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This Week in Fashion: $2,145 Shopper Totes and $425 Jeans with Fake Mud

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April 26, 2017 · 4.1k Views

Fashion is subjective. Fashion is unique. Fashion is unpredictable. However, I don't think I'm reaching too far when I say this past week in fashion has got us scratching our heads and wondering why. I present two exhibits.


Exhibit A: Balenciaga Arena Extra-Large Shopper Tote Bag, $2,145

balenciaga arena extra-large shopper tote bag

Source: Barneys.com

Look familiar? Yes, because it is essentially a replica of IKEA's FRAKTA bag, which sells for only $0.99  compared to its counterpart which retails at a whopping $2,145. This high-fashion debut is so comical that even IKEA saw the opportunity to make a few stabs at Balenciaga. We love some of the points they make - "1) Shake it. If it rustles, it's the real deal." and "5) Look inside. The original has an authentic IKEA tag." As we're always out hunting for a great deal, we have to go with IKEA on this one. Sorry, Balenciaga.

ikea frakta bag


Exhibit B: Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans, $425

barracuda straight leg jeans

Source: Nordstrom.com

Remember when you were a kid and your mom got furious after another maniac episode of rough play that resulted in mud-stained jeans? Well, it's time to relive your childhood; except now there is a $425 price tag. Nordstrom - we expected more from you - is selling this pair of denim for a hefty price, and here's how they described it:

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty.

Question - It's supposed to show that you're not afraid to get down and dirty, but you had to go buy a pair of $425, fake-mud-stained denim to prove it? Makes sense.

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Daisy loves to write with humor and can be quite the sarcastic commentator when it is appropriate. Loves carbs, fashion, staying active, and pinning the latest DIY projects for her room (which she will actually never do).

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