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From Bath to Bankrupt: Balenciaga's $925 Towel Skirt Drama

Friday, November 17, 2023 • Tamil Comments
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Luxury fashion label Balenciaga has stirred controversy once more, this time with its recent offering: a terry-cloth towel transformed into a wrap skirt priced at $925 (approximately Rs 77,000). Led by creative head Demna Gvasalia, the fashion house, known for its daring designs and high pricing, has triggered significant scrutiny with this piece from the Spring 2024 collection. Rather than innovating fashion boundaries, the towel skirt appears more like a jest aimed at its buyers, sparking intense debates, especially on social media platforms like X.

Critics express disbelief at the audacity of such a steep price, with some sarcastically suggesting it would pair well with Crocs. Others believe this is a deliberate social experiment, deeming it disrespectful and outrageous towards consumers.

Amid the backlash, Balenciaga supporters defend the brand, noting its deliberate targeting of a particular platform and clientele. They argue that the brand is exploring the true demand curve in economics and gauging the elasticity of its customer base.

This isn't the first time Balenciaga has offered unconventional items; previously, it sold “fully destroyed sneakers,” handbags resembling blanket carriers, and the Trash Pouch – a product inspired by a garbage bag priced at Rs 1.4 lakh.

In response to the towel skirt furor, Ikea seized the moment with an ingenious ad showcasing its $10 VINARN bath towel. The ad featured a model sporting the Ikea towel as a skirt, coupled with a Balenciaga hoodie and sunglasses, over construction pants.

While this towel skirt reignites discussions about Balenciaga's penchant for offering what some consider "ridiculous" luxury items, the brand has faced serious criticism before. Creative Director Gvasalia was previously under fire for a holiday ad in 2022 that depicted children in leather bondage, prompting widespread condemnation and calls for boycotting the brand.

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