MAMA’S GOT A BRAND-NEW BAG

AC­TU­ALLY, VE­GAS’S FA­VORITE SONG­BIRD, CÉ­LINE DION, HAS MORE THAN 200 COM­ING IN FALL, AND YOU CAN AL­READY BUY A FEW.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY AN­DREA BEN­NETT

Ac­tu­ally, Ve­gas’s fa­vorite song­bird, Cé­line Dion, has more than 200 com­ing in fall, and you can al­ready buy a few.

Cé­line Dion’s style star is burn­ing brighter than ever (thanks to a lit­tle risk-tak­ing and celeb stylist Law Roach). So when she met the press at Project Las Ve­gas in Fe­bru­ary wear­ing a heart-stop­ping Schi­a­par­elli haute cou­ture romper, we cheered that her bag cost only $298. Oh, and that it car­ried the Cé­line Dion brand. Here’s what you must know now about Dion’s new bags:

They’re drool-wor­thy and af­ford­able. Clutches from the mu­sic-themed col­lec­tion run about $80 and hand­bags around $300. She car­ried a black Oc­tave bag—the pièce de ré­sis­tance of the col­lec­tion—a dou­ble-han­dled satchel bag with a re­mov­able shoul­der strap and brushed gold hard­ware. The col­lec­tion is priced ac­ces­si­bly be­cause she wanted it to be within reach of her fans—and to ful­fill im­por­tant func­tions like not spilling out while you are do­ing every­day Cé­line things like rid­ing roller coast­ers. All are made in but­tery soft leather—and a

few in ve­gan leather—by lug­gage gi­ant Bu­gatti Group. In Septem­ber, her whole line of 200 hand­bags, wal­lets, and ac­ces­sories will go on sale (al­though she’s stay­ing mum for now on ex­actly where they’ll be sold). But you can al­ready buy four pieces—in­clud­ing Oc­tave—on ce­line­dion.com.

Her fa­vorite is also our fa­vorite. “I love them all, but I love this one so much—can I say that?” she asks, pulling out the Vi­brato tote, a hor­i­zon­tal quilted sheep­skin, mul­ti­pocket bag with a light-gold clo­sure. “It opens far, and we all have the prob­lem: If I buy a small purse, it’s full. [So] I’m go­ing to buy my­self a big­ger purse—it’s still full.” She’s all about prac­ti­cal touches: Vi­brato, and other hand­bags in the col­lec­tion, have metal feet on the bot­tom to pro­tect the bags from dirty floors.

She’s bring­ing back the fanny pack. Dion, a mother of twins, thinks a lot about moms—work­ing moms, stay-at-home moms, and nat­u­rally, moms (like her­self) who ride roller coast­ers. “Now sud­denly they pull the thing down, and you need to get some­thing out and you can’t,” Dion laments of the roller coaster. “You can wear [the fanny pack] and you can move it around.” We’re will­ing to wear an enor­mous, ex­pand­able black fanny pack on a roller coaster if it says cé­line dion on the front.

Don’t ex­pect her to stop at hand­bags. “My dream file is now many draw­ers,” she says, full of in­spi­ra­tion tears and sketches of “jew­elry, fan­tas­tic cakes, party ideas, ties for men, boots and shoes, makeup.” She’s hop­ing to ex­tend her life­style brand into all sorts of af­ford­able items. “Like the songs I sing—i want peo­ple to think I’m ac­ces­si­ble and reach­able.” We would like to wear Cé­line jew­elry while eat­ing Cé­line cake.

“LIKE THE SONGS I SING, I WANT PEO­PLE TO THINK I’M AC­CES­SI­BLE AND REACH­ABLE.” — cé­line dion

WOMEN IN­FLU­ENCE

Cé­line Dion wore Schi­a­par­elli haute cou­ture and car­ried her own Oc­tave bag to a press con­fer­ence in Fe­bru­ary.

clock­wise from top: The sound­wave-em­bla­zoned run­way at Dion’s press con­fer­ence echoed a de­sign el­e­ment in her bags; Dion’s fanny pack, avail­able in Septem­ber; the Opus, in faux suede and ve­gan leather; Your Ada­gio might be the fan­ci­est duf­fel on the plane.

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