Balenciaga Papier Ledger Zip Around Tote

In general, it doesn’t bother me that so many designers have been “inspired” by Celine to adjust the gusset structure on some of their new bags. When a silhouette becomes so widely adored and connects so strongly with high-end customers, other brands would be silly not to explore whether it would be worth implementing in their own designs.

Balenciaga Le Dix Bag Feature

We’ve been awaiting this moment more or less since the day that Alexander Wang was announced as the new creative director at Balenciaga: we now know what Wang’s first flagship bag for the brand, the Balenciaga Le Dix Bag, will look like.

Alanis Morissette carries a Balenciaga Courier Bag in LA (5)

Here’s Alanis Morissette, leaving brunch with her husband in LA. We’re fairly sure the bag she’s carrying is a Balenciaga Courier Bag, perhaps an older version with a different strap than the current Couriers. There’s a chance, however, that it could be another Balenciaga bag altogether.

Balenciaga Serpent Arena Classic Work

Until I saw the Balenciaga Serpent Arena Classic Work Bag, it had never occurred to me that I hadn’t ever seen a snakeskin Bal Motorcycle bag. After all, the design has been around in one incarnation or another for over a decade, and we’ve seen it in everything from straw to crocodile – surely there had been at least a python version, right?

Kim Kardashian carries a black suede Balenciaga City Bag at the airport in Los Angeles. (5)

Kim Kardashian and her baby bump were recently spotted clad in all black and Balenciaga at LAX after getting off a return flight from Atlanta. Her bag is a black suede Balenciaga Baby Daim City Bag, and her black gladiator sandals are the Givenchy Embossed Rubber Grommet Sandals.

Balenciaga Fall 2013 Handbags (6)

When we discussed the possibilities of Alexander Wang’s handbags for Balenciaga back when the young American designer was named to replace Nicolas Ghesquiere as the head of the brand, most of you were not particularly optimistic about Wang would do, particularly compared to the genius of his predecessor.

Balenciaga Mini City Bag (2)

Balenciaga introduces a new shape in its celeb-favorite Motorcycle Bags every couple of seasons, but I can’t remember the last time a new Bal excited me as much as the Balenciaga Mini City Bag. Spring’s just around the corner (that sounds like a lie, but it isn’t we promise), which means we’re all looking for a bright little bag to carry our warm-weather essentials, and this new crossbody model might be just the ticket.

Kyra Sedgwick takes a flowery stroll in NYC

Here’s a well-bundled, blizzard-proof Kyra Sedgwick, carrying a classic Balenciaga City Bag on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This bag is available in a whopping 9 different colors for $1,545 at Neiman Marcus. Just a reminder to the general populous, while we’re at it – as we reported two months ago, Balenciaga’s rose gold hardware bags are being phased out, so snatch those up while you still can!

Balenciaga City Bag

Balenciaga has been in the news lately for a lot of reasons – first, the departure of creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere, then rumors of his successor, and then the installation of Alexander Wang as the brand’s next leader. We’ve got some more bag-specific news, though, and you may want to read carefully if you’re thinking about buying a Balenciaga bag with rose gold hardware – it’s about to ride off into the sunset.

Alexander Wang Balenciaga

Even though the news that Alexander Wang is the next creative director at Balenciaga has had the weekend to sink in, it doesn’t feel quite like reality. Wang rose to fame mostly on the wearability and relatively accessible price point of his downtown-cool sportswear and handbags, while Balenciaga’s departed designer/genius Nicolas Ghesquiere earned a reputation for industry-leading innovation, exceptional technical skill and an embrace of fashion’s intellectual side.