Balenciaga has been known for mixing high fashion with streetwear, and producing edgy, experimental designs that have created much hype among millennials. It’s now one of the fastest-growing brands under luxury conglomerate Kering.
Balenciaga was actually first established as an haute couture atelier by Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1919. Balenciaga would become one of the most influential designers in fashion, even being deemed “the master of us all” by Christian Dior himself. However, after his death in 1972, the house went quiet and only regained popularity in the 2000s under Nicolas Ghesquière.
As the brand continues to evolve, we look back at the different eras of Balenciaga, and the key bags that emerged.
Ghesquière designed, arguably, the brand’s most iconic bag – the Motorcycle “City” bag. Fun fact: Balenciaga only introduced bags in 2000! Unlike other ‘It’ bags of that decade, the logo-less Motorcycle was much more understated and ideal for everyday use. The style comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, though the City is still a crowd favourite. It looks great worn because it was designed to be worn. Its durability and practicality made it well-loved by celebrities like Kate Moss and the Olsen twins.
In late 2012, another era of Balenciaga began, when Alexander Wang took over as creative director. While the bags he created may not be as recognisable as the ones that came before, their minimalist designs are undeniably sleek. The Le Dix bag was introduced in Wang’s first collection for the brand in Fall/Winter 2013. The classy satchel has a more refined look that’s suited for the workplace.
Ever since creative director Demna Gvasalia took the reins in 2015, accessories at Balenciaga have gotten a whole lot cooler. One iconic style is the Triangle bag, a pyramid-shaped bag inspired by old-school skating bags. It has the brand’s updated logo on the side, and comes in solid colours that add a pop of colour to your look. Its unique shape gives your outfit visual interest, while its clean silhouette makes it an easy alternative to try out instead of your usual bags.
Another thing we saw from the brand during this period was their older bag styles getting a fresh new look for a younger audience. The cult classic City bag got a street style update in the form of graffiti printed on the body of the bag, as well as on the handles.
Whether you prefer the classics or something new, whether you’re young or just young at heart, Balenciaga has something for everyone. Not sure which bag is the best for you? Why not rent to try them out first!
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