Are Designers Having A Laugh At Our Expense?

Are we being trolled by fashion or what?

By now you will have seen the Balenciaga shirt that has blown up the internet. No? Then here… have a go at this little number.

It's a shirt! It's a t-shirt! It's farshun. Image: Balenciaga

Balenciaga’s T-shirt Shirt, is-- as the name suggests -- a T shirt and shirt, in erm, one. The piece, which is part of the luxury’s fashion brand’s Fall ‘18 collection retails for a cool $1,290  and is causing a little bit of a stir since its release a few days ago.

And by a little bit of a stir, we mean it’s breaking the internet.

And it’s not the first time the Spanish fashion house has made some decidedly strange style decisions on behalf of the minted masses. There were the Crocs --the Crocs! -- pictured here in pink, that caused a mini sensation on their release in February and cost a cool $850.

Crikey. Image: Balenciaga

There were the bad trainers -- the Triple S sneakers -- they released in September 2017, loved by models Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid.

Triple S Sneakers got a bad rap, but sold out so what do we know? Image: Balenciaga

And there was the $2145 leather tote bag inspired by IKEA’s iconic 99c Frakta carry bag.

Look familiar? Image: Balenciaga

Now, you don’t actually wear that, of course, but it definitely shows yet again Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia's strange obsession with trolling us mercilessly with fashion that’s essentially upscale versions of everyday items. I mean, it's funny but is it fashion? Demna, c'mon!

His past hits have included bags inspired by the square plastic wrappers that hold electric blankets and bags that look like those $2 shop laundry holdalls. See below.

But Balenciaga isn’t the only label creating ugly clothes that get the world talking. Oh no, my friend.

Meet Carmar Denim’s Extreme Cut Out distressed jeans. Distressed? They’re practically calling 000. These saw the LA-based denim line get mercilessly slated in the media (although the jeans sold out, so fashion, hey?)

At least they'd be easy to fold, right? Image: Carmar Denim

"Good thing they have a zipper and a button at the crotch otherwise she'd be over exposed," said one comment on the brand’s Instagram. "Who ever buys these jeans for $168 is out of their mind," said another.

And ASOS, the online store famous for innovative fashion at high street prices, were selling these Ragged Priest jeans for $125 last year. They've since been taken off the site (and hopefully burned).

Image: ASOS

We can’t even.

Or Top Shop had these jeans. With see-through knees.

Image: Nordstrom

Crying now.

Luckily the internet has a sense of humour. Cue Twitter user @AH_Mike.

Featured Image: Balenciaga