5 things we love about Chanel's new Gabrielle bags
Loco for Coco
1. It's inspired by both the old and new
Unless you're on a self-imposed social media ban, you'd know that Karl Lagerfeld pulled off yet another genius runway that had showgoers obsessed and voyeurs intrigued. #ChanelGroundControl was fall 2017's testimony to a heritage house's love affair with all things modern — without forgoing decades of rich history. This very notion is also the charm embodied by Chanel's new accessory, the Gabrielle. Featuring a hard leather base shaped like both the augmented reality glasses of the 21st century and the binocular cases gents would carry to the racecourses of yore, behold: Something old and something new.
2. It incorporates one of Coco's favourite colours
The stories behind Mademoiselle Chanel's designs are nothing short of fashion legends. Like the Reissue 2.55's discrete compartment used to tuck away love letters, the linings of the Gabrielle range borrows the deep red hue that Coco favoured for the bags she designed in her early days.
3. It comes in three versatile shapes
Monsieur Lagerfeld knows all too well that there is no one Chanel woman. From chic millennials to elegant ladies, the house's spring 2017 release sates a gamut of styling needs. Take your pick from the Gabrielle shopper, drawstring crossbody and our personal favourite: The all-black backpack, poised to be a quirky day-to-night companion.
4. It's made to be carried all day, everyday
Contrasting the hard leather base is a soft, quilted lightweight body that brings a softness to the bag's silhouette with minimal weight, allowing it to be worn with ease from dawn to dusk — music to the ears for the woman on-the-go.
5. You don't have to choose between silver and gold hardware
There's the quintessential question that comes with purchasing a Chanel bag: Understated silver or statement gold hardware? The Kaiser has introduced a genius solution, such that the dilemma will now be a thing of the past. Designing each Gabrielle variation with a combination of both gold and silver chains, his modern harnesses carries the best of both worlds in one covetable range.
The Gabrielle bags will be available in Chanel boutiques end March 2017.