Purveyor of high fashions, Balenciaga, has released a shirt that costs $1,616, and that’s only the second most confusing thing about it. The first most curious quality is the design, which is…well, just look at it!
No amount of squinting or head tilting will make sense of this item. According to Balenciaga’s website, the double shirt is made up of “striped short sleeves and long sleeves shirts with two wearing options,” though the short sleeve shirt in some of the images doesn’t bear any visible stripes and, judging by how ridiculous it looks on the model, there are exactly zero acceptable wearing options. The brand suggest it can either be worn as a tee-shirt with a long-sleeve pinned to the front or as a long sleeve with an empty tee-shirt on the back.
Unless you absolutely need to piggyback a shirtless person and don’t have the two safety pins and oversized shirts necessary to throw this thing together yourself, however, there’s really no justification for it. Siamese twins, maybe?
Though, in fairness to Balenciaga, its designers have never been too concerned with rooting products in reality. Rather than paying attention to market demands, they make demands of the market. Demands like “buy these overpriced, bedazzled, runway Crocs!” Or, “put these weird af sneakers on your feet and your Instagram feed.”
Ultimately, it’s the fashion-wearing public’s fault that this double shirt exists. Until people tell luxury brands like Balenciaga that enough is enough — both with words and wallets — everyone is doomed to experience increasingly silly and overpriced clothing items.
So, on behalf of all the sensibly dressed people in the world, a message to Balenciaga and anyone who would wear their ‘experimental’ styles: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.