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Chanel 2.55 Bag
Everything Karl Lagerfeld touches turns to gold (see The Decade in Karl for more on that), and the classic 2.55 bag he reissued on its 50th anniversary in 2005 is no exception. Not unlike the Hermès Birkin, it never went out of fashion, exactly, but before K.L. got his hands on it, it attracted an older, more conservative crowd. Now the quilted leather classic with the long chain strap is a front-row staple, as well as being sported by the likes of Karolina Kurkova.
Louis Vuitton Multicolore Monogram Bag
"So very kawaii [cute], it";s going to drive young women everywhere utterly nuts." How right we were about Marc Jacobs"; Spring 2003 collection for Louis Vuitton. The Multicolore bags made in collaboration with multitasking pop artist Takashi Murakami were such instant classics that the first shipments never hit sales floors: All the bags were pre-sold. (Naomi Campbell presumably had hers hand-delivered to her hotel room in the middle of the night.) As the designer told us recently, "bringing Murakami to the people via a handbag was a great thing"—apparently to the tune of $300 million.
Balenciaga First Bag
The First bag made its debut with the Spring 2000 Balenciaga collection, and before you could say "Nicolas Ghesquière," it was being slung over the slender arms of Kate Moss, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Chloë Sevigny, to name just a few. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Motorcycle, as fans have dubbed the perennial favorite, Ghesquière whipped up a new, limited-edition version in animal-print ponyskin, which hit Balenciaga boutiques in July. Canter, don";t walk.
Goyard Saint Louis Tote
Logo-mania faded in the early half of the decade, with hardware (see Chloé";s Paddington bag) elbowing initials out of the spotlight. Goyard";s Saint Louis tote, though, never lost its luster. The colorful coated canvas bag";s hand-stamped chevron pattern has outlasted all those studs, chains, and padlocks (which, you";ll notice, have lately been replaced by simpler, cleaner styles). Like the 157-year-old French brand that makes it, the Saint Louis is a classic with insider appeal—and with your initials hand-painted on the side, truly one of a kind.
Chloé Paddington Bag
Phoebe Philo";s Celine Classic bag is the must-have of the moment, but back in 2005, it was her Paddington bag for Chloé, with its pebble-grain leather and signature oversize padlock, that the fashion cognoscenti just had to have. The paying public, too: When Net-a-Porter went live with a shipment, the online shopping site famously sold 376 of the $1,500-or-thereabouts bags in 36 hours.
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