Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Iconic Bags Named After Iconic Stars

The style makers, the trendsetters, the game changers, the icons of our time. You have to make a glittering splash on the fashion radar in order to have a designer brand name a bag after you. I thought it would be interesting to compare the very stylishly accomplished and modish ladies that each have a famous bag named after them.

Arguably the most famous of all namesake bags, The Hermés Birkin bag is also the most expensive, ranging anywhere from $10 000 to $150 000. The famous leather tote was named after French singer-actress Jane Birkin in 1984.

Lancel designed this bohemian suede and tassel 'Bardot' shoulder bag for 60's French actress Brigitte Bardot. It is said that the design was meant to mimic the curvaceous star.

Jason Wu was inspired by the 'classic-with-a-twist' Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld, and constructed a chic and modern crossbody bag after her. Forming part of his Fall 2012 collection, the leather framed bag retails at $1495.

It was only a matter of time before the world's highest paid supermodel was given her own handbag. Luella conceptualized the pretty and feminine 'Gisele' bag in 2002, along with leather heart motifs, an ode to the stunning Brazilian model.

Another Hermés favourite is the regal 'Kelly' bag, named after exquisite Hollywood actress turned royal princess, Grace Kelly. The design was incepted in 1935, and since then it still remains one of the most eminent bags of all time.

Leaving the last millennium of famous bags behind, there was a new It-Bag named after a new It-Girl. Alexa Chung was honoured with a luxurious leather satchel bag by British brand Mulberry in 2010, which became an instant bestseller at £750 each.

Although the Hermés Constance Bag was not initially named after Jackie O' Kennedy, as soon as she was spotted wearing it in 1969, it was given the nickname, the 'O Bag'. Gucci also designed a bag for the famous 60's fashion icon called the 'Jackie' bag.

A favourite of Lady Diana, the 'Lady Dior' bag by Christian Dior embodies class and refinement with a quilted leather design and metallic charms. Created in 1995, this illustrious top-handle case is still coveted by millions of fashion lovers around the world.

Most recent to join the list is songbird Lana Del Rey. This year Mulberry named a bag after 'Del Rey' with a classic inflated design that will never date. This one will set you back $1250.

Marc Jacobs encapsulated the charm & beauty of Canadian model Jessica Stam with a quilted leather creation in 2006. The 'Stam' bag, which features a brass chain handle strap & quaint vintage design, has been seen under the arms of many a celebrity and retails for about $1275.

Salvatore Ferragamo created the 'Sophia' bag in tribute to the enchanting Italian actress. Its elegant and simple design has become a favourite with many celebrities and Sophia herself. The approximate cost of the medium sized bag is $1690.

Which of these legendary leather keepsakes is on your wish list?

And who do you think the next It-Bag should be named after? 

I'd love to hear your insight...

*All collages by me with pictures via Google Images


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