This year, we advise against writing a Christmas wish list
Because quite simply, there's no longer any need: simply direct your nearest and dearest to the Balenciaga website instead (we hope you've been good). The house synonymous with luxury leather (not to mention completely covetable ready-to-wear) is always worthy of a place on one's wish list, but this year they've stepped it up a notch with Holiday 2016, an exclusive capsule collection of accessories and jewellery.
Tis the season for a splash of sparkle, and this collection delivers it in spades, with new Balenciaga Classic Metallic Edge leather goods and an extension of the exquisite Eugenia jewellery line. The capsule collection takes some of the house's most covetable bag designs - the iconic City and Mini City bags plus the Envelope Strap clutch - and gives them a new season twist, care of three exclusive colours to ring in the festive season: Roses des Sables (a dreamy blush pink), Gris Taupe (a modern, wear-with-anything neutral) and Rouge Grenade (rich red).
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The collection also includes the Balenciaga Metallic Edge Money long wallet and leather wraparound bracelets in the same trio of colours. And of course, the entire collection is crafted from Balenciaga's butter soft leather and set off by gleaming metal embellishments edged with gold.
The new Eugenia jewellery pieces in the Holiday 2016 collection speak to the same level of luxury - if you don't think of yourself as a pearl girl, don't be surprised if you turn for these. Melding palladium with strass and lustrous pearls in pendants, charm bracelets and cuffs, we're tipping them as 2016's modern heirloom: buy now; cherish forever.
We know Christmas is typically a time for buying gifts for others, but that was before we saw Balenciaga's Christmas goodies - and now we're fully embracing the 'treat yourself' concept (it's a one for you, three for me kind of situation). Don't trust yourself in store? Balenciaga now offers its Australian customers online shopping - head to balenciaga.com/au and check your self-restraint at the homepage.