Raid your cupboards at home. You may be in possession of Balenciaga's latest high-fashion accessory. You just don't know it yet.
The French fashion house has gone and done it again, appropriating everyday items in the name of fashion, and slapping an astronomical price tag on it.
Balenciaga latest tote bears more than a striking resemblance to a 'blanket bag'- the large bags made of durable plastic that we purchase our quilts or blankets in.
The difference? Balenciaga's version, called the Blanket square XL (yes, we know), is made of leather and printed with floral motifs. Plus, it retails for US$3,975 (S$5,569). So what if the nappa handles are twisted by hand?
Of course, netizens are having none of it.
This is not the first time Balenciaga has been accused of turning to common household items for runway inspiration. Its Fall/Winter 2016 show featured the recyclable nylon bags common in Southeast Asia, which also had netizens up in arms.
Before that, Louis Vuitton presented checkered tote bags which also resembled the same nylon canvas bags for its Spring/Summer 2007 collection.
So thanks Balenciaga, but no thanks.