Alexander Wang's First Handbag Collection For Balenciaga Is Called 'Le Dix' & It's Dix-licious!

01 August 2013 by

Alexander Wang's first bag collection for Balenciaga: Cartable in Forest Green

Alexander Wang is a man of many ‘It’ bags: for the designer’s eponymous line, his elephant-textured leather slouchy buckets, metal-edged x-bodies and street-smart duffles have resulted in a cult following within fashion brackets, celebrity-land and way, way beyond. Even if you haven’t joined the ‘Totes Wang’ club, you’ll know doubt recognise the chunky studded bottom of the Rocco or the sporty drawstring silhouette of the Diego.

Le Dix Cartable in Pearl Gray

When you think of Balenciaga’s most toted bag of the Ghesquiere years – the biker inspired, slouchy, tough Lariat bag - you may be surprised to see just how incredibly sleek Wang’s debut Balenciaga bag offering is. Then again, so was his debut A/W runway. Turning his back on anything remotely casual, Balenciaga's lady won’t be lugging around all but the kitchen sink this season…. Even if the bags are roomy enough.

Le Dix Cartable in black

The American whizz-kid has been eagerly exploring the brand's full archives ever since his appointment last year, and while the name of the ‘Le Dix’ collection references the original Balenciaga salon on 10 Avenue George V and the first scent of the fashion house, we think there's also a signficant visual connection to this rich heritage. The simplicity in Wang’s new project does wink towards the late 1930s/early 1940s, when Cristobal Balenciaga first set up shop in Paris: top handles, boxy totes, zero decoration, muted gold appendages in a stratched texture....

Le Dix Pochette

No excess, no frills. Pure, chic, simple. Some shapes, like the entry-point wrist-strapped Pochette for around £655, bring Le Dix into the present, but there’s no doubt that with the continued adoration for subtle arm candy – think Celine’s Cabas tote or Saint Laurent’s Duffle – all of these styles have more than a bit of till-ringing potential.

*Images from POPSUGAR Fashion News


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