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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