EVERY so often fashion throws a curveball, something so wacky or outlandish that we mere mortals can merely gawp in disbelief.
Case in point: the current must-have "it" bag by Jil Sander, which comes in at a whopping £185. Now, having shelled out the best part of 200 quid, you would be expecting, at the very least, a butter-soft leather number which would garner multiple admiring/ envying glances.
Instead, fashionistas are salivating over a brown paper bag that looks like something a jakey would cart his Buckfast about in while sauntering to the nearest park bench.
Granted, it has a laminated protective coating and is stitched in brown thread but it is still a PAPER BAG. You could get virtually the same effect by turning a McDonald's bag inside out – and for the mere price of a cheeseburger.
And don't be giving me patter about it being art, ironic conceptualism, satire or any other of the daft labels people use when they are trying to make themselves look clever and cover up the fact they have been taken in by a ridiculous Emperor's New Clothes-style ruse.
We live in a country where stepping out without an umbrella is a game of Russian roulette, never mind toting your iPhone, purse and lippy around in something that "repels water, but is not completely waterproof", according to a Jil Sander spokeswoman.
If you ask me, when it comes to making a statement, the Vasari – to give the bag its proper name – is akin to wearing a big sign that reads: "I have more money than sense."
Don't get me wrong. There are times when fashion can be witty, sage and engaging. This isn't one of them. It simply takes the proverbial pee. And what is stylish about that?
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