Friday, May 27, 2011
Chanel's Brand New Handbag Line "Boy"
Chanel's brand new line of handbags has violent origins – hunting for sport.
The house's creative director Karl Lagerfeld has announced the new collection will draw inspiration from an androgynous style based on a hunter's cartridge that founder Coco Chanel used to wear.
The brand's logo is stamped in relief into the bottom of the bags.
"Chanel used men's underwear to make dresses," Lagerfeld explained. "She had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life.”
The new line will consequently be called Boy.
Lagerfeld may have been inspired by Coco Chanel but he doesn't idolize the iconic women's designer.
In an interview, the ponytailed designer acknowledges that the iconic French designer broke ground but, really, "she didn't do as much as people think."
He said that other women clothiers were more groundbreaking but since Chanel lived the longest, she was able to shape her own legacy.
"Most importantly, she was a woman of her time," said Lagerfeld.
And still an inspiration, apparently.
The new handbags will be available in a palette of red, grey, and ivory glazed calfskin, with prices ranging from $2500 to $4300.