Imitation in the Opposite Direction

Demna Gvasalia knows how to turn imitations in the opposite direction – think of his DHL T-Shirt for Vetements or the Bazar shopper for Balenciagaicon. His newest take on transforming a completely unsophisticated non-luxurious item into a must-have piece for fashion victims around the globe is his latest accessory for Balenciaga Men and targets originally the male customer. Playing with consumerism, he sent down the runway the so-called ‘Arena Extra-Large Shopper Tote Bag‘ which looks like a copy of the iconic IKEA‘s ‘Frakta Tote‘ in shape, size, and color.

To the left the Balenciaga for $2145.00, to the right IKEA for $0.99.

The only difference? The absence of the IKEA logo on the handles which makes sense, of course, the material (the IKEA version is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene whereas the Balenciaga tote is made of leather), and not surprisingly the price.

I would really like to get into Demna’s head, creative genius or making fun of the fashion world? I somehow tend to believe the latter. What do you think?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Balenciaga and IKEA

Must-Haves: Balenciaga’s Knife Boots

At the top of everyone’s must-have list: ultra-wearable leg-lengthening boots. Spotted on Balenciaga’s S/S 2017 runway were incredible boots in fabric that everyone liked but thought those are impossible to pull off. Inspired by 80’s sportswear and fetishism, this spandex footwear, that is shiny and stretchable with a thin heel and no zip at all, is available in three versions: as a hybrid of pants and boots (so-called Cosmetic Pantashoes available on the Balenciaga homepage, but extremely difficult to wear), as over-the-knee boots and as overly cute ankle booties.

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Fact is that during Paris Fashion Week, street style stars were obssesing over Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga Knife over-the-knee boots. Have a look at all the must-have models that are available now (just click on the highlighted link below to be transferred directly to the shop).

Knife over-the-knee boots in purple

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Knife point-toe over-the-knee boots in pink

And great news is that those boots are here to stay as they were seen on Balenciaga’s F/W 2017 runway again!

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I am in love with them… stay tuned how I style them and first of all, which color I got for myself!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: via Harper’s Bazaar, @WhoWhatWearAU, @lailamagazine, @weworewhat/instagram, @moeeztali/instagram, @Popphotos

Vetements Moves to Zurich

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We feel it’s inevitable and crucial to create contemporary clothing,” says Demna Gvasalia, the Creative Director of Paris design collective VETEMENTS.

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The Maison Margiela alumni elevates deceptively simple pieces with meticulous construction, considered fabrics and playful proportions. Georgian Demna Gvasalia graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2006. After designing womenswear for Maison Martin Margiela, he worked as head designer for Louis Vuitton womenswear. In 2014, he launched the label VETEMENTSicon, a design collective comprising Demna, his brother Guram and five other friends, that is based on the idea of urban cultures, the internet, everyday life on the streets and a modern wardrobe without seasonal themes.

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Vetements is THE trend-setting label at the moment. Demna Gvasalia, the brainchild behind the hot fashion brand and creative director at even hotter fashion house Balenciaga, is serving up clothes that come with a healthy side dish of humor. Just think of the famous DHL T-shirt or the Polizei cap.

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Just now, bigger plans have been revealed for the company. Demna and his younger brother and CEO Guram Gvasalia decided to move their headquarters and design offices to Zurich in Switzerland. How cool is that? In the former headquarters of Bernie’s Fashion that went bankrupt, Vetements has opened its doors.

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Don’t miss the cult collaboration with Manolo Blahnik by clicking here that is available now!icon

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Personally speaking, I love watching the hype about Vetements –  still in my closet there is no piece yet. Just saying… but I absolutely adore what he does for BALENCIAGAicon.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Vetements and Getty Images, via Manrepeller/Hypebeast

Vetements + Juicy Couture

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We feel it’s inevitable and crucial to create contemporary clothing,” says Demna Gvasalia, the Creative Director of Paris design collective Vetements.

The Maison Margiela alumni elevates deceptively simple pieces with meticulous construction, considered fabrics and playful proportions. For Vetements’ S/S 2017 collection, he put up a show that was entirely made up of collaborations with well-known brands from Manolo Blahnik to Levi’s, Juicy Couture, Carhartt, Reebok, Canada Goose, Mackintosh and Dr. Martens among others.

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My favorite of the collaborations was the revival of Juicy Couture. Instead of recreating the brand’s famous velour and terry tracksuits, Demna Gvasalia gave them a modern update as second skin tops and trousers in electric colors with “Juicy Couture” written down the arms and across the bum in crystals.

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Cotton-blend velour top and embellished cotton-blend velour track pants

The to-die-for maxi skirt reveals a thigh-skimming split and is lined with internal briefs. It’s made from glossy black velour inspired by Juicy Couture’s iconic tracksuits…

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Embellished cotton-blend velour hooded top and cotton-blend velour maxi skirt

A real show-stopper! This black jumpsuit is made from cotton-blend velour in a one-shoulder, wide-leg silhouette. It works best with minimal accessories.

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One-shoulder cotton-blend velour jumpsuit

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

The Vetements Effect – Uneven Denim Hem

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We feel it’s inevitable and crucial to create contemporary clothing.” – Demna Gvasalia.

The Creative Director of Paris design collective Vetements and Maison Margiela alumni elevates deceptively simple pieces with meticulous construction, considered fabrics and playful proportions. Leading the fashion tribe, he set a new tone for denim with its no-hem-hemline: think cut-off, let-down, frayed and raw. With its coolness, it’s completely street style approved and worth the investment.

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Reworked high-rise slim-leg jeans by Vetements

And now, aside from Vetements, it’s gone mass: J Brand, Mother, Frame and many others (see below), are going for the uneven, distressed hem.

If you don’t feel like maxing out your budget on a pair of denim jeans, I suggest taking your scissors to create your own frayed style. For all others have fun shopping!

LoL, Sandra

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Distressed mid-rise straight-leg jeansicon by Steve J & Yoni P

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Insider cropped high-rise slim-leg jeans by Mother

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Distressed mid-rise slim-leg jeans by Facetasm

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Carolina high-rise skinny jeans by J Brand
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Le Crop Mini frayed mid-rise bootcut jeans by Frame

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and via Tommy Ton
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Balenciaga’s Bazar Shopper

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Love it or leave it: Balenciaga’s first new bag, the Bazar Shopper, from designer Demna Gvasalia, who is also one of the co-founders of upcoming cult fashion brand Vetements. When he was appointed to the French brand months ago, fashionista were looking forward to seeing what his first bag would look like and it was quite a surprise.

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His ‘Bazar’ collection is inspired by sampeng bags – striped shoppers traditionally used in the markets of Thailand.

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Bazar striped textured-leather tote by Balenciaga
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Bazar medium grained-leather tote by Balenciaga

But Balenciaga is not the first one to come up with a plastic shopping bag being transformed into something high end in leather. Do you remember the Louis Vuitton S/S 2007 collection?

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I leave it to you if you like it or not… I got the Vuitton one nine years ago as a piece for my little “museum“…. and now I am thinking about the Bazar shopper. I like it!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of © Balenciaga, © Louis Vuitton and © Instagram/Icerati