Although Balenciaga bags weren’t how my interest in accessories started, they played a big role in sucking me into a full-on obsession. It was the mid-2000s, and any fashionable woman who fancied herself the least bit edgy was at least considering adding one to her collection.
Balenciaga Handbags and Purses
Bag: Balenciaga Papier A6 Zip-Around Bag
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: This bag wears a lot of metaphorical hats. It’s neutral, but the blue edging gives it a brightness. It’s small, but not too small to carry what you need.
Bag: Balenciaga Nude Work XS Tote
Price: 2,235 via MATCHESFASHION.COM
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: I’ve been intrigued with Alexander Wang’s use of marble since he started his tenure at Balenciaga, and now it’s made it to the bags in a meaningful way.
Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour has quietly-yet-deliberately infiltrated the hearts and minds of celebrities over the past year. It’s not that the bag itself is remarkable; it’s really not, which may be part of the appeal. It’s sort of an anti-“it” bag–classically styled and fairly inconspicuous, with minimal branding.
You love celebs. You really love round-ups. So now, in lieu of our usual daily celeb features, we’ll be presenting our readers with a twice-weekly bag-carrying celeb smorgasbord. There’s something for everyone, so if you suffer from Kardashian fatigue, or Real Housewife fatigue, or Birkin fatigue (highly scientific studies show that they are all irrevocably linked), there are plenty of other attractive celebs carrying gorgeous designer bags upon which to rest your gaze.
Bag: Balenciaga Cabas Nylon and Leather Tote
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Holiday travel season will be on us before you know it, and whether you need the perfect carry-on for an international flight or just a bag big enough for an overnight trip to your parents’ house, this lightweight, roomy Balenciaga tote fits the bill.
In his seasons at Balenciaga so far, Alexander Wang has set a sporty but intensely luxurious precedent for himself, generally cast in neutral shades and finished with inventive-but-modern hardware. Balenciaga Spring 2015 very much follows in that short tradition, with top-handled frame bags that might also be clutches.
Here’s Lady Gaga, leaving her “Jazz at Lincoln Center” performance with the legendary Tony Bennett, dressed like a Jazz Age vamp and carrying a Balenciaga Cable Strap Fur Shopping Tote. These bags debuted on Balenciaga’s Fall 2014 runway, and you can currently find a black calfskin leather version for $2,055 at Neiman Marcus.