The Lagerfeld Era Begins
Back in 1983, when Karl Lagerfeld took the creative reins at Chanel, folks were curious about how he'd carry on Coco Chanel's legacy. After all, Coco had been gone for a dozen years, and the luxury fashion house needed someone to fill her iconic shoes. Lagerfeld quickly emerged as the unique figure Chanel was craving.
The Evolution of Lagerfeld's Signature Style
With his trademark black suit, dark shades, white ponytail, and fingerless leather gloves, Lagerfeld brought a modern twist to the brand. He dubbed himself the "channeler" of Coco and dedicated himself to preserving her legacy in each collection. He often delved into Coco Chanel's design archives for inspiration.
Lagerfeld's Influence on Fashion
Karl Lagerfeld, a true tastemaker and style icon, continued to shape fashion for the modern woman until he sadly passed away in 2019. His early bags from the '80s and '90s, influenced by iconic women like Princess Diana, remain some of the most sought-after vintage Chanel pieces.
Introducing the Chanel Diana Bag
Let's talk about the Chanel Diana Bag. Lagerfeld always valued his muses, and one of the most influential was Princess Diana of Wales, the ultimate style icon of the '80s and '90s. Lagerfeld introduced the Chanel Diana bag in 1989, and it quickly became a treasure for vintage enthusiasts and Diana admirers. Diana was seen with this bag so often that Lagerfeld decided to name it after her, making it a fashion favorite among Lady Di lovers and Chanel collectors worldwide.
A Bag with a Royal Connection
In 1996, shortly after her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana was spotted wearing the bag and vowed never to wear Chanel again because the logo reminded her of Charles and Camilla's initials. Although the bag made a comeback in 2015 as the Diana bag, the vintage Chanel Diana bag in caviar leather is still one of the hottest items in the resale market, often selling for well over its original retail price.
The Legacy Lives On
The Chanel Diana bag closely resembles the Chanel Single Flap and holds a special place in fashion history thanks to Princess Diana. From "The Crown" to "Spencer" with Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, the royal family remains a permanent fixture in pop culture. Princess Diana's impact on Lagerfeld and Chanel is evident in this iconic bag. It's more than just a purse; it's a unique and historically rich piece that makes a woman feel special, glamorous, and connected to Princess Diana all at once.