Is Balenciaga attempting to usher in a new era of label-flashing? Looks like they’re at least giving it a go. I have mixed feeling about these new Cabas totes. On the one hand, a simplistic logo set on beige canvas and trimmed with black leather is so modest and pared-down, it’s chic…
The Neo Classic is one of Balenciaga’s, well, classic styles, but we’re just now seeing it in perfected mini form. The smaller version is so great, so much better than her bigger (and bulkier) sister, which makes for an overwhelming bag that’s heavy thanks to ample hardware.
The realm of the wallet is where I have the most fun: from playful to statement-making, your wallet can be super-specific since it’s usually hidden; then when you pull it out of your bag, you get that little jolt of excitement. This bunch turns the concept up a notch.
Those with weak ankles, rejoice! And pretty much all of us can enjoy a break from sky-high stilettos. Because it’s all about the chunky heel right now. When working a heel with some heft, it’s important the shoe have some feminine details. Otherwise, the look gets trashy way too quickly.
Three words: Such great hardware. Sometimes a genius metal closure is all it takes to fully update a classic shape, and the fastening on this Balenciaga leather crossbody bag is simply amazing.