Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born on August 19 in 1883 and, since the founding of the Chanel maison, the number 19 has remained significant to it. Not only have fragrance aficionados been gifted the ‘N°19’ collection, but now, the brand new ‘Chanel 19’ bag is accessorizing the Fall/Winter 2019 season.
But let’s backtrack. When it comes to icons, it was the Chanel ‘2.55’ bag that started it all back in 1955 and, in homage to the original design, the ‘Chanel 19’ bag follows the same shape, but with a few added differences. First, its structure is pliable, made from large diamond quilted tweed (or leather) and, this time, the instantly recognizable double C fastener comes in an XL size. It blends seamlessly into the tweed coats and suits in matching colors from the Chanel Fall/Winter 2019 ready-to-wear collection, making head-to-toe matching a distinct trend of the season.
Not only are there three sizes to choose from, but there are also two ways to carry it: either across the body or straight down. You could also try the belt-bag version that can be slung nonchalantly onto the waist for hands-free wear.
Chanel’s ability to constantly reinvent and modernize its classic, to entice with new offerings that are still resolutely familiar, is one of its most enchanting qualities. For Fall/Winter 2019, the essence of the ‘2.55’ bag is radiantly clear, but done in new fabrications and a delicious array of candy colors, the ‘Chanel 19’ bag is set to be an icon on its own. For a preview of the offerings, which land at Chanel boutiques in Dubai tomorrow, browse the gallery below.