You know that uncomfortable feeling of wearing a jumper thats too thick under a jacket?
Ever wanted to take that feeling to the extreme?
Or did you watch that Friends scene in which Joey wears all of Chandlers clothes and think: yes, thats what I want to look like?
If so, youre in luck, as Balenciaga is now selling a jacket that creates the look and feel of wearing seven jackets at once. What a treat.
One quick note before you choose the jacket as this seasons big coat: it costs £6,985. Ah.
To be fair to Balenciaga, you do get quite a bit of fabric for that price. The oversized parka offers a bunch of layers in different shades and fabrics, so its almost like youre buying seven coats… just seven coats that you have to wear all at once.
The parka is the creation of Demna Gvasalia, who we imagine is someone who is always cold. Or he really, really likes Friends. Those are the only possible explanations.
Along with many layers, the parka also has plenty of space for accessories (might we recommend sandwiches or pizza?), with a chest pocket, a concealed pocket on the sleeve, and side pockets.
Its more convenient than trying to recreate Joeys iconic look with your own clothes – or your roommates – as all the layers are joined together as one. You dont have to faff about with working out which coats are roomy enough to go over your other jackets, or ask a pal to help you wedge your sweating, sleeve-covered arms into the seventh item of clothing.
You will, however, need to commit to going to your launderette, as the parka is dry clean only.
This isnt the first time Balenciaga has taken an unexpected concept and made it high fashion. The brand has previously unveiled a £645 plastic bag shirt, a shirt that looks like its been stapled to a T-shirt, shoes that look like McDonalds fries packets, and a £1,600 take on Ikeas iconic Frakta bag.
There are some lessons to take away from Balenciagas merciless trolling/high fashion upgrades.
Firstly, inspiration is everywhere, and we must keep our eyes wide open to fully appreciate seemingly random moments fashion potential.
And secondly, you can make pretty much anything high fashion if you stick a label on it and send it down the runway. Wear whatever you like and if anyone questions you, say its Balenciaga.
Yes, even your rainhat made out of a Tesco bag and using a ziploc sandwich bag as a clutch. You know Balenciaga will release their own versions any day now.