Is this what large conglomerate fashion houses do to young talent? (the infamous Gucci group owns Balenciaga) Because Nicolas Ghesqhiere (and given his latest bag creations, I don’t give a damn how his name is spelled or pronounced because he is no longer relevant in the Bag Snob’s world) hasn’t designed anything remotely interesting since the motocycle bag. And if it weren’t for the extensive Balenciaga archives for him to copy from, his clothes wouldn’t be worth a crap either. This is his contribution to the fall season, banal bags with a giant B embossed on them. Is it me or do these bags look like they belong in the Bellagio gift shop in Vegas? I have no idea what he was thinking (or that’s just it! he no longer thinks for himself) but this is the stupidest and trite bag collection I’ve seen in a long time. In fact, Cristobal Balenciaga himself is probably turning over in his grave.