Just when we thought the micro bag trend might be running out of steam, along came Chanel mini bags and blew the competition out of the water. On the last day of Paris Fashion Week, the famous French fashion house unveiled a slew of teeny-tiny bags as part of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection, which took place, as usual, in the Grand Palais, with models sashaying down the white runway in front of a huge Chanel version of the Hollywood sign.
Creative director Virginie Viard sent out a wide range of accessories alongside the clothing, which was mostly black and white with some pops of neon pink and blue. Ironically, it was the Chanel mini bags that caught our eye.
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While some of the Chanel mini bags were big enough to hold, say, a phone and a lipstick, the smallest editions were barely bigger than a credit card. These downsized versions of the classic Chanel 2.55 quilted bag (named because it was created in February 1955) came on a long chain strap and were slung across the body or fastened around the waist like a belt.
Others were worn like jewelry. One, which had a pearl-lined handle, came attached to a gold cuff bracelet, while another model sported an adorable 2.55 necklace.
Miniature bags have become popular in recent years, so we expect Chanel’s version will be a big hit with luxury shoppers come spring.
Another French brand, Jacquemus, is credited with kicking off the micro bag trend with the introduction of ‘Le Chiquito’, a leather top handle bag, in 2017, followed by the even smaller ‘Le Chiquiti’.
Since then, high-end and high-street designers alike have jumped on the miniature bag bandwagon and fashion girls have discovered the joy of not having to lug around a huge tote all the time.
Chanel’s miniature designs aren’t the smallest luxury bags, however. By our reckoning, that honor goes to Brandon Maxwell for the ludicrously tiny golden bag debuted on his Spring/Summer 2019 runway, and soon snapped up by supermodel and mini bag collector Gigi Hadid.