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You had me at “Balenciaga.” Really. No need to add “Giant City Bag,” but since they did, oh… swoon. I’ve loved this species of Balenciaga bag for years, but the supersized, gold-studded version is to. die. for. Except for the killer price tag, natch.

Balenciaga Giant City Bag in black

Balenciaga Giant City Bagls
($1.895, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls & Barneysls.

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Ashley Tisdale, Fergie, Kourtney Kardashian, Adrienne Bailon, Vanessa Hudgens and Dakota Fanning carrying a Balenciaga Giant City Bag

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BagInc “The Grand City” Medium Leather Bag

Update (05/03/2011): Great find alert! Check out this sick and virtually identical Balenciaga bag knockoff by BagInc. The price is moderate considering it’s made of real leather. The bag comes also in navy or grey. Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” for 10% off your entire order!

BagInc "The Grand City" Medium Leather Bag in black (Balenciaga Giant City knockoff)

BagInc “The Grand City” Medium Leather Bag
($89, BagInc)

Handbag Heaven Broad Ripple Satchel

So I totally dig Balenciaga’s Giant City Bag, but I’m not about to fork over nearly $2K for it. Lucky for me (and you) there are several high-style, low-cost alternatives, starting with this version from Handbag Heaven. And need we remind you that there’s a little special going on at Handbag Heaven? Even better. Available in black, bronze, pewter, brown, white, purple & red (phew!).

Handbag Heaven Broad Ripple Satchel in black (Balenciaga Giant City knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Broad Ripple Satchells
($53.95, Handbag Heaven)

Baghaus Forever A Squared Handbag

Of the three Balenciaga Giant City Bag look-alikes we’ve featured, the Baghaus versions are my favorites. The Forever A Squared Handbag is synthetic, but the crinkly look makes it totally believable. If you’re anti-leather, it’s a wonderful (and chic) alternative.

Baghaus Forever A Squared Handbag in black (Balenciaga Giant City knockoff)

Baghaus Forever A Squared Handbag
($49.95, Nordstrom Rack)

Baghaus Tara Patrick Tote

Also a strong contender for best (almost) Giant City Bag is the Baghaus Tara Patrick Tote. It’s just like the Forever A Squared Handbag above, except that it is a couple inches larger and has silver hardware instead of gold. Both Tara Patrick and Forever A are also available in other colors.

Baghaus Tara Patrick Tote in black (Balenciaga Giant City knockoff)

Baghaus Tara Patrick Tote
($55.95, Nordstrom Rack)


Khloe Kardashian and her hubby recently attended the launch for their new fragrance “Unbreakable” and Khloe looked absolutely amazing in her black silk Gucci jumpsuit which she accessorized with a standout yellow Balenciaga clutch and beige/black Christian Louboutin Mago cap-toe pumps. I’m usually more interested in Kim K.’s style choices, but on this occasion Khloe outshone her sister with her neon yellow clutch. Love it!

Khloe Kardashian’s Look 4 Less

Khloe Kardashian's Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Khloe Kardashian
Where? “Unbreakable” Fragrance Launch, Los Angeles
When? April 04, 2011
What? Gucci S/S 2011 jumpsuit, Balenciaga clutch, Christian Louboutin Mago pumps


Off the runways and straight to my feet! Dear Santa, please? That’s right, I want these beautiful Balenciaga gladiator sandals in my stocking. I think these will have to be put on a secret Santa’s list because at $1.245, I would need to write an “haute” check! 😉

Balenciaga Runway Gladiator Sandals in black

Balenciaga Runway Gladiator Sandals
($1.245, SOLD OUT)

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Ali Larter, Ashlee Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Lindsay Lohan, Fergie and Carrie Underwood wearing black Balenciaga Runway Gladiator Sandals

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Miss Me Dazzle-35 Sandals

Well talk about checks & balances – Miss Me has dazzled me with their version of the Balanciaga sandal. Not to mention, they made it in an array of colors: black, nude (nice!) and red patent. And at $49.95, no need to bounce any checks; save the bouncing for the kiddies on Santa’s lap.

Miss Me Dazzle-35 Sandals in black patent (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Miss Me Dazzle-35 Sandalsamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

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Back in 2007 Mary-Kate Olsen stepped out on the red carpet to see Antony Micallef’s “Impure Idols” LA show debut and I was madly in love with her head-to-toe getup: the quilted leather jacket, the tousled out-of-bed hair and of course her black Balenciaga gladiator wedges. This is rocker meets uptown chic at its best. See my budget-friendly take on MK’s outfit below.

Mary-Kate Olsen wearing black Balenciaga Gladiator Wedges in black

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Mary-Kate Olsen
Where? Antony Micallef’s “Impure Idols”
When? September 18, 2007
What? Balenciaga gladiator wedges

Marc New York Quilted Jacket

Marc New York Quilted Jacket with knit collar in black

Marc New York Quilted Jacketls
($237.60, Bloomingdale’s)

Dana Buchman Vala Wedge Sandals

Dana Buchman Vala Wedge Sandals in black (Balenciaga Gladiator knockoffs)

Dana Buchman Vala Wedge Sandalsls
($51.99, Kohl’s)


If you loved Balenciaga’s Fall 2008 collection, you should check out my look 4 less alternatives on the shiny silver booties. Today, I stumbled upon another look 4 less from the very same collection, but this one’s featuring an LBD.

Balenciaga Fall 2008 LBD

Balenciaga Fall 2008 Cutout Little Black Dressls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress

If you want Balenciaga 4 less, try this LBD from bebe. The material is different and it misses the folds on the hip, but otherwise it’s a great alternative and also available in blue. Plus, the dress is currently on sale for $90.99 down from $159. Yay!

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress LBD (Balenciaga knockoff)

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress
($90.99, bebe)


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