While the fashion world is still processing the haute couture display at the Met Gala, be it trying to decipher the looks, or simply enjoying them, today the news rests on a much more mundane garment. Or rather, a reinvention of it.
A diver from $1,190
Sometimes it is difficult to measure prices in luxury stores, but other times it is more difficult to understand the motivation behind the sale of a product. Worth $ 1,190, the Balenciaga brand offers in its Web page a diving pants that has something sewn that imitates a boxer, called Optical illusion. The latter, translated as “fool the eye”, is a style of optical illusions in fashion and art.
This garment raises many questions: is it the latest trend in fashion or just another way to get easy money? Isn’t it more comfortable for yourself to combine your underwear with your jumpsuit? And is it really worth more than a thousand dollars? However, for American society he has yet another question: is this racist?
This is the reaction of the tweeter @ loveKase24: «Black men are discriminated against and devalued for sagging pants and Balenciaga he is getting rich from this style. How crazy how ghetto is until they put a label on it ».
The Professor of African Studies at the University of California, Marquita Gammageexplained to CNN that these pants have «Cultural appropriation written above». This is because it goes beyond being a style, but is associated with certain communities, times and behaviors. “Fallen clothing has been consequential for African Americans; yet companies like Balenciaga seek to take advantage of blacks and black style and culture, while failing to challenge the systematic racism that criminalizes blacks and black fashions. ” settled.