The craze over Balenciaga Motorcycle Bags took hold strong around in the mid-2000s, when the quest to hunt down the perfect color, season and leather hit an all-time high. Bubblegum, Magenta, Apple Green and Seafoam were color finds that haunted collectors, and they still do to this day.

The frenzy over colors has since died down a bit in the intervening years, but it doesn’t change the fact that Balenciaga releases some of the most brilliant colors and best leathers. Maldives is the latest shade to catch my eye, and I simply love it.

I typically avoid light colors like this; it’s a little too blue, a little too playful. I ended up seeing this bag, though, and deciding it would look dreamy against summer whites, tans, and greys. The Balenciaga City Metallic Edge in Maldives also has the gold metal accents Balenciaga introduced a few seasons ago, and I’ve come to love it.

The color is soft, and while you may think it would only work with summer colors, I’ve included a picture from Net-a-Porter with a darker outfit to show how it looks against a different palette. This color may never match the obsession of some of the early Balenciaga colors, but it sure is pretty. Buy via Net-A-Porter for $2,125.

Balenciaga City Metallic Edge in Maldives 1

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  • ruru

    Its one of those bags thats so popular that i feel like i have to love it but i just cant, the structure has improved but its still too slouchy for me, some people like Celine and some people like balenciaga, apples and oranges i guess haha.

    • Daisy

      I feel you, Ruru! This was actually the first designer purse I saved up for back in college, & when I excitedly went in the store to finally get one, I tried it on, smiled at the mirror, & realized… It just wasn’t for me lol. Ended up leaving the store without getting one. I know lots of people who enjoy them but I guess they aren’t for everyone.

      • It’s funny, I had the opposite experience! I was never crazy for Balenciaga bags and then a few years ago, I went and tried it on in the store and LOVED it. I bought a Giant City and love that thing, the leather is so nice!

    • Passerine

      I would like the bag much better if they got rid of those long catfish whiskers hanging off the zipper. IMO, they cheapen its look. Otherwise, a nice bag and one I’d possibly consider for a summer bag, although, like others here, this brand has simply not been high on my list.

      • Stina Sias

        I agree I just bought my first mini city and i immediately took the tassel off of the zipper

  • FashionableLena

    I also love looking at Balenciaga, but for some reason, I can never pull the trigger. I always end up getting something else.

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  • tim de rosen

    It’s a gorgeous colour. As you say perfect for contrasting with Summer whites and even pale yellows and certain shades of red.

  • Stefanie

    Gorgeous colour!!!

  • shoper

    One learns lo like and appreciate certain designs, like Fendi Monster bags (I don’t own one but learned to appreciate them). But try as I might, the Balenciaga bags just don’t do it for me. I’ve tried them out in stores. Meh.

  • Imgoingbroke

    I hate this bag so much. That is all.

  • QueenPosh .

    I don’t own any Balenciaga bags, but everytime i see someone walk past with one my heart skips a beat. I love when the Balenciaga bags get older, because the leather is so slouchy and looks even more fantastic as it gets older. I really need to add one to my collection, but still haven’t found the perfect color.

  • Catherina

    I absolutely love it what else can I say

  • Ashley

    I’m in love with this color! It’s in the Aquamarine (my birthstone!) family and will look perfect with so many color palettes. I’ve never bought a Balenciaga bag simply because I can never decide on a color! lol :) I may have found a match for me though in Maldives! ;)

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  • kymmie

    Gorgeous color but the Balenciaga bags I own have all faded.

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  • Vicky

    If it’s the same shade as Maldives that got released in 2009, get it. It’s very beautiful.