Friday, 17 October 2008

The Chanel 2.55

With Christmas not too long away now, its time to start writing your Christmas wishlist…and top of mine is a quilted Chanel 2.55 bag!

The bag is named 2.55, as it was created in February 1955. This long standing Accessory is still a huge fashion 'must have' today, and is frequently seen decorating the arms of countless celebrities. The bag is versatile enough to be adapted to many different styles from day casual to career and evening wear. Here Alexa Chung looks stunning wearing hers combined with a 'typical Alexa' black satin bow dress.

Back in 1955 it was Coco Chanel herself with the bag on her arm, and nowdays it's no less than the beautiful Polish model Daria Werbowy who models the timeless Chanel 2.55. Yes it's all about iconic fashion!

Mischa Barton, Mary-Kate Olsen and Victoria Beckham are all devotee's of the quilted bag, and as you can see, it's not just black that makes a statement. The bag is also available in white, Gold, silver and red.

Sienna Miller and Lindsay Lohan both love their Chanel 2.55 handbag.

If you are interested in picking up one for yourself, then you will have to visit one of the boutiques as you cant get them online. It will be worth the journey though for the quality of service and gift-wrapping!

The bags retail in the early thousands, so if this is slightly out of your price range then you can always borrow one. Yes, you read right, you can now borrow designer bags from online sites such as You can pick up a Chanel 2.55 for around £70 a month.

Of course, if this is still a little out of your price range then the High Street has a number of interpretations available.

Not always an obvious choice but Dorothy Perkins are so on trend this season, especially with this patent Chanel inspired quilted bag for just £12!

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I really love this little number from ASOS, the lining of this offer is beautiful and really compliments this gorgeous patent oversized clutch, £39.

Topshop have also taken inspiration from the fashion house that invented the Little Black Dress with this Chanel inspired quilted bag

If you love Chanel as much as I do and you happen to live in the UK, then may I suggest you take a trip to Primark this week, they have a gorgeous tweed Chanel inspired jacket selling at £17 and beautiful quilted pumps in cream and black that just scream Coco! Just team with a plain white tee and your favourite pair of skinny jeans for a fantastic street look.

Post by Alexa Gilbert
London College of Fashion

In need of some Christmas gift inspiration? Then take a look at some of the stores below:

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