IKEA puts up S$12.50 towel for sale after Balenciaga releases S$1,250 towel skirt

Spot the difference.

Julia Yee | November 17, 2023, 10:51 AM



Balenciaga recently released a towel skirt for S$1,250 as part of its Spring 24 Collection.

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S$1,250 towel skirt

The cloth is listed as "Balenciaga Towel Skirt" on the website, and is said to be made of beige terry cotton.

The unisex skirt comes in sizes S and M.

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There are two buttons at the waistline and an adjustable buckled belt on the inside, according to the product description.

It sits mid-waist and is meant to graze your knees.

Here's what it looks like from the side:

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Here's what it looks like from the back:

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It can only be dry cleaned.

Which is ironic, considering it's a towel.

If you're into wearing towels outdoors, though, there's a cheaper alternative.

S$12.50 towel skirt

IKEA UK recently introduced its version of the towel on Instagram.

Aside from needing a bit of ironing, the towel seems wearable.

Image via IKEA UK

It's called the "VINARN Towel Skirt", and costs only S$12.50 on IKEA's Singapore website.

Unlike the Balenciaga towel that only comes in beige, the IKEA towel offers you other choices of light blue, light pink, and light grey.

It even shares a similar waffle border as the Balenciaga skirt.

IKEA left, Balenciaga right. Images via IKEA and Balenciaga

"A 2024 Spring fashion essential," the furniture retailer called it, complete with "#Fashion" in the caption.

Blue bag incident

This isn't the first time IKEA has trolled the high fashion brand (if it was a trolling attempt), according to Vogue.

In 2017, Balenciaga dropped a S$2,996 blue tote bag which bore a suspicious resemblance to IKEA's shopping bag which currently costs S$1.

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It inspired the IKEA marketing team put together this ad:

Image via IKEA

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Top images via IKEA and Balenciaga