- Two new bags from Cara Delevingne's collaboration with Balmain drop today.
- The first handbag launched back in May.
- The supermodel collaborated with her friend and Balmain creative director, Olivier Rousteing, to bring these pieces to life.
Balmain's Fall 2019 runway was inspired by the idea of the "troublemaker," and we can't think of two things that represent that idea better than black leather and friend-of-the house Cara Delevingne. With that mood in mind, Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, and supermodel Delevingne collaborated to create three new Balmain bags–two of which drop today.
"Cara is also the star [of the campaign] because it's clear to everyone that she is the embodiment of the Balmain rebelle—the self-assured troublemaker with an invigorating, new type of rebellious spirit," Rousteing explains. "Cara reflects the strong and confident attitude of the women of my generation, women who are not content to simply push back—instead, they revel in pushing forward, (while making sure to push every single button along the way)."
Rousteing says he was partly inspired by Delevingne's spirit, as she seemingly leans into life's paradoxes effortlessly. "She's got attitude; she is a troublemaker, and she doesn't care,” Rousteing says. "She's defiant, but she is a paradox: She can be sweet and romantic too; she can be an angel, or she can be a devil. She cannot be categorized."
The three bags—the BBag (which launched May 23), the Romeo and the Twist—also mark the first collaboration between Rousteing and Delevingne. Still, Delevingne has long held ties with the luxury brand, having previously opened shows and posed in campaigns.
While all three bags feature quilted black leather and gold accents, each maintains an arresting identity of its own. The BBag is effortless yet elegant. The Romeo is intimidating yet whimsical. The Twist is quaint yet empowering.
To want to be two different things at once, this Rousteing-Delevingne collaboration seems to suggest, is not at all impossible.
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