Runway Review: Chanel Spring 2008 Handbags ...

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Those uber-popular quilted Chanel handbags are about to get the heave-ho. The purses strutting down the runway at** Chanel’s Paris show** were a little more heavy metal than town and country chic, with mixed results. Think metallic purses with woven chain handles (loved it); futuristic geometric-shaped clutches; gigantic black satin bow-shaped bags (not my favorite); cowboy boot-esque black embossed bags; stylish metallic clutches with a repeating double C logo print; disco-tastic large sequined totes; and even mini red and yellow patent ankle bags that jokingly played on the house arrest/alcohol detector tags so many starlets are wearing these days. Purists will be relieved to know that there was a black quilted leather on display, although it featured a porthole in the center filled with Chanel logo buttons. Evening bags ran the gamut from mini bows to a white golf ball on a gold chain to sequins galore. The Americana theme fell flat for me, and not all of the purses **impressed, but I predict that the new **metallic handbag will be next season’s it bag.

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