After a highly successful debut season, Longchamp’s star Balzane bag will once again be leading the style stakes for Spring 2012. Named after the white markings found on horses’ legs, this thoroughbred design, which elegantly reinterprets the codes of the equestrian universe, presents a stunning array of new variations.
With its signature trompe-l’Œil saddle-cum-flap, the original Balzane hand-held tote introduces, alongside classic Black, three new seasonal shades. Elegant and authentic, natural and taupe enhance the beauty of the Balzane’s young bull leather, specially chosen for its luxuriously thick, supple feel, while pure white – complemented by bright nickel-finish hardware – speaks irresistibly of summer.
A new spacious hobo bag reinforces the casual chic spirit of the Balzane collection. Sporting two shoulder straps (one long, one short), this versatile and stylishly slouchy
design also features multiple pockets and a practical wide opening – perfect for the girl about town.
Three key new interpretations also make their debut. So much more exotic than leopard, snake or alligator, iguana is the print to be seen with this season. Balzane Style Iguane flawlessly replicates the lizard’s tiny scales and brown and beige markings on supple goatskin, while smooth grey-brown calfskin trim and brushed gold hardware add to the refinement of this design.
Balzane Perfo, meanwhile, comes in velvety young bull nubuck leather with pinpoint perforations that conjure a sophisticated and summery spirit. Brushed gold hardware complements the four deliciously deep shades: mocha, beige, khaki and raspberry.
Last but by no means least, Balzane Toile anticipates carefree summer days with its supple cotton and linen canvas trimmed with naturally tanned calfskin in two graphic colour combinations. Honey and taupe leather trim gives the ecru canvas an elegant safari twist, while raspberry and mocha combine to create a vaguely nautical feel. Geared to summer lifestyles, Balzane Toile also offers subtle changes of shape: alongside the season’s shoulder-carried hobo bag, a new vertical tote and a larger horizontal tote come with adjustable handles and a flat front pocket for practicality.