Being young and in college certainly calls for us Fashionistas to try new and trendy things, especially when it comes to our accessories. We have the freedom to go all out and rock that hot pink studded clutch if we want to. But recently I have gotten the feeling that full on maturity is right around the corner. I have always seen my closet as a carefully edited and preserved collection and I recommend to the rest of you to begin collecting pieces for your wardrobe that you can see yourself wearing forever…even in coming years where we might have to actually call ourselves adults.
The first items on your “timeless” list could range from a beige trench coat to the coveted red-soled black pumps. But this Fashionista above had one of the top classics on her shoulder. A black quilted bag with a chain strap. I bet you have seen a purse just like this before and I hope you know where the inspiration for this classic comes from. If you don’t know, you could probably guess that it came from the mind of one of the most iconic and influential women in fashion, Coco Chanel. The Chanel 2.55 bag was revolutionary at its debut time and is still one of the most coveted bags in the world. It has inspired many imitations and copies, but as Coco Chanel once said, “I would shed tears the day no one copied me.” Almost every designer today has presented a quilted and chained handbag, including designers like Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff.
To put it simply, this classic could not get any better. The signature diamond quilting along with the metal chain strap makes the purse gleam with quality…even if it’s not worth an entire year’s salary. The high quality and class of the style of the purse allows it to be worn with anything and everything. The classic style of the bag can’t be made better, but it can be made different through anything from a bright red color, like this Forever 21 bag, to even the addition of bunny ears, like this purse online at ASOS. Any Fashionista could find a quilted and chained bag in any color or adornment that they could see fitting in with their own wardrobe and style. But if you are looking for the bag, I think you’ll know what bag to get now.
Spotted: Karl Lagerfeld has kept the traditions and essence of Coco Chanel alive in their iconic quilted bag. For fall 2013, he showed a multitude of quilted variations, but this double bodied purse exemplifies the growth of the design and the ability to build off of such a timeless classic.