At the risk of sounding cliché, for as long as I can remember and like so many other women before me, I have longed to have my very own authentic (I had a fake one for years) Chanel handbag, any Chanel handbag. So you can imagine my excitement at seeing pictures from the label’s most recent s/s 2013 Paris Fashion Week offering on Tuesday, until I came across the new hula-hoop bag that is.
A more superficial fantasy of mine, after all they can easily set you back a couple grand, much like the timeless Chanel suit, their iconic quilted bags never go out of style and can be dressed up or down, making it the definition of a great investment piece. However, the unveiling of their latest hula-hoop handbag has raised a few sceptical eye-brows with the likes of Vogue, Grazia and Marie Claire magazine all passing comments this week.
Not that catwalk fashion has the best reputation for being especially practical, but there was still some confusion among the fashion reporting elite over head designer, Karl Lagerfeld’s recent decision to attach an awkwardly placed, crescent shaped, signature quilted bag to two hula-hoop like structures.
In response to the recent handbag backlash, Lagerfeld was quoted as saying (or rather appealing that we), “Don’t take things too seriously”. Now we know to take the new hula-hoop bag with the proverbial pinch of salt, we can stick to drooling over the more classic Chanel handbag designs.