COCO’S GOT A BRAND­NEW BAG

THE SIM­PLY NAMED GABRIELLE IS CHANEL’S FIRST NEW HAND­BAG LINE IN SIX YEARS.

Austin Way - - SCENE | STYLE | SPACE - BY CON­NOR CHILDERS

Free­dom, com­fort, func­tion­al­ity— th­ese were the three re­quire­ments at the top of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s list when she cre­ated a hand­bag that merged prac­ti­cal­ity with style in 1955. Her idea for dress­ing the modern woman still rings true to­day, and it’s nowhere more ap­par­ent than in the new bag that bears her name.

Chanel’s creative di­rec­tor, Karl Lager­feld, in­tro­duced the Gabrielle bag dur­ing the brand’s Spring 2017 run­way show. It’s a de­sign mar­vel, fus­ing the slouch of a hobo-style hand­bag with a struc­tural bot­tom, re­sult­ing in a con­trast­ing sil­hou­ette that feels fresh and ex­cit­ingly new. In or­der to achieve this posh jux­ta­po­si­tion, the hand­bag is fit­ted on a rigid ther­mo­formed base, and the body of the bag is crafted from light and sup­ple quilted leather. Of course, Chanel also has per­fect taste in its muses, with Kris­ten Stew­art, Cara Delev­ingne, Car­o­line de Mai­gret, and Phar­rell Williams all help­ing to get the word out in an In­sta­gram cam­paign.

Avail­able in a range of styles (quilted back­packs, chic shoul­der bags, sturdy totes, and youth­ful bucket bags) as well as a mul­ti­tude of col­or­ways, the Gabrielle of­fers end­less style pos­si­bil­i­ties. We can’t help but think Coco her­self would be pleased. Neiman Mar­cus, The Do­main, 512-719-1200; chanel.com

THE GABRIELLE IS A DE­SIGN MAR­VEL, FUS­ING THE SLOUCH OF A HOBO-STYLE HAND­BAG WITH A STRUC­TURAL BOT­TOM.

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