Trashbags for Thousands

Designers have always drawn inspiration from many aspects of life, from fold up paperdolls in Moschino’s Spring Summer 17 collection to the porcelain and Italian mosaic tiles in Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2015 collection. But one thing that stands out is the unconventional regurgitation of things we resemble as cheap and common. By placing a logo of a reputable brand name, and suddenly it is a highly prized “Fashion Accessory”.

The first of its kind started in 2006 when Marc Jacobs, Creative Director of Louis Vuitton so famously drew inspiration for Asia’s Nylon bags into a runway sensation. Many of us in Asia recognise this bag as a means of storing excessive stock or heavy personal items.

Surprisingly (or not so surprising), the bag did not make such a huge impact in Asia markets. Instead, people began to consider these Nylon bags as an acceptable accessory by quoting “hey, don’t look down on my nylon bag – even Louis Vuitton makes them!”

In similar fashion, Balenciaga paraded their collection in March of 2016 by showing off a similar design to the Nylon bag, but with an upmarket twist of using textured leather instead of plastic. The bag turned into an overnight joke across Thai, Chinese and Taiwanese social media. It makes us question whether fashion designers are mocking the way we buy into fashion or, were they genuinely inspired by something else?

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In Alexander Wang’s latest collaboration with Adidas Originals, he took inspiration of… what I might consider as “homeless culture”. I am unsure as to whether or not Alexander Wang is making a big joke out of the fashion forward, or that he is trying to send a message about homelessness in America.

Regardless of the true meaning behind his latest collaboration, I think many people will struggle to take a trashbag seriously.

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  • Reply MimaMochi

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article and your point of view really resonated with me. Sometimes I wonder whether these high end designer brands are having a joke at our expense. Moschino always comes to mind when I read of incidents like this. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good novelty item like the next girl, but Windex or Mc Donald’s inspired collections? Hmm…

    We are in a rather interesting period of fashion history. All kinds of statements (especially political ones of recent) can be made through clothes. Certain designer pieces more than ever have become pieces of abstract art, to be interpreted by the observer in whichever way they see fit. Definitely a topic I could ramble about all day. Thanks for the thought provoking article.

    Adrianna xx

    May 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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