Would you pay £825 for this Balenciaga shirt you can’t actually wear as a shirt?
Provided by Metro The garment has been sewn so you can only wear it around your waist (Picture: Balenciaga)
When it comes to getting the most out of your clothes, looking for multifunctional items that’ll see you through many seasons to come is a good bet.
A decent flannel shirt usually falls under this remit, able to be worn as a light jacket, top, or tied around your waist – that is if it’s not this Balenciaga offering.
At £825, the Men’s Knotted Shirt is certainly an investment piece. Yet its name belies its usage, as you can’t actually wear it as a shirt at all.
The piece – which was first shown as part of Balenciaga’s SS22 Red Carpet collection – is designed to be worn around the waist, kind of like you’d do with a regular shirt when it’s warm outside.
Crucially, there’s no collar, with the black check cotton having been folded and sewn into more of a skirt or lungi shape.
Although the sleeves can be tied and untied, this is more for adjusting the details of your look than to keep your arms warm.
A BB Balenciaga logo is embroidered on the left sleeve, and the Italian-made fabric is dry clean only – certainly not your average throw-on flannel.
Provided by Metro Peep the label, which is on the waist rather than collar – as it would be on a shirt (Picture: Balenciaga)
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It seems counterproductive to take a multipurpose garment and turn it into something less functional (with a much larger price tag to boot) but Balenciaga has form.
Last year, the Paris-based fashion house took the humble Croc – known for its comfort – and put a towering stiletto heel on the bottom. Then this year Balenciaga debuted a £1,000 bag that was a carbon copy of a Tesco carrier bag with upmarket branding.
Celebrities get the same treatment, with ambassador Kim Kardashian sporting outfits made of tape (branded, of course) or that are so tight she can’t move her arms.
Dare we say, if you’re considering this alleged ‘shirt’, it’s better to go for one that can fulfil its many purposes in life and doesn’t cost a month’s rent? Without invoking the wrath of the fashion police, it does seem like the logical solution.
That said, this upmarket lumberjack kilt does have sustainability credentials.
Balenciaga’s website reads: ‘This product contains 100% organic cotton, grown without chemical fertilisers, pesticides or GMOs.
‘This method of cultivation requires half as much water as conventional cotton on average, improves soil quality and respects ecosystems and biodiversity.
‘Organic cotton cultivation ensures better remuneration and working conditions for the growers.’
You’ll be justifying such a purchase to yourself for a long time after the card payment goes through, so it’s best to find small wins when you can.
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Balenciaga Drops $7,290 USD Runner-Shaped Sculpture
Balenciaga has unveiled its latest Object — a sculpture arriving in the form of its Runner sneaker.
Limited to 20 units only, the piece celebrates the footwear silhouette that first made its debut in 2021. The life-sized glazed ceramic item is modeled, carved and painted by hand to replicate the look of the shoe with a worn effect. Just like the original shoe, the sculpture appears to feature a mesh base, along with technical overlays. “Runner” branding is seen on the midsoles, while Balenciaga’s logo is placed on the tongue.
Take a closer look above. Priced at $7,290 USD, the Runner Sculpture is available at Balenciaga’s locations in Beijing, Beverly Hills, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Monaco, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo, in addition to the brand’s online store.
Cardi B’s 3-Year-Old Daughter Kulture Strikes a Pose in Head-to-Toe Balenciaga
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Cardi B’s 3-year-old daughter Kulture is just like her mom and has a love of luxury designer fashion.
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The Grammy Award-winning rapper shared a number of shots of her little one sporting a head-to-toe Balenciaga look. “Light but heavy,” she captioned an Instagram post, seemingly referring to the three chunky gold chains and sparkling Patek Philippe watch she gifted Kulture on her second birthday.
The toddler wore a white Balenciaga Los Angeles logo T-shirt, which costs $195, with a beige logo hoodie and matching sweatpants. On her feet, she sported tiny $350 sneakers. The shoes are the brand’s “Track.2” silhouette and they’re leather-free. The style is rendered from a combination of mesh and nylon and features a sole with an augmented back that was designed to propel the foot forward.
Kulture, whose dad is Offset from Migos, also showed off a mini black croc-embossed “Hourglass” leather top handle bag, which goes for $1,090. The “I Like It” rapper‘s daughter wore the high-end bag as a crossbody.
Cardi B and Offset were most recently spotted leaving an event in West Hollywood on February 12, 2022. – Credit: MEGA
Meanwhile, the Reebok collaborator could be seen in the last photo of the slideshow wearing bright yellow slides with colorful printed joggers and a red tank top, plus a matching hat.
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