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.”
After all of the hoopla surrounding Chanel’s hula hoop bag that took Paris Fashion Week and the world by storm, our friends at Fashionista have discovered something even more amazing for us hoopers. Just in case there was any doubt left in your mind that hooping is highly fashionable, Chanel not only made the super large and small versions of the hula hoop bag for fashion week, there is also a Chanel hula hoop holder. Fashionista’s Executive Editor Leah Chernikoff found something pretty amazing while reviewing everything in the Chanel spring collection recently. She writes, “While the massive life-sized hula hoop bag stole the spring Chanel show there were some other hooping accessories that got overlooked. A mini-version of the bag will be produced and retail for $2400-3100. But when I previewed the Chanel spring collection I was surprised to find a quilted Chanel hula hoop holder had been created as well. No word on whether the holder is actually being produced (the ginormous hula hoop bag is not so we’re not holding our breath) – but we can’t imagine why not? Because who doesn’t need a Chanel hula hoop holder amirite?”
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.
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.
Earlier this year Marawa The Amazing was recommended to Opening Ceremony as a nice addition to the opening party for their new store in London. “I was lucky enough to meet two of the smartest, most stylish and hard working people on the planet, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the masterminds not only behind OC, but the newly appointed creative directors of KENZO,” she told Hooping.org. The OC London party turned out to be so much fun that when they mentioned putting something together in Paris for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, she simply attributed to it late night party talk that would never actually happen. That is, until the phone rang.
Vogue’s Fashion Night Out has long been an event where the big fashion houses try to out do one another with over the top stunts and KENZO decided to get ahead of the game this year by making headlines all over fashion blogs for their hoopla parties, held in both the London and Paris stores. Marawa explained, “I worked with their super friendly team and we put together a program of hoop performances, as well as competitions.” Marawa went off to Paris and Charlene Hoola Davies was put in charge of the hoopla in London. Marawa met up with Paris based hoopers including Anossens and Lila Chupa-Hoops of Hoopera, both well from their seasons on Hooping Idol. There they put together two routines to a great mash up of tracks and the highlight of the night when when Vogue turned up and filmed the entire show, streaming it live during their coverage of Vogue’s Fashion Night Out which set everyone in the fashion world talking about how hip hooping is right now.