The Kelly bag has just as glamorous a narrative behind it. Originally made as a saddle-bag in about 1892, it is named after the film star Grace Kelly, wife of Prince Rainier of Monaco, since she fell in love with one used as a prop during filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief.She set the huge bag to good use in 1956, when, not yet ready to announce her pregnancy, she held one up to conceal her emerging baby bump in the paparazzi. A movie found itself on the cover of Life magazine. With that, the bag was immediately synonymous with Grace and it had been re-named that the Kelly.The Hermes site boasts: ‘A Kelly is a rare and valuable thing’ and a week, a spokesman for the firm stressed that the number of bags it can produce is limited because only a few of organizers have the essential abilities to make them.They pointed out a single worker takes 18 to 25 hours to create each Kelly bag by hand, whereas the Birkin takes much longer, saying: ‘Our production remains highly determined by the know-how of our artisans.’
Kelly Osbourne attended Adam Lambert’s annual Halloween party at Bootsy Bellows in Hollywood last weekend dressed as Margot Tenenbaum from the film The Royal Tenenbaums. She rounded out her costume with a vintage-looking Hermès Kelly Bag. It should probably be noted that an Hermès bag is not an absolutely essential ingredient of the Margot Tenenbaum costume, but everything else Kelly is wearing is spot-on.
As you might suspect, Kelly has a handbag collection that’s truly befitting of a full-time rock progeny/part-time E! Channel fashion commentator. She and her mother share an extreme affinity for Chanel. You can browse through most of her high-end stash in “The Many Bags of Kelly Osbourne”, and you can check out her mum’s collection in “The Many Bags of Sharon Osbourne.”
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