They are used by first ladies and Hollywood stars: 5 designer bags that will never go out of style
Some handbags are featured in brand collections for a year or two, and then they are replaced by trendy models. Others win the hearts of women so much that they have not been out of production for decades: they have interesting textures and original prints that organically fit into any elegant look.
What bags are timeless and will be a profitable investment in your wardrobe? Find out in the OBOZ.UA article. From the Gucci product, which was renamed in honor of the stylish first lady, to the iconic Louis Vuitton model, which actress Audrey Hepburn suggested making more practical.
1. Dior Saddle Bag
The author of the asymmetrical Dior Saddle bag is John Galliano, the former art director of the Christian Dior fashion house. He presented this product in 2000, during the spring/summer collection show. At the same time, tabloids began to write that the man was inspired to create the saddlebag by the work of the scandalous photographer Helmut Newton, a 1976 photograph of a model on a bed, harnessed to a saddle. The designer himself has neither confirmed nor denied this information.
What makes the Dior Saddle Bag so desirable both in the noughties and now? Not only the creative shape, but also the variety of colors, prints, and materials. For example, denim, imitation crocodile skin and leopard hair, floral and newspaper prints, etc. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, socialite Paris Hilton, singer Beyoncé, actress Nicole Richie, supermodels Kate Moss and Heidi Klum, and other stars style their looks with this bag.
2. Hermès Birkin Bag
Can you imagine a designer bag named after you? For the British-French actress and pop singer Jane Birkin, this dream came true. And it happened by accident! In 1983, she boarded an Air France plane. Jean-Louis Dumas, the then CEO of Hermès, immediately noticed her and sat down next to her. Birkin began to complain to the man that her bag was not big enough to carry the essentials... It was this conversation that inspired Dumas to create the massive, yet intelligent Hermès Birkin Bag. As you can imagine, the designer "imprinted" the name of the inspiration in the name of the product.
This practical accessory went on sale in 1984. It is still popular today! It is used by former US First Lady Melania Trump, supermodel Heidi Klum, singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, and other famous beauties.
3. Louis Vuitton Speedy
The very first Louis Vuitton bag, the Speedy, was designed in 1930 as a smaller interpretation of the extremely popular Keepall bag at the time. The original size of the Speedy was 30 cm wide, which made it comfortable and roomy.
In 1959, the iconic actress Audrey Hepburn asked French designer Louis Vuitton to transform this travel bag slightly: from a massive one to a smaller one (one that could be used regularly, not just when traveling). He agreed. Thus, women were able to choose the most optimal size of Louis Vuitton Speedy (with a width of 25 to 40 cm). There were also more variations of the product: checkered, cherry-printed, with a Haruki Murakami pattern, etc. The Speedy bag was almost a must-have for many icons of the 1960s, and now it is in the home collections of Hollywood stars.
4. Gucci The Jackie 1961
One of the most stylish first ladies of all time, Jacqueline Kennedy, loved to wear accessories from the Gucci brand. Once she visited the boutique and bought six Constance handbags with different prints at once. Later on, the wife of US President John F. Kennedy was often photographed by the paparazzi wearing new Gucci products. It worked as an advertisement for the fashion house. So, in gratitude, its owners decided to rename the Constance handbag to Gucci The Jackie 1961.
Nowadays, you won't find this accessory with the same design as in the 60s. Over the years, it has been slightly changed: made larger, as well as expanded in color and prints.
5. Chanel Classic Flap Bag
This is a classic Chanel bag with a flap, signature chain straps and a clasp in the form of the brand's logo. Don't confuse it with the Chanel 2.55 wallet, which was created by Coco Chanel in 1955!
The Classic Flap was first introduced in the early 80s, when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was appointed artistic director of Chanel. It was he who updated the Chanel 2.55. He replaced the clasp with a Double C, added a leather stripe to the strap to match the bag, and transformed the classic diamond pattern into more voluminous quilted seams. Thanks to these design updates, today streetstyle stars use the Classic Flap not only with elegant but also with casual clothes.