorned with leather and metal has left us awestruck. Undoubtedly, it will come with a substantial price tag. There's also a smaller, more affordable version for those who might be budget-conscious. In our humble opinion, this bag could achieve even greater allure if the metal half were swapped out for wicker. 🌟👜
Another delightful piece is a petite half-moon bag featuring a sturdy chain link handle, creating the illusion of a circle. In some ways, it's an elevated rendition of Chanel's iconic hula hoop bag. P.S. There's a mini version of this beauty that can be worn as a belt. 👝🌙
🌺 FABULOUS FLAPS 🌺
Chanel introduced flaps aplenty, designed for every conceivable occasion. Nevertheless, the truly classic flaps were in short supply, with only a tweed variant embellished with sequins and another adorned with floral appliqué.
But fret not – there's a plethora of alternatives to choose from. Feast your eyes on the crossbody and shoulder flap option as well. 👜💐
One particular purse ditches the diagonal quilting for small square puffs, a design perhaps inspired by the Bottega Veneta Cassette bag? 🧡
💄 VANITIES FOR VANITY 💄
Traditionally used as travel makeup bags, vanity cases have unmistakably gone mainstream, at least in Chanel's world, over the past few seasons. Cruise 2023 continues this trend, offering various shapes and styles – round, square, rectangular, and even basket-shaped options.
In a related but distinct category, several charming cubes (likely clutch bags with chains) grace the collection. They occupy a space between vanity cases and minaudières, though they may not hold much. 🧴🎨
🎳 FROM BEACH TO BOWLING 🎳
Whether you perceive it as a bowling bag or a doctor's bag, this shape is making a comeback in Cruise 2023.
What's your take on this collection? Do you concur that there's something to suit every taste? Which pieces, if any, top your wish list? Let us in on your thoughts! 💬🌟