B is for “Banal”

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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.


  1. Patsy
    May 1, 2006 / 6:38 pm

    I totally agree with The Snob about the Balenciaga bags. They really

    do look like “gift with purchase”.


  2. Melanie
    May 1, 2006 / 6:40 pm


    First off they are ugly. truly the ugliest bag I have seen, including the Fendi buckle in jewels, and the very offensive spy bag.

    The Chanel bag in denim. My buyer at Neiman’s thought I’d like that one, UGLY. Also the Chanel patchwork…

    The Pierre Hardy however is divine.

  3. Kelly McCall/Ray Souders
    May 4, 2006 / 8:44 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you, Dear Bag Snob, about the unfortunate way Cristobal’s name is being used in vain. Turning over in his grave? Honey, it’s more like twirlling! I hope his spirit is put to a calming rest with the Balenciaga exhibit this fall at SMU.You will see his beautiful soul in the art of his designs.

  4. Amara
    May 12, 2006 / 12:42 pm

    Those bags are vile however, the Balenciaga label is the only one out there that makes an attempt at innovation.

  5. Krona
    November 18, 2006 / 5:47 pm

    And I like the navy-blue one. Actually, I like it very much. My God, I have bad taste! Anyone can tell me where I can buy it on-line? Or at least how much it costs..? Thank you

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  7. RGM
    March 28, 2007 / 2:40 am

    God, I’m super loving this site! Bag Snob Tina, you are soooo funny! “Cristobal Balenciaga himself is probably turning over in his grave” LOL!

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