Kate Moss Brings Back a Y2K It Bag

Two noughties icons aging like fine wine? Kate Moss and Balenciaga’s City bag. A few days ago, the stars aligned, and the two came together for a street-style moment that highlighted the best of the early 2000s, with a fresh twist.

The seasoned supermodel stepped out to walk her dog in London’s Notting Hill, looking every bit an OG It girl, ever so coolly wrapped in a massive snowy-white faux-fur coat. Moss layered the statement piece over a slouchy black minidress, which she wore over matte black tights and paired with the sexiest thigh-high boots—these in skintight black leather with sharp stiletto heels.

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But the pièce de résistance of the fit was Demna’s reimagined Le City bag—the crunchy black Arena lambskin handbag with shiny silver studs and hardware. The boho staple has evolved quite a bit since its debut in 2001, under the tenure of Nicolas Ghesquière.

Balenciaga Le City Small Bag

Le City Small Bag

Balenciaga Le City Small Bag

Once known as the Motorcycle City Bag, the messy, off-duty-look handbag landed on the hands of It girls and models including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie—and yes, a fresh-faced Kate Moss at the height of her career. Now, Demna has brought it back. And given the revival that old-school staples like denim maxi skirts, low-rise pants, and even jorts are enjoying, we can’t imagine a better moment for its return.

See Moss wearing the It bag here in the early 2000s:

london september 1 model kate moss walks down a north london street september 1, 2003 in north london photo by gareth cattermolegetty images

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Kate Moss in North London on September 1, 2003.

london december 16 model kate moss takes an afternoon strool on december 16, 2003 in west london photo by gareth cattermolegetty images

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Kate Moss in West London on December 16, 2003.


Rosa Sanchez is the senior news editor at Harper’s Bazaar, working on news as it relates to entertainment, fashion, and culture. Previously, she was a news editor at ABC News and, prior to that, a managing editor of celebrity news at American Media. She has also written features for Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Forbes, and The Hollywood Reporter, among other outlets.