If you were given free rein to design a Fendi bag, what would you do? Choose the most expensive leather? Decorate the handle in diamonds? Dip it in 24K gold? If you’re Cara Delevingne and Adele, you bring out the glue gun and paint brushes and go to town. Seriously, these celebrities look like they were just playing arts and crafts on these bags. They’re not horrible, they’re just not much more sophisticated than a popsicle stick house.
To celebrate the grand opening of Fendi’s store on New Bond Street in London, the Italian fashion house asked creative women to customize their own Peekaboo handbag, which would then be auctioned off to support Kids Company charity. Cara and Adele were among 10 women who included Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomie Harris, Georgia May Jagger, Tanya Ling, Jerry Hall, Zaha Hadid, Kate Aide, and Tracey Emin.
Perhaps being amongst artists Tanya Ling Tracey Emin, Cara and Adele felt they need to get crazy creative and not design a regular old handbag. (See Gwyneth’s white and black faux croc tote about, which is about as interesting as a Goop newsletter). Their artwork isn’t awful, but if I were their parents I wouldn’t be hanging it on my fridge. Or I should say, it’s the type of art that accidentally gets lost when you move to a new house.
Cara Delevingne decided to promote girl power with a Superwoman-inspired bag. While I’m all for feminism, the model’s art skills are anything but super. The hand-painted ‘S’ is as symmetrical as her perfectly plucked eyebrows brows. But it seems like she spent all the time working on the letter’s precise gold outline. When they started yelling it was time to hand in her bag, she realized she hadn’t done anything to the other sides and hastily painted ‘super’ in blue on the back and ‘human’ on the interior. Then she put her initials on both sides, because like the teacher always says, you can’t get credit for your work, unless you put your name on it.
Adele’s choice of medium was multi-colored resin studs, not dissimilar to those rainbow pompom balls you loved to glue to everything in Kindergarten. The studs were glued to the sides of the bag, perhaps as part of playtime with her son, Angelo. The rest of the bag is actually pretty nice. I love the mix of the Bordeaux, pink and red leather. The face on the interior of the bag, with resin lashes and zip for a mouth, is the right side of kooky. But adding plastics dot to a bag that costs more than your monthly rent, is like coloring on your mother’s wallpaper with crayons–not a good idea.
Maybe I don’t the bags because I don’t have the eye for art? Maybe I’m just not sophisticated enough to get it? It, being, whatever they glued to those bags.
If you want to get your hands on an original Delevingne or Adele, bidding starts at a measly £15,000 per bag. It’s so cheap, you might as well!