Chinese Takeout Boxes Hit Fashion Month's Sweet (and Sour) Spot

A major takeaway from this Fashion Month? Take-away-inspired accessories are having a moment.
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A major takeaway from this Fashion Month? Take-away-inspired accessories are having a moment.
Photos (L-R): Imaxtree, Charlotte Olympia

Photos (L-R): Imaxtree, Charlotte Olympia

A major takeaway from this Fashion Month? Take-away-inspired accessories are having a moment.

Way back during New York Fashion Week (which seems like a year ago now, doesn't it?), we were completely charmed by Kate Spade's whimsical version of a paper Chinese food takeout box repurposed as a purse -- which looked a heckuva lot like the real thing, with the addition of a leather strap and luxe gold chain.

But before we even had the chance to head down to Canal Street to stock up (kidding -- MAYBE), footwear and accessory designer Charlotte Olympia showed her fall 2014 collection in Paris, and it included -- you guessed it! -- another takeout box bag. Less of a straight homage, Olympia's daintier design was done in royal blue silk, topped off with an embroidered insect motif and metal handle, natch.

Chanel's 2010 bag

Chanel's 2010 bag

Of course, this isn't the first (or second) time delivery's made its mark on high fashion. In 2010, Karl Lagerfeld created Chanel's idea of a Chinese takeout box bag in celebration of the Shanghai World Expo. Featuring the French house's iconic double Cs and wrapped chain details, it carried a hefty price tag of $7,500. Can you imagine how many orders of crab rangoon you could get with that kind of cash?