When you think of Cristobal Balenciaga’s legacy - the hourglass figure pioneered by the couturier almost instantly comes to mind. Exaggerated shoulders, nipped waist, and hips that inflate outwards - the trapezoid shape encapsulates the maison's history.
If there’s a bag that’s hot right now - it’s got to be Balenciaga’s new(ish) Hourglass bag. Launched in late 2019, the bag pays homage to the Spanish couturier by drawing from the founder’s structural tailoring codes. Artistic director Demna Gvasalia created the Hourglass bag to mirror the fashion house’s hero silhouette.
The bag has a unique curvilinear shape that is sure to turn heads. With a short top handle and a detachable shoulder strap, it packs enough personality as all of us. The rectangular body is sleek, with a flap that is monogrammed with the fashion house’s signature B hardware. Cleverly, the creative director has brought a strong look to the voluptuous shape. The accordian style compartment provides ample room, making up for any lost square inches in the bag’s curved shape.
Celine Dion making a splash clutching the Hourglass bag in hot pink
While the Hourglass seems like a classic must-have, it comes in a very Balenciaga-style high-octane hues and finishes that scream fun. The best part? It comes in so many different sizes - there’s an Hourglass bag for everyone. The mini wallet on chain is stepping-out friendly, while the belt bag makes a great addition to your outfit cinched around the waist. We’ll have one of each, thank you very much.
The XS and Mini both come with adjustable shoulder straps - which make for great day to night bags.
If you’re feeling super bougie, there’s even Gucci’s rendition of the Hourglass bag which fuses elements from the Italian fashion house into the trapezoid icon. But considering it’s from Gucci’s 100th anniversary collection - chances are the piece is going to be next to impossible to snag.
Gucci x Balenciaga
Chrissy Teigen acing the chic mom look sporting the Hourglass bag.
Youth style icon Hailey Bieber just can’t seem to get enough of the bag.
Whatever colour or size you pick, this one’s definitely worth the investment and is sure to be one of those bags that will achieve iconic, decade-defining status in the years to come.