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. After all, precious few brands can boast a line that’s been as successful as the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bags, which were Ghesquiere’s brainchild. As it turns out, though, Wang’s Balenciaga Fall 2013 Handbags show some promise, as did the entire collection.

Wang’s always had a good sense of what women want to carry – handbags have long been one of, if not the, most successful parts of his eponymous brand – and the handful of petite, highly structured bags that appeared on the runway showed a good deal of maturity and a good grasp of what’s been going on with Balenciaga up to this point. The angular, fluid closure hardware was also mirrored in cuffs and boots, and with the addition of a long, slender shoulder or crossbody strap, I could see these bags being carried and coveted by plenty of fashion folks. A smart, slightly conservative outing – just what Alexander Wang needed.

[Images via Vogue]

Balenciaga Fall 2013 Handbags (1)

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  • I must admit I am pleasantly surprised at Wang’s first outing as a creative director at my favorite label. Unfortunately, even though these bags are nice, I wouldn’t buy them since they don’t seem practical and that chain-like clap really bothers me.

  • gpc

    Not really impressed – very impractical…

  • Sandra

    I am a fan of Alexander Wang. I have so many clothing pieces, and the shoes I believe I have purchased at least 5 pair in the last 6 months. I have never purchased a bag…although I have thought about it…the Roco, Emily, Pelican have all been of interest. While I will probably not purchase either bag or shoe from his first outing at Balenciaga I do think he will land on his feet and be better and better in seasons to come.

  • Natalie

    A mediocre spin on Celine’ aesthetic involving clean lines with minimal hardware, emphasizing mainly the quality of the materials and craftwork (I don’t blame him since most fashion houses are doing the same thing). Not necessarily a bad start, but having purchased and enjoyed Alexander Wang accessories in the past, I do believe he’ll take his future creations at Balenciaga to a higher level, and kick it up a notch.

    • HUH?

      Too bad Phoebe Philo at Celine has referenced everyone from Jil Sander to Balenciaga. Celine is good but not that great.

  • Cherin

    I do not think that he was trying to go for the Celine look. I do see Alexander Wang in these bags. It’s true however that the handheld versions may seem impractical though. One just need a shoulder sling strap to be wearable and perfect. (Imagine it slung across the body)

  • catherina

    unimpressed. too difficult to carry those bags. and what’s with the ugly chain-link clasp?

  • Steph

    not feeling it

  • FashionableLena

    I think that they’re very pretty to look at, and I like the clasp. It’s a great runway bag but not really practical for everyday wear.

  • so not balenciaga…

  • catindreamland@gmail.com

    I agree with everyone here but the white one is simply gorgeous!!!