Thursday, 25 March 2010
The Material Boy #380
Balmain Slashed Army T-shirt
There are times when I go bonkers over fashion and pay 'an idiots' price for an item despite knowing I am over charged, but all done in the name of fashion.
But there are times when I would feel immensely stupid to even want to fork out 10% of the price for something that's completely a retail 'ruse'!
This Balmain Slashed Army T-shirt is such an item. What on earth is so precious about the cotton or the 'moth eaten' design that warrants such a exorbitant price? I think you can easily buy a similar tee from some homeless folk in the slums and no one will probably notice the difference. Except, you at least did some 'charity' out of the purchase.
Having said that, die hard Balmain fans will do anything to get their hands on the authentic pieces, which I find it hard to accept in this case. No wrong or right in paying this amount. But will u? My answer is a definite NO. Luxury goods are aspirational and sometimes unattainable to all, but it becomes insulting to a consumer's intelligence when you charge over £700 (or SGD$1626) for something that seems to come out of the trash bin. Now that becomes annoying:(
(Update: For everyone's info, all sizes on Net-a-porter has sold out except size 38 (as I am typing this update). Balmainia is indeed 'crazy' unstoppable!)
Price: £776.92. Where to buy: Net-a-porter