After all of the hoopla surrounding the Chanel Hula Hoop Bag, we’ve been looking forward to seeing it hit the streets, and were curious who would be the first person to be rockin’ the new bag. Our friends at Fashionista were too. Their money was on Anna Dello Russo, the editor-at-large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan. But as they report, “It’s a good thing we’re not betting people, because while the bag did finally make an appearance, it wasn’t on ADR: It was on the arm of Marie Claire accessories director Kyle Anderson. We don’t know why we didn’t think of Anderson first. But when I passed him on the way to Vera Wang this morning–perched on the fountain of Lincoln Center, phone in one hand, hula hoop bag in the other–it all made sense. He’s got an outlandish (in the best way) sense of style and, well, he’s an accessories editor, so he has easy access.”
You may remember all the hoopla last month when Chanel debuted its new hula hoop bag at Paris Fashion Week. What was intended to be a runway accessory is now about to become a consumer reality that hoopers and non-hoopers alike can purchase. So many people posted photos and links about the hula hoop bag that a Women’s Wear Daily article announced that the Chanel bags are going into production and will be available for sale, both in the original runway size as well as a smaller 28 centimeter size. This is being attributed to the power of social media. Retailers and buyers were inundated with calls to preorder Chanel’s hula hoop bags after the internet was flooded with pictures of supermodels like Sigrid Agren carrying the hula hoop bag.
The Chanel hoop design is also available in other sizes. As for the large one that captured the imagination of the general public, Karl Lagerfeld explained his intention for the hula hoop bag to The Daily Telegraph, stating, “It’s for the beach. You need space for the beach towel. And then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it.” No word on prices yet, but if you’re on a budget maybe you can look into scoring the Anderson Cooper knock off (we love the mismatched hoops and AC logo) or you can always make your own like Jenna Sauers at Jezebel did and hers turned out pretty great in our opinion.
Of course, if you really want to be in hooper vogue, you should also consider another alternative. Hooper Beth Lavinder has a hula hoop bag as well of her own design, and while it is remarkably similar to the Lagerfeld design for Chanel, Beth’s version actually first arrived on the scene nearly two years earlier. “It’s a hoop carrier I made and have been using for the past couple of years,” she told Hooping.org, designed to be most ideal for traveling on airplanes with a coiled down hoop. “They are a bit of work, but yes, I do make these. I make them to hold 22″ coils or smaller since the airlines will allow 22″ by 22″ by 1″ maximum carry-ons last time I checked.” Beth officially began selling her version to the public in June of this year, nearly four months before Chanel.
Why settle for a Chanel hula hoop bag when you can score a really cheap knock off by Anderson Cooper? Cooper, an American journalist, author, and television personality who is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°, created his version as a gift for Alexa Chung. Chung, a British television presenter, model and a contributing editor at British Vogue, told Cooper upon receiving the gift, “You really shouldn’t have, no I mean really you shouldn’t have.” Want to make your own knock off? We told you how over here.
When everybody got excited about the new Chanel Hula Hoop Bag at Paris Fashion Week, Jenna Sauers at Jezebel got excited about making one. She writes, “As soon as Karl Lagerfeld showed those ridiculous(ly sublime) hula-hoop bags on the Chanel runway for spring, my colleague Dodai and I knew we had to make one. ‘It’s not up to me to say it is chic,’ said the always-modest Chanel designer after the show. ‘I thought it was, but I cannot say it myself.’ Well, Karl, we thought it was chic! So, we boned up: we studied runway photographs in extremely high resolution, talked a lot about lambskin, watched videos of the bag in motion, and tried our best to channel the spirit of Karl himself. Then we poured some gin, put on some Kraftwerk, and began our craft work. Okay, then we got bored and put on some Brandy. But eventually, we had a purse. Here’s how we did it.” Find out: How To Make Your Very Own Chanel Inspired Hula Hoop Bag.