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. On the other hand, if you’ve been pining for the regular gold of yesteryear, you may be in luck.

On Neiman Marcus’ blog NMDaily, Sarah Bray writes that come Spring 2013 bags, Balenciaga will cease to offer the rose gold hardware that’s become so popular in recent seasons. In its place, bright gold will come back for the foreseeable future. (In Balenciaga hardware terms, that usually means the next two years or so, but who knows with Wang’s advent?) Personally, I’m sad to see the rose gold go – the bright gold of the past felt gaudy to me, and the subtle color of its rose counterpart always felt more appropriate on the Balenciaga aesthetic. No word on how hardware sizes will be affected – if you know more, let us know in the comments.

Want to stock up on rose gold before it disappears? Neiman Marcus has a huge selection of leather colors and bag styles available with the soon-to-be-gone hardware color, but our favorite is the basic black above.

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  • Tian

    I always wanted one – maybe time to buy now?!

  • Oh man. This, plus the A. Wang’s takeover = time to finally take the plunge?

  • Silversun

    When they took away gold hardware I was like D: and ran around buying GGH stuff before it went away, but here we are hardly a year later with GGH back on the market. (Not to mention it came back a couple of times during the year in limited edition stock.) As a marketing ploy, I feel like it grows old very quickly. I’m sure RGGH will be back in a year or so regardless of who is at the creative helm; it feels much more like a commercial decision, and a rather cynical one at that.

  • ab

    got my gold hardware already so I’m good. it’s a beautiful color though… :(a

  • kelley