In 2001, the year Gucci Group (PPR) acquired Balenciaga, the motorcycle-inspired Lariat roared onto the fashion scene. Designer, Nicholas Ghesquière poured his heart into this distressed leather, inky blue, squishy tote with tassles, zips and rivets.
He then dispatched the first thirty to chums Kate Moss
, Sienna Miller, Chloë Sevigny
, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Carine Roitfeld - a process known as 'seeding'. Along with skinny trousers and a blouson jacket, it remains part of the Balenciaga 'look'.
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