Everybody seems to be raving online about “Le Dix”, Alexander Wang’s new collection of Balenciaga bags, in what looks like a huge “marketing” tool to completely detach the name of Nicolas Ghesquiere (ex Creative Director) from the house of Balenciaga. I really like Alexander Wang and I find his creations edgy, modern and sporty chic but I don’t think I will ever get over Nicolas Ghesquiere and his iconic motorcycle bag, the Lariat. In fact, I think nobody will.
The new “Le Dix” (for french “TEN”, the name was inspired by Balenciaga’s address in 10 Avenue George V) has nothing edgy; on the contrary I feel it is so classic to the point of boring. It makes me think that Alexander Wang has “jumped” that far to overcome the “sporty” label his past creations bear, that he “landed” to the humdrum side. This is my opinion and my answer to all those who write that fashion bloggers will die from jealousy for not being able to pay around $1500 to own a soon to be iconic piece. No dear, I have $3,000 to spend on handbags this year and it isn’t going to be this grandma’s piece, plus I don’t think it’s ever going to be iconic the way that Lariat was. No offense Alexander!