If the Chanel Spring-Summer 2020 runway is an accurate depiction of what’s to come from the Parisian fashion house, then there’s going to be a flap bag for nearly every outfit. What’s missing? Minaudières. Not one. Nor were there any Boys or Gabrielles. What was new? Not much: A clutch with ruffles and a vertical bag.
In other words, other than by omission, the designs stayed true to the Lagerfeld-era of Chanel handbags. Lovers of the (Lagerfeld-created) double CC logo will be pleased: that design figures prominently in most of the bags. Ready to hear our take on the new collection?
In designer Virginie Viard’s first solo show since the death of legendary predecessor Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel returned to the Grand Palais, the site of so many spectacular spectacles of fashion. (Read: Karl Lagerfeld, Beloved Chanel Couturier, Dies at 85)
The view this time was decidedly vertical—the setting replicated the gray zinc rooftops of Paris. Fashion tended to be more practical (as perhaps is needed atop a building) and wearable. In other words, nothing was really show-stopping. The same was true of the handbags.
Up and Down
One new shape was a zip-top cylinder, carried on the runway in an up/down mode. But don’t worry—longer straps should allow a horizontal hold.
This is a bag for branding, as all versions shown displayed “Chanel” in classic woven leather and chain. Be forewarned, you won’t fly under the Coco radar with this!
Another new look is ruffles on a handheld half-moon zip-top clutch. Frankly, we are not sure why; this move surprised us, as the design doesn’t exactly scream “Chanel.” Nor can we discern what the detail really adds.
All About the Flap
As for flaps, there’s nearly every kind you can imagine: big and small, leather and tweed, chain and leather straps, and more. The world of flaps is your oyster.
You’ll find lots of quilting, pops of red, classic and not-so-classic version. Options abound for handheld versus shoulder-worn, or both. A ladylike version even has a metal bar across the top.
Others appear to be the new 19 bag, with a thick chain handle and strap. Colors, prints, black… The variety is in the flap.
While there are individual pieces within the collection that we adore, we have to admit that we weren’t exactly thrilled with the new offerings as a whole.
Did the Chanel Spring Summer 2020 show raise the roof for you? Or are you a little less enthused, as we are, with the bags featured in the show? Anything on your list? Let us know below!
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