Chanel unveils minuscule handbags on Paris Fashion Week catwalk

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Just when we thought the micro bag trend might be running out of steam, along comes Chanel and blows the competition out of the water.

On the last day of Paris Fashion Week, the famous French fashion house unveiled a slew of teeny tiny bags as part of its spring/summer 2021 collection, which took place, as usual, in the Grand Palais, with models sashaying down the white runway in front of a huge Chanel version of the Hollywood sign.

Creative director Virginie Viard sent out a wide range of accessories alongside the clothing, which was mostly black and white with some pops of neon pink and blue.

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While some of the mini metallic bags were big enough to hold, say, a phone and a lipstick, the smallest editions were barely bigger than a credit card.

A model wears a creation for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2021 fashion collection (Vianney Le Caer/AP)

These downsized versions of the classic Chanel 2.55 quilted bag (named because it was created in February 1955) came on a long chain strap and were slung across the body or fastened around the waist like a belt.

Others were worn like jewellery. One, which had a pearl-lined handle, came attached to a gold cuff bracelet, while another model sported an adorable 2.55 necklace.

A model wears a creation for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2021 fashion collection (Vianney Le Caer/AP)

As the spring collection won’t land in Chanel boutiques and online until next year we don’t yet know how much these itsy bitsy teeny weeny bags will cost, but given that a mini 2.55 bag measuring 17cm by 14cm currently retails at £3,180, we imagine the spring versions won’t be cheap to buy.

Miniature bags have become popular in recent years so we expect Chanel’s version will be a big hit with luxury shoppers come spring.

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Another French brand, Jacquemus, is credited with kicking off the micro bag trend with the introduction of Le Chiquito, a leather top handle bag, in 2017, followed by the even smaller Le Chiquiti.

Since then, high end and high street designers alike have jumped on the miniature bag bandwagon and fashionistas have discovered the joy of not having to lug around a huge tote all the time.

Chanel’s dinky designs aren’t the smallest luxury bags, however. By our reckoning that honour goes to Brandon Maxwell for the ludicrously tiny golden bag debuted on his spring/summer 2019 catwalk and soon snapped up by supermodel and mini bag collector Gigi Hadid.

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