COCO’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG

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

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The sim­ply named Gabrielle is Chanel’s first new hand­bag line in six years.

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 of 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, merg­ing 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, King of Prus­sia Mall, 610-962-6200; chanel.com

HERE AND TOP LEFT: The new “it” bag from Chanel hit the run­way at the brand’s Spring 2017 show. ABOVE: Poppy Delev­ingne, English model and sis­ter of Chanel muse Cara, sports the Gabrielle back­pack. LEFT: An ar­ray of el­e­gant Gabrielle bags ($3,000–$4,000) in mixed ma­te­ri­als and clas­sic col­ors.

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