BALENCIAGA BLACKOUT CLASSIC CITY BAG

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I’m a longtime fan of Balenciaga‘s motorcycle bags. Balenciaga was the first top-tier brand from which I bought multiple bags, the first of which came from money I had saved up at my college job. Not only will they always have a special place in my heart, but the slouchy, studded styles still fit my personal style quite well almost a decade later.

I first fell in love with Balenciaga bags during the Nicolas Ghesquiere era, and now we’re two creative directors removed from his tenure at the brand, in the early days of Demna Gvasalia’s leadership. So far he’s refocused the brand’s attention to deconstructed streetwear, which is his specialty, and along with that, he’s done a little deconstruction on one of the brand’s most recognizable pieces.

Motorcycle bags have a couple visual signatures, and the most important one is the bag’s stud pattern. On the Balenciaga Blackout City AJ Bag, the pattern persists but the studs are removed; in their place, we get perforations and negative space on an ultra-matte leather background. This version of the bag’s primary detailing is the idea of the bag itself, but in a way that doesn’t look like an unfinished mock-up, and it’s my favorite City design in years.

Unfortunately, the cool idea and execution make the bag significantly more expensive than a standard City, which means I likely won’t be adding it to my collection. If your budget is a little more flexible than mine, though, this bag can be yours for $2,950 via Balenciaga.

So, you tell me: are you as into this bag as I am, or do you prefer a more traditional Balenciaga look?


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Let the roaring drum rolls as we present this iconic Balenciaga Classic City Bag in new design. Yes, ladies why not take a look at this Blackout Classic City Bag from Balenciaga. We tell you right now that it’s worth putting in the pedestal, worthy of our admiration.

So what makes this new and improved version so much better than the original one? Still channeling the minimalist approach on the label’s iconic City tote with this Black edition, this one features perforated detailing that ideally sits in place of the iconic studs for a truly modern and chic take on the highly coveted and most loved silhouette.

Let’s talk more about the bag details. It is made up of calf leather, with antique silver fastening, top handles and detachable shoulder strap. It also has a suede lining, internal zipped and slot pockets and a two way zipped top.

The Mini Size is measured 6.5′ x 9.5′ x 3.5′ (H x W x D), priced at $1900 USD or €1700 euro. The Small Size is measured 8′ x 12′ x 4.5′ (H x W x D) inches and is priced $2245 USD or €2010 euro, $3890 AUD, $20200 HKD, ¥303000 JPY via MyTheresa.

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Céline Just Released Its Most Extensive Luggage Tote Lookbook Ever, Including a Couple Price Updates

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DIORISSIMO ENVOLEE WALLETS

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A wallet from the new Diorissimo Collection comes the beautifully exquisite Envolee Wallet. The quintessence of leather craftsmanship, the Diorissimo line is all about that and one of which is the Envolee Wallet that embodies the artistry that the House of Dior is very well known for.

So what makes this wallet particularly special? Well, it is made of the finest and the most exquisite bullcalf leather in separated colors like the contrasting Meteorite Grey exterior and Ice Lagoon Blue interior that gives it an undeniable charm and a noteworthy character. It is also made of silver-tone jewelry thus giving it more appeal and allure in our eyes.

The inside offers 6 card slots, 1 zipped pocket, 2 flat pockets and 1 billfold compartment. Measuring 11.5 x 9 cm, priced at €390 euro or £340 GBP, available via Dior’s online boutiques or e-store.

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Viva Bag Diversity! Celebs Step Out with New Bags from Moschino, Anya Hindmarch and The Row

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Hermès, Chanel Handbags and Accessories

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Christie’s is one of the world’s most storied auction houses, and with its sales comes the promise of a curated selection of the highest order. At the Christie’s Handbags & Accessories June Online Auction, which begins today, you’ll find exactly that, including bags and accessories from brands like Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

In addition to the exotics, special orders and rarities you’d expect from an auction house of Christie’s magnitude, shoppers looking to add everyday bags and small accessories to their existing collections are also in luck, with sale estimates as low as $300 for some of the nearly 100 lots featured. Of course, if you’re looking to find the crown jewel of your wardrobe, there are numerous standout options, including Louis Vuitton trunks and Hermès Birkins in crocodile and ostrich.

Below, we’ve included a selection of our favorite pieces from the auction at a variety of price points. Browse our picks below and make sure you shop the full assortment at Christies.com before the auction ends on June 23.

Hermès Sellier Kelly Bag in Black Calfbox Leather, 32cm

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Hermès Birkin in Limited Edition Sanguine and White Clemence Eclat Leather, 40cm

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Louis Vuitton Lockit Bag MM in Classic Monogram Canvas and Natural Calf Leather

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Hermès Birkin in Matte Fauve Niloticus Crocodile, 30cm

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Chanel Clear Lucite and Silver Lambskin Ice Cube Clutch

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Hermès Birkin in Turquoise Togo Leather, 35cm

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Hermès Constance Bag in Bleu Saphir Epsom Leather, 18cm

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Hermès Enamel Bangles, Set of 3

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Hermès Kelly Long Wallet in Blue Aztec Chevre

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Hermès Retourne Kelly Bag in Gris Tourterelle Togo Leather, 35cm

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Kenzo World: Kenzo’s First Perfume Commercial Starring Margaret Qualley

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Kenzo World is the name of Kenzo’s first perfume created by the house’s current fashion designers Carol Lim & Humberto Leon and developed by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, which is already breaking the Internet with its unique bottle design and out-of-this-world commercial that makes us crave the scent. Soon to hit Kenzo.comSephora and Kenzo beauty counters at international department stores, Kenzo World is a lively, energizing scent with flower notes spiced up with the enticing quality of Ambroxan.

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To perfectly capture the lively spirit of the fragrance, Kenzo tapped Spike Jonze to direct a short 3-minute film starring actress and former dancer Margaret Qualley, who performs an outrageous and contagiously bubbly choreography by Ryan Heffington, who is also the choreographer of Sia’s “Chandelier.” Margaret is seen possessed by the force of the irrelevant scent, dancing to the eclectic song by Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums featuring Assassin.

Margaret managed to skillfully evoke the unique spirit of the Kenzo World perfume, embodying the Kenzo girl that “inhabits the present, like right now,” as Carol Lim and Humberto Leon explained. “She’s not nostalgic at all. She likes movement and speed and the way things shift and slide and collide in real time. She’s never blasé, always enthusiastic. She stands out from the crowd.”

Kenzo World opens with sweet floral notes of peony and Egyptian jasmine complemented with nose-titillating rock nectar and the key note of Ambroxan that “acts like the fog, when the mist blurs the contours of things all around, and we only recognize their hazy outline,” as Kurkdjian explains.

The scent comes captured inside an opaline glass bottle imitating the all-seeing eye, an iconic motif for Kenzo since its FW 2013 runway show. Patrick Li stands behind the design of the bottle, the black rubber cap of which was inspired by Kenzo’s iconic Kalifornia bag. Sleek pink gold metallic details finish off the modern design of Kenzo World’s flacon, which can become an indispensable accessory in a cosmopolitan woman’s handbag.

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As Carol and Humberto state, “the eye is both feminine and powerful at the same time” and the perfume’s eclectic essence is ideally encapsulated in the bottle design.

While Carol Lim & Humberto Leon’s first perfume was launched yesterday, the fashion world is counting the days until the 3rd of November, when the exciting Kenzo for H&M collection will hit over 250 H&M stores worldwide and the Swedish label’s online store.

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