Monday, 24 September 2012

The CHANEL 2.55 Handbag

From the initial introduction of the iconic Chanel 2.55 bag in 1955 till today, Chanel handbags are one of the most sought after luxury accessories. For women everywhere the Chanel brand is synonym with class and style, which probably is why it`s one of the most reoccurring wished items in Santa`s letters. The Chanel 2.55 model is one of the most recognizable bags in the world and has been constantly reinvented in different colours and fabrics. It is said that Coco Chanel was inspired in the design of the bag by the quilted coats worn by horse racers. The chain strap was also one of the most revolutionary additions of that time because women were mostly holding their bags in their hands. And Coco Chanel being the practical woman that she was, realized that it`s quite difficult to juggle your bag with the champagne, appetizers, and the mandatory cigar. I know, first world problem! So one more reason to thank Ms. Chanel for her designs! 
 The original 2.55 bag had a flat lock also known as the “Mademoiselle Lock”, a singular chain, and was made of jersey and leather. The versions we see today in stores are mostly the ones reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld in the 80s. He added the double C lock and also the leather thread in the chain strap. When someone asks you to give an example of a timeless piece in fashion (and yes, being stopped on the street and asked by a random stranger this question is highly possible), the Chanel handbag is probably one of the first things that come into your mind (or at least in my mind). I think what makes them so attractive is the high attention to detail paid to each and every single piece as well as its versatility. Whether you choose to pair it with ripped-off jeans and a t-shirt or with an evening gown, this classic handbag immediately adds a touch of luxury to your outfit. 
And now I`ll leave you with some vintage photos of the Chanel 2.55.
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Alina Anghel.xx
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