If you thought the last bag Balenciaga did was crazy, wait till you see this. From Demna Gvasalia’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection for Balenciaga, it’s inspired by another humble carrier, vintage blanket/comforter bags that I used to remember seeing stacked on top of my Grandmother’s wooden cupboard when I was but a wee lad.
Completely repurposed as fashion’s next hit bag, Balenciaga’s version stays true to the original. Large floral print, check. Name of the brand printed on the angled label on the top right hand corner of the bag, check. Even the handles are the same, except for the fact that they are now hand-twisted nappa as opposed to woven cotton. It even opens like a traditional blanket carrier, which opens suitcase-style as you unzip the bag from end to end.
Measuring some 56 cm by 47 cm, it’s a bag that you’ll either revel in its irony with, or just be completely repulsed and wonder why such a humble carrier would need elevation in the first place. But that’s precisely the point of fashion, to provoke a reaction, be it good or bad, from us. Because honestly if everything is same-same, then we might just as well have one fashion house for everyone out there in the world, right?
Priced at USD3975 and available online now via Balenciaga in orangey-red (shown above) or in a beige/blue combination, Balenciaga Singapore also has tiny full coloured variations (known as the Blanket Square) that come with a long shoulder sling. Besides the bags, you’ll also find clutches (the same thing, but flattened with a zip that runs along the top) and I think in due time, long and compact wallets like they did with the Bazar collection.