Does everything Demna Gvasalia designs turn into gold?
It seems like every Balenciaga fashion show or product launch these days seems to whip up a frenzy, despite the sometimes outlandish nature of some of the creations. During the Fall-Winter 2022-2023 haute couture shows, the fashion house caused a sensation with a new handbag — and not just any handbag — since this is (oh joy!) a speaker bag that combines style and music.
Speaker Bag, an addition to Balenciaga’s quiry couture creations
It’s no secret that Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia is a fan of hacking everyday objects and transforming them into couture creations, or even that he’s driven by the idea of playing with the street-level codes of the masses. But he has once again pushed the limits of creativity by imagining the ultimate accessory: an ‘it bag’ that’s also a speaker. This is something that’s sure to please the brand’s well-heeled clients — Kim Kardashian, Alexa Demie and Dua Lipa, for example — who had the opportunity to get a close look at the bag during the brand’s latest haute couture show.
Collab with Bang & Olufsen
While there’s nothing innovative about the speaker bag itself, this is the first time that it’s been shown in a couture version likely to land on the most prestigious red carpets. The result of a collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, a Danish firm specialising in audiovisual devices — which recently partnered with the Supreme brand — the hybrid bag has a hard shell that opens at the back to store the bare necessities, and which also features a speaker with all the features necessary for listening to music, including Bluetooth technology. It’s enough to make you the life and soul of the party.
Already on sale in Balenciaga’s new couture boutique, which recently opened a few blocks from the Champs-Elysées in Paris, the speaker bag should soon find itself being copied far and wide. Its price is still a mystery, however, and that’s probably no bad thing.
Hero Image: Courtesy Bang & Olufsen; Featured Image: Courtesy Balenciaga/Instagram
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