Images via Vogue.com

I always feel good about buying a Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag for a couple of reasons, first and foremost because I’ve loved every one that I’ve ever owned. Almost as important, though, is that the overwhelming retail success of those bags makes it possible for Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere to do what he does without quite as much pressure to make a collection that will sell well at retail. He does his best work when he’s at his most conceptual, and conceptual clothes are usually not retail darlings.

I’d encourage all of you to take a look through the entire Balenciaga Spring 2012 collection because, let’s face it, Ghesquiere is that good, but you’ll get an idea of what was going on just from the bags. Half were ultraminimal two-tone shoulder bags and boxy shapes, and the other half were the kind of smallish bags that we’ve come to expect from the accessories industry in general, but with a very Balenciaga twist. Straps and buckles jut out from spots where you don’t expect, creating a counterintuitive look that still functions as you think such a bag should.

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  • kemilia

    I love my B-Bags moto bagsand these just do not do it for me.

    And what the heck is with the awkward bag-carrying this year on the runways?

    • Lori

      I agree about the awkward bag carrying. I mean was the old fashioned clutch or the ever popular shoulder strap such a bother? Do we need to wrap our hands (and arms for the big bags) around a bag and then slip them into a strap so we don’t drop them? Was the strapless clutch so hard for the average woman to carry? This lame trend doesn’t showcase the bags very well which I thought was the purpose of the runway show…

  • Pakistani dress collection

    hand bags are really nice! the 2012 designs are really cool.. designs are brand new! thanks for sharing!

  • mochababe73

    I am probably one of the few that’s not a real fan of the Balenciaga Motorcycle bags. I don’t like these either. They’re too boxy and too minimalist.

  • rose60610

    I like #s 9 and 11, but I agree they’re on the boxy side. Too blah for the buck?

  • bir

    nice use of ostrich not exactly my cup of tea but…… interesting almost even…… abstract???? cubist even .

  • Lori

    I think I like #10 but its hard to tell based on how the model is holding the bag.

  • Sandra Rowley

    I love love my city bag….these are kind of masculine to me.

  • sandy

    Am i the only one who kinda loves these, and hates the moto bags? That style is so played out!

  • Alice
  • edoardo

    I love Balenciaga but honestly these bags are not so “cool”…:D

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • MsLabelsofLust

    The only one that catches my eye is the main pic..all others are BLAH! I had to read 2x to make sure it was Balienciaga that you said.

  • Bonnie Friday

    These reminds me of the Phillip Lim bags at NYFW a couple of weeks ago. Theside clutch strap must be a bit of a trend next season! Both collections are perfection.

    Bonnie Friday
    http://www.bonniefriday.com

    xx

  • J Umm

    they have lost me on this one… looks like bags you could get primark… ooo BURN! http://styledecorum.blogspot.com/

  • Jmgimbel

    I think you all are dead wrong!
    This is by far the BEST bag collection Balenciaga has designed since the first season of the now mundane, Motorcycle bags.
    I have my share of them but each season am disappointed.

    Not this time!!!
    These bags, and clutches are so beyond fabulous!!!

    Xo Balenciaga
    Joy

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