Everyone in the fashion world has been up in arms about Balenciaga’s multi-coloured stripe bag that debuted at Paris Fashion Week last week.
The bag is the splitting image of Thailand’s “rainbow bag”, a plastic bag that is used by merchants and shoppers and costs less than a pound. Meanwhile, Balenciaga’s price tag is around the £1,000 mark.
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However, this isn’t the first time the catwalk has “copied’” the design of everyday shopping bags.
In 2006 Louis Vuitton sent a bag down the runway in a very similar print to that of a reusable plastic bag commonly used worldwide.
The low-end version of the bag, which is still around today, can be picked up for only a few modest quid and if we’re quite honest we can’t see much difference between the cheap version and the high-end one.
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The bag designs that have gone from the checkout to the catwalk get snazzier. Ashish sent the below very sassy number down the catwalk a few seasons back. The resemblance to a Tesco bag is uncanny, if not a tad more sparkly.
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Meanwhile, just last season Anya Hindmarch created an entire outfit inspired by classic British retailer John Lewis. We guess we know where she goes to do her Christmas shopping.
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Ashish seemed to be on a roll with the plastic bag theme in SS14. Cleverly changing around the initials of classy supermarket M&S to a more imaginative S&M - we LOL’D.
The Celine AW13 collection took the bag print to a whole new level, creating an entire outfit that made the model look like she was quite literally wearing a plastic shopping bag.
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Even Chanel has jumped on the bag bandwagon. We all remember Chanel’s awesome supermarket theme catwalk that obvs had to have a few supermarket accessories. It even included the most stylish shopping basket we’ve ever seen.
Can our local Lidl start stocking ones like this please?
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If you have a Carrefour plastic bag, chances are it’s filled with cheap wine and cheese on your way back from a trip from France. Using this Anya Hindmarch copy could really get some of your mates excited for no reason, apart from the fact that it does actually look pretty cool.
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There you have it, head to your fave supermarket and pay that 5p for a plastic bag and you’ve got yourself a copy designer handbag for a slither of the price - score.