Fashion is all about the high-low balance.
Trends filter down from the catwalks into affordable high street versions. High conform borrows the styling of street style.
Or, in Balenciaga’s case, you take impulse from Ikea’s classical big blue bag (you know, the ones you lift your lingonberry extract and rugs home in), make it fancy, and sell it for thousands of pounds
Balenciaga’s ‘Arena Extra-Large Shopper Tote Bag’ is done of blue wrinkled, glassy leather. It’s splendid blue. It’s massive. It’s ideal for carrying all kinds of Vardagens and Bullars.
Oh, and it’s $2,145 (£1,672) from Barneys.
Ikea’s vast selling bag, meanwhile, is done of plastic. It’s splendid blue. It’s massive. It’s also ideal for carring all kinds of Vardagens and Bullars.
Oh, and it’s 99p from Ikea.
So essentially, if you’re feeling imagination and you know it, applause your hands, open your purse, and dump thousands on Balenciaga’s Extra-Large Shopper Tote Bag.
If you’re some-more of a bargain-hunter, you just go forward and collect up a bag from Ikea and tell people it’s designer, darling. You’re nailing it.