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    Totally Purse Obsessed Alicia's Avatar
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    Default The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino


    To some, the bow is a cutesy, feminine little twist while to others, it's one of those tacky adornments that's often referred to as a bride's maid's nightmare. But lately, we've seen designers such as Valentino add a stylish bow to some of their handbags and smaller purses or clutches. And honestly, I use to be on the other side, in total fear of my future bride's maid dress having one of those gigantic bows on the lower back. Ok, so how does that relate to handbags? Well now, after seeing the latest bow trend emerge from high end handbag designers like Valentino and Chanel, I've completely changed my view. They've taken this trend to a totally different level by minimizing the tackyness and turning a giant sized bow into a purse. So let's now talk about the Valentino Bow Clutch vs the Chanel Satin Bow bag.

    We'll start with the Chanel version since it came out first. When I saw this bag after it's debut, I loved it. A huge giant sized satin black bow with detailed pleating, a touch of classic Chanel diamond shaped quilting, and new-style CC closure - it seemed like such an elegant, more formal bag with an emphasis on feminiity, obviously, from the oversized bow shape. And also, the chain strap added a true Chanel feel to this piece. The size of this one is on the bigger side, measuring 19" by 16" with a 9" strap drop length. But honestly, I don't know how I'd feel carrying this one all dressed up for an event or special occasion. I pesonally think it would have been better suited as a smaller bag. And what's the price tag on this one? Well, I'm not sure of the exact price but there is currently one on ebay going for $2,100. Now I definitely would never pay that much for this, unless of course I had the money to blow.

    After every original design, those that are inspired by it are always just around the corner. With that said, it looks like perhaps Valentino loved Chanel's idea of turning a big bow into a handbag. The second photo pictured above shows Valentino's Bow Clutch in red, and it comes with a detachable strap. It also comes in pink and black satin. Personally, I think the red is a bit too loud and reminds me how bows can be tacky in the first place. But I think the black version is more subtle and very elegant. As for the size of this one, I'm not exactly sure but it is called a "clutch", so I'm assuming it's a smaller purse and more fit for an evening out. The price tag is much less than the Chanel bag, but is still hefty at $1,095. I also wouldn't pay that much for this one.

    So out of the two in the bow bag battle, I'd have to say that I like the Chanel Satin Bow Bag better than the Valentino Bow Clutch. The reason being is that the Chanel bag just looks nicer overall, whereas the Valenitno doesn't have the nice chain strap and whose appearance is more bow-ish. But I'm definitely a fan of the new bow-shaped handbag trend.

    See the Valentino Bow Clutch over at Neimans, and the Chanel Satin Bow Bag can be found at Chanel
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    I love the Chanel one.
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    Hehe... big bows on bridesmaids dresses. You know, I've never had to be a bridesmaid. I'm the only girl in my family and most of my friends were guys. Hmm... guess I won't be having to suffer anytime soon.

    BTW, I love the Chanel one!

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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    omg, I love that chanel!!!

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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    ahh the chanel one is gorgeous!!

    on the other hand, i do love the red for valentino. it's really fierce and not tacky at all!
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    the chanel one is very nice, but for that much money, i'd rather invest in a Classic Flap.
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    I like the Valentino better than the Chanel.
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    I don't like either of them...they remind me of a bra or something lol!

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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    ^LOL Jess! i guess i can kinda see it!
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    I like the Valentino one, more.

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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    Love the Chanel one. But now that you mention it, it does kinda look like a bra!

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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    Its like a big ribbon but its gorgeous....I love the red one them match up with sexy red dress..What do you think?

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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    Yeah I'm not a big fan of either... the look completely impractical and like they wouldn't go with anything
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    I like the Valentino the best. It looks more like a bow than the other. It's prettier too.
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    Default Re: The Bow Bag Trend: Chanel vs Valentino

    Quote Originally Posted by JessLR View Post
    I don't like either of them...they remind me of a bra or something lol!

    LMAO!! I was thinking the same thing!
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