CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG - More than your Money's Worth
“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”- Coco Chanel
One of the trailblazers in the fashion world, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was a feisty woman and a force to reckon with. A free-spirited soul, she moved heaven and earth to create her mark in a world that was dominated by men. Living by her words, she once said, “Nothing is more beautiful than the freedom of the body”, and this surely reflected in her quest of establishing new sartorial choices that aimed at liberating women. Doing away with corsets and lace frills, she was instrumental in giving women’s couture a modern twist by introducing sailor shirts and wide-leg pants. Many of her silhouettes were gender fluid and androgynous because why should boys have all the fun, right? In this post, we decode everything what makes CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG one of the most iconic productions from the power house brand ever.
Keeping the feminine vigour in mind, she made the LITTLE BLACK DRESS an iconic piece, to be adorned and celebrated for years to come. 50 years after her death, she is eternally remembered as one of the most influential fashionpreneur of all time. Juggling among haute couture, prêt-à-porter, costume jewellery, perfumeries, and handbags, Coco, aka Gabrielle Chanel was an inspiration to many. Donning many hats, she built a legacy and a fashion empire, CHANEL, which still hails the tag of the most desirable and luxurious brand globally.
Speaking about their collection of handbags, their creations are just jaw-dropping. Some of us can only dream of owning such a prized possession, which reeks of such panache and élan. Presently owned by 2 brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, and having had Karl Lagerfeld as their chief designer from 1983 – 2019 (Virginia Viard succeeded Karl Lagerfeld as the Head designer, after the former’s death in 2019), the Chanel House has always taken inspiration from the past but led it into the future keeping the tastes of today’s buyers in mind. Isn’t it just a heart-warming way to pay homage to the Icon herself- a plethora of substance, poise, and beauty?
LAUNCH OF THE MUCH COVETED CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG
Since its inception in 1910, Chanel’s motto has always been to contribute to the equality and freedom of women’s rights, thereby redefining their quintessential style. Their range of handbags too, gives out the same message, which is evident in their designs. And, the beauty of it all is that they continue to shackle stereotypes even today, with their creations- it’s a boisterous kind of rebelling, you see. From the launch of Chanel 2.55 in 1955 and the modified Chanel Classic to the Grand Shopping Tote and the Chanel Boy among others, each of these handbags has been channeled to let women break the ceiling and flourish, therefore empowering and encouraging to soar higher and be unfettered.
One such collection that truly created a stir was the Gabrielle Bag, which was launched in the Spring-Summer 2017 Ready-to-wear runway show. Being the first major collection, since “The Boy” in 2011, it was based on the binocular cases that men wore over their shoulders during a polo match. The launch garnered a lot of appreciation and raving reviews because it was the first explicit unisex bag of the collection. Now, it goes without saying that, the structure and the design were more gender-neutral and accessible, and we too, absolutely applaud the fashion house’s efforts to continually honour the founder’s vision and remain so true to it.
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG
Banking on the theme of “We should all be feminists”, the brand threw in a video titled, Gabrielle, A Rebel at Heart,” as a wider spectrum of the “Inside Chanel” series, which basically celebrated Coco Chanel life with three simple, yet powerful verbs: to choose, to desire and be- free of life, thought and action. Uncovering themes of liberty, passion, and allure, their campaign starred Kristen Stewart, Cara Delvingne, and Caroline de Magret. But, it was truly Pharrel Williams’ involvement in the movie, which created a roaring stir and aplomb. Ladies, we might as well tell you at this moment that gone is the time of ingénue portrayals, for unisex fashion is here to stay! Isn’t that just revolutionary?
Coming to the most anticipated part of this post-the coveted Gabrielle itself! This handbag comes in a classic hobo version, which comprises of a small, medium, and large size. It plays diverse roles and serves as a backpack, large shopper, or a playful purse. Infused with the spirit of the founder, Lagerfield has done a fabulous job of ensuring that the bag depicts her iron lady persona.
He would always experiment with a contrasting structure, where the body is light, but the base is stable- a sweet juxtaposition of sorts, which also portrays Coco’s Chanel’s tough childhood, and how she took it in her stride and flourished. There’s a twofold function due to the double chain in metals in gold, silver, and ruthenium tones. Adding a finishing touch, and giving it a lifelike poise, would be the steadfast zip and the bejeweled CC jewel, thus creating a balance and putting in a little spunk and sparkle. In her words, this definitely is the epitome of what she believed- “A girl must be two things: classy and fabulous.”
CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG – A PRESTIGIOUS POSSESSION
You know when they say that it costs to be fancy and the cynosure of all eyes, right? We think that the Gabrielle totally lives by that phrase. Hailed as the most prestigious possession in the fashion world, it’s bound to be super exclusive. Available in several colours such as a blue and white tweed bag, neutrals like white, black, and champagne, various hues of pink, and the more dressy ones such as gold and silver, these hobo bags are very functional and easy to usage. The storage capacity always differs with the size. The idea behind its ostentatious creation is that it was inspired by the future and even the menswear brand Jockey.
Their signature style or identifier is maintained by the usage of aged and smooth calfskin, a caroused, and a distressed texture. With later remodels and editions such as the 2019 collection, they experimented with other fabrics such as the denim model, which was quite stark from the others. In the same year, they came out with a limited pink calfskin bag which was encrusted with distressed quilted diamond (how cool is that, you guys!). Touching upon some of their features, this bag actually proves to be quite multipurpose. With a tricolour chain strap, to play around with and experiment with carrying it, the zipper is actually located at the top of the bag.
It is decently sized to host an iPhone 8, an inner compartment to keep some valuables and cosmetics, but it is the key holder that is the winner out here. To ensure sturdiness, the base has a mini arch, like a gondola. On the flip side, there are no foot hooks, so one has to be super careful while putting it on the floor. Also, the opening is a little smaller, making it a tad bit inconvenient. Interestingly, we can come up with more than three ways to adorn it too. Monetarily, the price ranges from $3,900-$5,500 for the different sizes. It is available at the Chanel store, globally.
Meghan Markle carrying a Chanel Gabrielle Bag
Never mind these quirks; this purchase is quite the steal, and definitely a noteworthy possession or something to aspire towards. To sign off, all you young girls reading this, get dreaming and activate yourself. Aspire to inspire, always!
Leaving you with that note.