Fashionistas aren’t skirting the issue — they’re trolling it.
Rather than waisting a small fortune on the latest oddity in luxe finery — a $925 towel skirt offered by the house of Balenciaga — style hounds are taking to their linen closets to get the look.
“I found a dupe for that,” teased TikTok tastemaker Ellie Brennan, a millennial content creator from the UK, in the caption of a trending post featuring her in a white tank top, heels and a standard bathroom towel.
“Getting ready for a night with the girls after seeing that Balenciaga skirt,” quipped the brunette of the beige designer bottoms to a virtual audience of 3.7 million viewers.
No stranger to social media scrutiny, the posh Italian imprint — which was set ablaze by digital hellfire in 2022 after unveiling a “creepy” BDSM-inspired ad campaign that starred small children — debuted the poorly received bottoms during its recent spring 2024 fashion show in Paris.
Boasting a Balenciaga logo embroidery on its front, the terry cotton couture is a knee-length number that features two waistline buttons and an adjustable belt built into its interior.
The unisex offering, which is currently available for pre-order per the swanky brand’s site, comes in sizes small and medium.
But online wisecrackers are apparently unfazed by the wrap-around’s haute specs.
“Why @Balenciaga?” asked Maryland-based style trendsetter Willy Kayson in a parody TikTok post, as he sarcastically posed in a white towel. The voguish guru waggishly stamped the video with the shady hashtag “#DumbFashion.”
A Gen Z beauty trailblazer named Ebboni, 24, echoed his distaste for the pricy apparel.
“POV: You bought the $925 Balenciaga towel skirt…Or get it for free out of your closet,” she wrote in the closed captions of her own clip in which she modeled a makeshift replica of the skirt.
But Balenciaga isn’t the only la-di-da line to roll out a less-than-loveable look.
Luxury label Loewe endured an equally harsh tongue-lashing from online haters in February after Cindy Crawford’s daughter, model Kaia Gerber, rocked its $1,850 Comic Balloon Pumps — which came outfitted with latex balloons in a ruffle pattern.
“I need those to mop the floors as I walk the catwalk,” kidded a cheeky critic of the footwear.
Others shamed the fashionmongers for sticking the peculiar pumps with a staggering price tag, saying, “Cannot understand why anyone would think that was a ‘designer’ outfit worth spending a fortune on.”