Attention: Remember those striped laundry and shopping bags that you hoarded the last time you were in Divisoria? Hold on to them tight as they might just be catapulted to cult bag status real soon.
This piece du jour from the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2016 collection instantly caught people’s attention at Paris Fashion Week—for two reasons actually. One, is its boldness, and two, its resemblance to the plastic laundry bags commonly used in Asian countries like Thailand and the Philippines.
Twinning with the Divi bags.
Many were vocal about their disappointment over this "copycat" version of Thai plastic bags. “We use this style bag (sic) more than 30 years in Thailand,” Facebook user Cristal d'Arques Paris commented, while Facebook user Amy Suk, on the other hand, lamented at the lack of creativity of Balenciaga’s designers. “What next you will copy from the others?” she added.
Though Thai officials stated that Balenciaga did not copy their laundry bags, it’s amusing to see that common items we use on a daily basis could become fashionable one day. We all wouldn't be surprised if Divisoria becomes the next high-fashion mecca.
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Banner photograph from Balenciaga's Facebook page