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The New Handbags That Are Karl Lagerfeld’s Posthumous Swan Song

By Renée Batchelor

Tung Pham. Styled by Michelle Kok

The Chanel 19 bag first made its appearance on the house’s Fall/Winter ’19 runways. Like its predecessor the 2.55, there is a significance to its moniker — the “19” references its birth year. Poignantly, it was also created by the late Karl Lagerfeld, along with current creative director Virginie Viard. Chanel’s classic signatures are all present: the quilting, the metal chain interlaced with leather and the double CC clasp. But a closer look reveals an update with striking, new features — oversized diamond quilting and a clasp that comes in an XL version no matter the size of the bag. The metal chains also come in a trio of finishes, including aged gold and ruthenium. Unlike the 2.55, the 19 has a supple structure and its chain length allows it to be slung straight on the shoulders or across the body. It also has an additional, large curb chain that allows it to be handheld. In striking spring-friendly shades like kelly green and bright orange, the 19’s three sizes reflect the needs of the modern woman — especially the belt bag version that can be strapped around the waist.

Chanel 19 waist bag in lambskin, S$5,300 and 19 bag in lambskin, S$8,270.
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