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Balenciaga Polished Leather Clutch Bag: Punk Meets Polish

Balenciaga Polished Leather Clutch Bag

Love, love, love! This bag proves Alexander Wang is capable of imbuing the near-immaculate house of Balenciaga (from Cristobal to Nicolas) with his distinct brand of street-style savvy – without abandoning their finely cultivated aesthetic.

This little black bag is super-rock ‘n’ roll, without heading towards the land of music-festival cheese. There’s not a remnant of the City bag’s tassel-like zipper-pulls or motorcycle hardware in sight. Those old trademark details have been replaced with equally striking details, but here is a case where excessive, oversized, and downright hedonistic hardware really works. When jolts of silver metal are set on a clean palette of unblemished black leather, they look truly sick.

If you prefer to just showcase that amazing cylinder-lock closure, you can carry it as a straight clutch. But I think this is an instance where less is more (it’s minimal in spirit) and more hardware makes you say, “More, more, more!” On Browns Fashionicon for $1,298.

Pair with: This would look particularly hot with Roland Mouret’s pinafore-inspired Indus dress. Checked and tapered stretch-cotton makes for a dress that flatters and inspires. On NET-A-PORTERicon for $1,410.



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