Loathe: Alexander Wang’s New Balenciaga Bags

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Alexander Wang’s first bags for Balenciaga have just been released, and everyone is talking about great they are, which is a bit confusing for me. Here are a few quotes:

“The [bag] collection is definitely different from the classic Balenciaga handbag, but in the best way possible. ” (Fashionologie)

“Alexander Wang’s First Handbag Collection For Balenciaga Is Called ‘Le Dix’ & It’s Dix-licious!” (Grazia Daily)

“It’s no surprise that he would forgo flashy embellishments and instead create timeless handbags” (Fashionologie)

“What Alexander Wang has ultimately done is succeed in creating a bag that excels in its simplicity — it doesn’t hide behind embellishment but rather shows how modern timelessness can really be.” (She Finds)

How about this:

“Here is what Alexander Wang did for his first bag collection for Balenciaga: he basically copied the Hermès Kelly bag, tweaked the shape a little, removed the lock but not the key holder, and made a slight change to the proportions. For some crazy reason the fashion world is praising this expensive knock-off as being timeless. Yeah, it is timeless, because it is a COPY of a timeless bag. The Kelly Bag. Oh, and by the way, the Hermès Kelly bag is handmade by master craftsmen, in France, with some of the finest leathers in the world. I am pretty sure these Balenciaga numbers are NOT EVEN CLOSE.” (Searching for Style.)

P.S. The Motorcycle bag was WAY better – at least it was unique.

Oh, and in case you want to make a visual comparison, here’s the Hermès Kelly bag. Look familiar? Yeah.

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  • jasper

    no kidding. serious kudos for originality with the motorcycle bag. it deserved its popularity that still stands today :/

  • Rajan Sami

    My sentiments exactly but frankly I’m not surprised by the lack of critical analysis by most, if not, all fashion media. Despite my reservations, Wang surprised me with his debut collection for Balenciaga and the follow up resort collection but this bag is a dud from a directional fashion house. I get it – they wanted to make a boring classic – that they can rework in multiple colours and materials season in, season out for the gullible masses – but I still think it stinks.

  • Rajan Sami

    On another note, what has become of Ghesquiere? After two, long revelatory articles, he seems to have been hushed by alleged threats of a lawsuit by Kering. Perhaps I should start a blog called Searching for Ghesquiere. In all fairness though, he was able to put out such directional collections because of the backing a conglomerate affords – it would be very difficult to do the same as an independent – you’d actually have to move product.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I like the idea for your blog. Maybe he is just taking some time off. I always wonder if many of these designers have saved loads of money and can afford to take three years off. Or are they used to chauffeurs and run out of money quickly?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, I was impressed with his collections, too, and I hate that they decided to do something so boring for the bag. Good point about the media, too. Everyone is afraid to say anything critical these days… I guess one should be afraid of the designer doing some big tweet rant against you if you say anything mean. It is like high school again.

  • Rajan Sami

    Let’s hope he comes back with something spectacular.

  • Rajan Sami

    I guess no one wants to piss off advertisers. Also, other mainstream journalism practices such as not accepting gifts, generally not socialising with the people you’re writing about, etc to maintain some detachment and neutrality is glaringly absent in fashion. The lines get so blurred. There are a few fashion journalists who express strong opinions from time to time but they are made examples of: barred from shows, twitter rants, etc.

  • Rajan Sami

    ps. it would really help if you put a visual of a Kelly bag up there for comparison.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Done! :-)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Too true. Interestingly enough (and since I am here), I’ve heard that Swedish fashion editors are not allowed to accept any gifts from brands, whatsoever. If fashion journalists, editors, and bloggers were not allowed to accept any gifts, (hell, let’s add celebrities to that mix), then there would be a dramatically different landscape on the red carpet and fashion week street style.

  • Sienna

    Feel kinda dumb–just realized now that my Michael Kors bag is a Hermes ripoff.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Well, they certainly aren’t the first luxury brand to do that…. Or the last.