A sanitary way to store germ magnates such as wallets and mobile phones? Louis Vuitton’s newest bag ‘Raindrop Besace’ appears to be made from bin liners. In a world still not rid of influenza A H1N1, carrying a bag that looks like its content can be properly disposed may not be such a bad idea.
The reference to trash is, of course, not new. In January 2000, John Galliano’s Dior Couture showed a collection that was a homage to hobos, complete with dangling bits of the discarded and liquor bottles. Galliano himself said that he was inspired by the homeless people he saw while jogging along the Seine in the morning. While the look was more a parody of Central Park habitues than actual street urchins, it was provocative enough for a group to protest outside the Dior atelier on Avenue Montaigne wearing plastic garbage bags.
Last year, nearly a decade later, Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2009 collection had models wearing Philip Treacy hats that were confections of bin liners, cans, and household objects.
Surely by now we would have trashed the trash. Or any trashy ideas.