This collection was far more demure than what we’ve come to expect from runway shows and the over-the-top settings and themes Lagerfeld seamlessly presented season after season. Every item may not have been ideal for everyday wear, but there was a strong cohesion and playfulness that helped create some of the most memorable bags that quickly turned into collectors items. Viard has big shoes to fill as she discovers her own essence at Chanel, but if this collection is a look at what to expect, it will be far different from Lagerfeld.
A few classics were spotted with tonal metal hardware matching the bright blue and green leather. As for new designs, there was a cylindrical wristlet with a cursive Chanel logo in a few variations, one which switched out the chain strap for a ruffled one. A bag that will surely be coveted was a top handle bag that has classic nods to the house along with a metal bar a-top. A structured, almost hobo-like bag in a couple sizes graced the runway as well. The bags were pretty, but they were, dare I say it, a bit boring. Chanel will always have timeless classic bags for consumers to purchase, but it is the theatrical and whimsical bags that have wowed handbag lovers like us for seasons past. Many times we all thought Karl took his collections too literally, but fashion has always been a way to express oneself and have fun and Lagerfeld perfected just that which left us with some of the most memorable bags of the past decade.