I agree, that chanel website is not so great. I try and go to the boutique as often as I can to see the bags. Fashion magazines are also very helpful, but I find that right here on this forum, fellow pf'ers post pictures of new stuff that didn't come out yet. Check this forum a lot and you'll see and also learn a lot too.
I am hooked--to Chanel bags (now) and this site. I actually only bought my first Chanel 2 weeks ago (a Coco Cabas) and then last week another (diamond shine flap in bordeaux). I am already looking for my next one--although it will have to be a while!
This forum is the BEST place for information on upcoming lines and exisiting bags. As you purchase, your SA should invite you to the pre-season trunk shows. There you will see IRL the upcoming bags which you can pre-order.
However, most of the girls here know way more info about the bags, leathers/materials, season, where to find it, etc. AND everyone here is very friendly and loves to help each other out.
I totally agree!! I've said this before on other threads...going to the trunk shows is so important.....you not only get to see everything for the upcoming season straight off the runway, you can meet the chanel rep and ask as many questions as you want...it helps tons