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.
From the enigmatic and avant-garde to the upbeat and ladylike (and oft monogram-laden): While both have storied histories, the house of Balenciaga could not be more different from mega-brand Louis Vuitton. Yet the wise choice of Nicolas Ghesquière to succeed Marc Jacobs was of no surprise to me.
Before we get too caught up with the Fall/Winter season’s tweeds, wools, knits, dark leathers, and heavy textures, let’s take a minute to appreciate the unconventional. There’s something to be said for the element of surprise (got to keep ‘em on their toes!), and nothing will catch onlookers off-guard like a bright, perky bag right about now.
Givenchy’s Fall 2013 collection is full of trippy floral prints, tricked-out moto jackets, and a whole lot of the world’s most famous cartoon deer. The Bambi-meets-surreal art motif didn’t just make it to Riccardo Tisci’s high-fashion sweatshirts.
The moment I landed in Paris yesterday, I turned my phone on and looked up the latest Balenciaga runway images. The suspense was killing me. For Alexander Wang to successfully and seamlessly fuse his athletic aesthetic with Balenciaga’s classical silhouettes is no easy feat.
I’ve been all about the envelope clutch lately. Credit Fashion Week! In all the hustle and bustle of the crowds rushing from show to show, sleek and chic is best. Varying textures on this Balenciaga (smooth and lizard textured leather surround the center canvas panel) give it depth and serious sophistication, but ultimately, it’s very versatile.
There is something about a stark, graphic black and white bag that is so soothing to the eye. The clean, minimalist canvas allows you to make it your own. The modern touch is an instant update when you’re feeling your wardrobe is getting stale (a weekly occurrence for all of us, right??!!).