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Balenciaga files $25 million suit against producers of ‘malevolent’ ad

  • Balenciaga has filed a suit against the producers of its campaign ad that included an image of a Supreme Court decision on child pornography laws.
  • The French fashion house is seeking $25 million from production company North Six, Inc. and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins, who both allegedly included the document without its knowledge.
  • The ad, featuring a $3,000 purse from Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection, was unearthed on the heels of another controversial ad by the company, in which children were shown holding teddy bears dressed in bondage.
  • A representative from North Six reportedly claimed that the company managed the logistics and contracted the set designer, while Des Jardins’ agent said Balenciaga was present in every step of the production process.
  • Meanwhile, the renowned photographer of the teddy bear photoshoot maintained that he had no hand in choosing the models or objects involved.
  • Balenciaga has released back-to-back apologies amid allegations that it promotes child abuse.

Balenciaga has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the producers of its campaign ad that featured a Supreme Court decision on child pornography laws.

The photo ad of a $3,000 purse from Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection included a printout of the 2008 United States v. Williams decision, which ruled on the constitutionality of a federal law banning the “pandering” of child pornography.

Netizens say new $1,800 Balenciaga x Lay’s handbag looks like $3 bag from AliExpress

  • Spanish luxury fashion brand Balenciaga collaborated with American potato chip brand Lay’s to release a new handbag that resembles a bag of chips.
  • Available in red, yellow and blue, the new accessory features a zipper at the top and “Balenciaga Paris” at the center.
  • As images of the new handbag have gone viral on social media, reports have also emerged that the new item will be priced at $1,800.
  • Social media users, however, have pointed out that a similar-looking bag already exists for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Aliexpress.
  • A Lay’s-design crossbody bag costs only $3 on AliExpress, but some buyers have complained it is made of poor materials.

A new Lay’s-inspired Balenciaga handbag rumored to be priced at $1,800 is being compared by netizens to a similar-looking $3 crossbody bag being sold on AliExpress.

Spanish luxury fashion brand Balenciaga collaborated with the American potato chip brand Lay’s for a new handbag that resembles a bag of chips. 

‘The most expensive trash bag in the world’: Balenciaga stokes ridicule with $1,790 trash pouches

  • Balenciaga is currently making headlines after releasing a trash bag-inspired drawstring sack that costs $1,790.
  • The bag, officially known as the “Trash Pouch,” first appeared in the luxury fashion house’s Winter 2022 collection show in March.
  • In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Creative Director Demna Gvasalia said he could not miss the opportunity to make “the most expensive trash bag in the world.”
  • Balenciaga has positioned itself as a trendsetter for the absurd in recent years and sparked a similar controversy in May with its “extremely worn” sneakers.

Just months after drawing flak in China and elsewhere for $1,900 “extremely worn” sneakers, Balenciaga has once again stirred the pot with the release of what it claims to be the world’s “most expensive trash bag.”

The drawstring sack, officially known as the “Trash Pouch,” debuted during the luxury fashion house’s Winter 2022 collection show in March but went viral just recently after becoming available in-store.

Chinese social media slams Balenciaga’s ‘extremely worn’ limited-edition $1,850 sneakers

Balenciaga sneakers
  • Weibo users did not hold back while criticizing a campaign for Balenciaga’s “extremely worn” limited-edition sneakers worth $1,850.
  • Images of the costly Balenciaga Paris Sneaker started circulating on Chinese social media this week, with over 2.12 million users already talking about them.
  • The sneakers depicted in the photos, which the Spanish fashion house described as “extremely worn, marked up, and dirtied,”, were reportedly designed to comment on how fast fashion and human consumption negatively affect the environment.
  • Weibo users claimed that the shoes seem more like “an example of tone-deafness from wealthy people,” with one Weibo user asking, “Is it a game for the rich?”

Weibo users did not hold back while criticizing a campaign for Balenciaga’s “extremely worn” limited edition sneakers worth $1,850.

Images of the costly, “full destroyed” Balenciaga Paris Sneaker started circulating on Weibo this week, with over 2.12 million users already talking about them, South China Morning Post reported. The photos depict pairs of shoes that appear to have been found in a lake or garbage bin, according to several users.

Balenciaga Sparks Outrage Over ‘Ugly’ Bags for Chinese Valentine’s Day

Balenciaga has come under fire yet again — this time in China for what social media users are calling “tacky,” “gaudy” and “tasteless” handbags.

In time for the Chinese Valentine’s Day (Qixi Festival) on Aug. 25, the French fashion house launched a new collection of bags that featured various expressions of love, including “He loves me,” “You love me,” “I love you” and “I love me.”