14 of the most unusual Chanel bags
Forget the 2.55 or the Boy bag. This gallery looks at the most unusual, unique and rare Chanel bags, from the Chanel Lait de Coco bag to the Hula Hoop bag and Lego clutch
Chanel Reissue 2.55 Mini Hanger bag
Inspired by the handbag-making process at the Chanel atelier, this twist on the signature Reissue 2.55 was released in autumn/winter 2016. The hanger detailing on top conceals a mirror on the reverse side.
Chanel Supermarket Basket bag
No accessory sums up the Chanel autumn/winter 2014 show quite like this luxury quilted chain-shopping basket. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a Chanel-themed supermarket with models walking through the aisles.
Chanel Hula Hoop bag
The spring/summer 2013 show saw the debut of the Hula Hoop, quite possibly the most outrageous bag Chanel has ever created. Coming in small and large styles, the fun-shaped accessory may not be the most practical, but it definitely makes a statement.
Chanel Lego clutch bag
Inspired by the classic childhood toy, this bright plastic box clutch is one of the fashion house’s most fun designs. Garnering a cult following, the style was released in a multitude of shades; later versions were adorned with crystals and tweed.
Chanel Robot bag
The star of Chanel’s spring/summer 2017 accessories collection is this super-cute robot bag. Complete with a smiling face and circuit board in the shape of the brand’s interlocking CC logo, this is the ideal bag for die-hard Chanel fans.
Chanel Lait de Coco bag
The supermarket theme of Chanel’s autumn/winter 2014 extended across the accessories collection, and this cute milk carton bag is just one example. Several other food items were turned into accessories and branded by Chanel, including a Reissue 2.55 that was encased in plastic film wrapping.
Chanel Spool minaudière
The Chanel autumn/winter 2016 show was inspired by couture, and what better way to celebrate the craft than with a bag shaped like a spool of gold thread. Never has haberdashery seemed so glamorous.
Chanel Je Ne Suis Pas En Solde box clutch
A feminist protest was the theme of Chanel’s spring/summer 2015 show, and even the accessories made bold statements in support of women’s rights. This hot pink one reads, ‘I am not for sale,’ another example of Lagerfeld’s tongue-in-cheek humour.
Chanel gold backpack
One of the rarest Chanel bags of all time, this metallic gold backpack was released by the French fashion house in 1991. With its all-gold hardware and gold logo detailing, this bag is the perfect example 90s luxury.
Chanel Playing Card minaudière
Chanel’s Pre-Spring 2016 collection was called Casino, and included bags covered in lucky-charm motifs as well as roulette wheels and playing cards. This minaudière features Coco Chanel as the Queen of Hearts, complete with pearl detailing.
Chanel Canvas Graffiti backpack
Cara Delevingne made headlines when she walked down the Chanel spring/summer 2015 catwalk carrying this backpack. Many couldn’t believe the fashion house had managed to turn the backpack into a luxury item, and the style soon became a major trend.
Chanel Keyboard pouch
Technology gets a chic makeover with this calfskin pouch from the Chanel spring/summer 2017 collection. Complete with a metallic robot bag charm, this bag sums up the futuristic feel of the SS17 show, which saw models wear robot helmets.
Chanel Colorama Flap bag
The Chanel spring/summer 2014 collection took inspiration from the art world, so it was only fitting that the iconic 2.55 bag receive an artist’s makeover. The bag was covered in watercolour swatches, with its trompe l’oeil quilting painted on by hand.
Chanel Girl bag
Designed to resemble a classic Chanel cardigan, the Girl bag was released in spring 2015 to mixed response. Some loved the trompe l’oeil style shoulder bag and saw it as a refreshing counterpart to Chanel’s Boy bag, while others weren’t convinced.