remember the first time you heard about the lariat? the bag that was seen on the arms of kate moss and mary-kate olsen, tassels dangling, with the flat brass studs and the softest leather you’ve ever seen. nicolas ghesquiere famously said it almost didn’t produce. that was 2001. the lariat begat a million sizes, colors, materials, and was the it bag of the decade—plus made balenciaga lots of money.
flash forward to today, and alexander wang has released his first bag collection for the brand, called ‘le dix,’ a nod to the address of the first atelier at 10 avenue george v. unlike the lariat, the bags are more structured, which according to ghesquiere is what he didn’t want when he came up with the lariat. now the pendulum has swung back, with stiffer bags from victoria beckham, saint laurent, céline, and valextra have become de rigueur. like the original lariat, there’s nary a logo to be found, and the metal treatments are subtle. the bags are the perfect finishing touch to the sharp yet ladylike fall clothes. with prices from $995 for the pochette to $2250 for the largest style, these should be competitive with the names above. a new it bag for a new era? based on the hits wang has already had with his namesake accessories, i’d say you bet.
photos via vogue.com