The fashion industry has been talking about brights for the better part of the past year, but when I think of bright bags, I only think of one brand: Balenciaga. The French house has been cranking out vividly hued motorcycle bags for far longer than such a thing has been widely mimicked in fashion, and it will surely continue doing so long after the trend-following horde is on to the next thing. Fads shift, Balenciaga brights are forever. I should know; I’ve been enjoying my purple Balenciaga Day Bag since 2007, which might as well be forever in fashion years.
So if you’re looking for a bag that will make you look like a veteran of the brights bandwagon and won’t look dated once the trend is over, you’d be hard-pressed to make a better choice than a Balenciaga City Bag. And naturally, all of Balenciaga’s bags are just about as lightweight as any you’ll find on the market and very easy to carry. But you guys already know that I’m an inveterate Balenciaga fangirl.
There’s a bit of a price difference between Balenciaga’s regular hardware, as seen on the blue and yellow bags, and the giant hardware featured on the red version, but my personal preference is so strong for the giant hardware that I think it’s worth it. The stark light silver color provides and excellent contrast to the brand’s bright leathers, and I think that the contrast is missing with the regular dark brass grommets. I know that many people prefer the smaller accents, though, and luckily Balenciaga offers all of its bags with both options. Shop these Balenciaga styles ($1445 for regular hardware, $1795 for giant) via Barneys!