Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Holy Grail of Fashion

Status symbols come in many forms depending on the person: for a balding, middle-aged man, it might be a tall, pretty 20-something girlfriend; for a new mom it might be some kind of high-tech stroller; and for the average fashion-conscious girl, it's a Chanel bag, every time. 

A Chanel bag is a woman's way of saying "Hey everybody, look at me!! I'm classy and better than everyone, so fuck you!" It's an elite group of people who "summer" and go to Fashion Weeks and sign prenups, and now, I belong to it.
Naturally, as I imagine I'll only take this baby out for very special occasions and eventually want to pass it down to an equally self-absorbed fashion-obsessed heir of mine, I wanted something classic, which is why I opted for the quilted black foldover bag with gold hardware. This is from the 2012 Fall collection, so there's an extra touch that sets it apart from everyone else's status symbol: the chain link hand strap.
I was initially weary of the chunky chain strap--I thought it took away from the classic-ness of it all--but when the sales woman told me I could rest it over my wrist and wear it almost as a bracelet, I didn't stand a chance. It was almost like Chanel was running a BOGO campaign: buy one bag, get one bracelet free!
 Of course, Chanel doesn't do "BOGO". It does gold hardware and lambskin leather...
 ...the classic crossed "C" logo latch...
 ...and elegant ruby interiors.
What I'm saying is, Chanel does the Holy Grail of fashion.
 The bag that's often imitated...
 ...but never duplicated.
And now I have one. I can only imagine this is what it feels like to have a child. Except better.
 What's YOUR Holy Grail of Fashion item??? 

18 comments:

Gayla said...

Gorgeous! You made me laugh at the end with the better than a child comment. Fortunately for you, I wouldn't know! Your first place standing in my heart is still intact! Enjoy your bag!

Meg O. said...

Well, shit. I guess you're officially EXPONENTIALLY cooler than me now.

But seriously, I am SO jealous! That bag is beautiful!! I have always wanted a quilted Chanel bag. ALWAYS.

Jenna | The Paleo Project said...

It's beautiful, and probably costs as much as raising a child, so it is the same. Is this your first?? CONGRATULATIONS IT'S A GIRL

Corey said...

I always thought the Chanel quilted purses were sooo cliche. But now that you are giving me an up close and personal look -- I think I need one. I feel so bad for my bank account.

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

In one word...jealous.

So pretty/classy/chic/timeless! great choice!

xx,
Erin

christin said...

I am so jealous. You have no idea.

christin said...

I am so jealous. You have no idea.

Lottie Simm said...

how gorgeous is that bag--i think i am drooling on my keyboard.

Hannah said...

Sosososososo jealous. Yours is the first I've seen like this!

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Blue Dog Belle said...

Jealous doesn't even begin to cover what I'm feeling right now. Gorgeous bag. I think it was a fabulous choice.

Cara said...

What is your address? I'm coming to steal it.
You are so right about what a Chanel bag says. Its just the one brand that is timeless. Everything Chanel is timeless. This bag is amazing and I'm so jealous.

Laura said...

She's gorgeous! Congratulations!

--Laura
http://caffeintaedpinkaholic.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Delicious.

My holy grail are my Christian Louboutins. I love walking around and inwardly screaming I HAVE $1500 ON MY FREAKIN FEET!!!

Sadly, very few people even notice...

Samara said...

My holy grail of fashion item would DEFINITELY be the Proenza Schouler PS1. No question or hesitation whatsoever.

Rock and Sole said...

Oh hello lover! What's not to love about Chanel. Absolutely gorgeous.

Annalilly said...

Gorgeous bag - and I love the top handle.

Angela Celio said...

So so so jealous! Beautiful!
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M. Flynn said...

I'm just looking at these photos again and realizing that I never commented when you initially posted this! That bag. I feel so lucky to have seen it in real life!

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