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Willow Smith and CHANEL

The Young Trendsetter & her CHANEL’s GABRIELLE Bag


For the PARIS COSMOPOLITE 2016/17 Métiers d'art replica runway show, held in Tokyo on May 31st, Willow Smith the multi-facetted artist who is both a singer-song writer and actress, travelled to Japan. The young trendsetter walked through the streets of the Japanese capital with her CHANEL's GABRIELLE bag in quilted suede, in black, ecru or grey tweed, and even in metallic gold leather. Willow Smith notably discovered the Jinbocho, Yurakucho and Shinjuku neighbourhoods as well as Nezu-jinja, the Shinto shrine. 


June 7th, 2017


In February 1955 when Gabrielle Chanel created a handbag that freed up women’s movements, a bag with lines as beautiful as they were functional, she revolutionised the world of fashion and accessories. For more than 30 years Karl Lagerfeld has been continuing this tradition and enriching the legacy. Today he launches a new bag, CHANEL's GABRIELLE bag.

Introduced during the Spring-Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear runway show, this bag draws from the futuristic spirit of the collection with a mischievous wink to Gabrielle Chanel. Indeed, the designer was inspired by the shape of augmented reality glasses, and also by the binocular cases gentlemen would wear over the shoulder at the racecourse. We know menswear gave Gabrielle Chanel the idea to design, among so many other things, bags that were both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

This combining of beauty with practicality, of strength with elegance that characterises the CHANEL handbags, is perfectly embodied by CHANEL's GABRIELLE bag. Fitted on a rigid thermoformed base, the main body of the bag is extremely light and ultra-supple: this contrasting structure gives it perfect stability and enables women to find their belongings with ease. In tune with the search for comfort advocated by the founder of the House, it hugs the silhouette, moves with the gait and never hinders it. Its adjustable strap comes with a double chain interlaced with leather in both golden and silver metal. An original detail that allows for three different ways of wearing it: either over the shoulder, across the body or both at the same time, with the chain going over one shoulder and then diagonally over the other. It thus adapts to the wearer’s character, situation or mood.

Crafted from aged calfskin with a quilted body and a smooth base, in black or white unicolours or bicolours (black/white, navy/black, beige/black),CHANEL's GABRIELLE bag comes as a hobo version, itself available in three formats, a backpack, a large shopper and a supple purse contained in a rigid half-case. This purse exists in numerous versions: in addition to the leather version there’s black python and also vibrant shades of yellow, pink, red, blue and aqua. The lining is a garnet-hued cloth, the ultimate reference to the first-ever bags created by Gabrielle Chanel.

With CHANEL's GABRIELLE bag, Karl Lagerfeld renews the distinctive codes of the brand and perpetuates the history of a House: a beautiful tribute to its founder who always put comfort and women’s freedom at the heart of all her creations.