Balenciaga is here to make the blanket bag happen — but is this the most expensive bag-in-a-quilt you’ve ever seen? We investigate the latest trend.
Fashion trends seem to be getting more eccentric, with the celeb set embracing Vetemenets x Manolo Blahnik waist-high boots and now, behold Balenciaga’s latest It-bag — the Blanket Tote. Seem familiar? Well, that’s probably because it looks like it came right out of a linen closet and has an uncanny resemblance to quilt-in-a-bag packaging — but would you ever be able to justify the $3,670 price tag?
From the top tote handles and the longer strap to the logo placed diagonally along the corner, (where the quilt size would usually be), the striking resemblance isn’t just a coincidence. In fact, on Net-a-porter, the description of the bag reads: “Balenciaga’s oversized tote is inspired by classic blanket bags.” Oh, you don’t say!
If you are a fan of the trend and can’t bring yourself to drop thousands on the design, taking an old plastic blanket bag and stuffing a quilt into it might be a more viable option.
While the silhouette seems silly, it is worth pointing out that we can expect to see super-sized bags come fall, especially after large totes and extremely oversized purses dominated the runways at Chanel, Celine, Michael Kors, and, obviously, Balenciaga, (to name a few).
Let’s be honest — it’s only a matter of time before a stylish celeb steps out sporting the design, and our bet is that we’ll first see it on Rihanna — but given the roomy silhouette, it could probably even double as a diaper bag, (we’re looking at you, Beyonce).
What do you think of the outrageous tote? Do you feel like Balenciaga is punking us with the latest design or are you obsessing over the familiar looking purse? Leave your thoughts on the latest trend below.