Chanel bags are iconic for a reason, and their new Paris in Rome Métiers d’art collection of handbags proves why their beautiful bags are so coveted. With a stunning campaign featuring the wondrous Wonderland previous cover star Kristen Stewart (we love you), Karl Lagerfeld has united the effortless glamour of Italian cinema and that famous French elegance through both the decor he created for the legendary Cinecittà Studios and through this amazing collection.
The line of handbags features the iconic Chanel bag, the BOY CHANEL bag and models inspired by the art of film. The II Quadrato Chanel bag is an ultra-feminine box bag with a delicate shoulder chain with the classic octagonal/double C fastening. Coming in three sizes and various materials including quilted or embroidered lambskin, python, lizard or tweed, the II Quadrato Chanel has an array of beautiful, autumnal colour options, including black and burnt orange. The new soft leather section of the range has meant the complete reinvention of the classic 2.55 bag. Both chic and minimalist, and effortless modern, the bag comes in a range of timeless colours, including black, beige, brown, navy and burgundy.
The functional and aesthetic exactitude of Chanel is clear in all the styles, particularly in the BOY CHANEL bag, where it has been re-interpreted in herringbone-style velvet or a sophisticated two-tone leather. The iconic bag comes embroidered with beads and rhinestone or in the most adorable pink tweed. So cute. For evening wear, Chanel have created clutch bags in python, velvet or suede and are fastened with rings of black rhinestones, costume gems and natural pearls. The beauty of the bags isn’t at the expense of their practicality though; the zip up pocked hidden under the flap of each clutch is perfect storage. The camera bag is a kitsch dream. Made from the shiniest of black resins, it can be glittering with a rhinestone lens and inside hides a long leather strap that unreels like a roll of film. With Kristen Stewart as the campaign star, the bags of the Paris In Rome Métiers d’art collection are effortlessly sophisticated, cool, and Chanel to the core. We’ll take one of each.