Is now the time of the Luxury for all? Don’t worry and stay calm reading this article till the end, yep I’ll reveal you what is going to happen in the next decades from my point of view, and it counts.
The clothing chain H&M, one of our valued customers, launched a collection in collaboration with the Balmain haute couture brand: in the catwalk we saw Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, followed by a party where they sang the Backstreet Boys. Not bad isn’t it?
Are we living the new era of luxury for all? Definitively yes at least when we saw the spot of the lidl deluxe line and the Carlo Cracco holy potato we realize it is born the so called “popular chic.”
A change maker has surely been the internet law of attraction of opportunities that from the low cost offers stretched to affordable luxury, allowing to exclusive hotel and restaurant chains to discretely benefit from the last minute consumers increasing demand. Today your neighbor’s room may claim that he’s spent a 99$ coupon bought on line instead of your 500$ black VISA special deal, (shit it happened to me), but who cares, at the end it’s nice to feel sometimes a little ordinary isn’t it? (grrr)
Now we witness the phenomenon exactly opposite of regular luxury, that occasionally “falls” to the ground especially when misleading. It is the “popular chic”, also said “brands to starved” (correct I wrote “starved” without any snobbery; all of us are hungry).
Someone said: “You have to take the moneys where they are, by the poor’s. They have little, but they are a lot.“ It is for this reason that very popular low-income malls have built prosperous economic empires, i.e. serving regular hamburger with less than 1 euro. However, even these brave defenders of the rights of the poor are now lured by the Ulysses sirens of the luxury & high quality products.
So in Italy, suddenly at McDonald’ s menu one year ago appears the Gualtiero Marchesi selection, the sandwich with the Canadian lobster McLobster, the one with the burger meat angus McAngus and one with the Supreme angus burger meat with bread baked on stone (perhaps are the stones that the workers used to launch against McDonald ‘s CEO in Chicago, who knows). Lidl Deluxe line is another milestone of the “popular chic”. Once, who was shopping at the so-called discount stores was a no-Logo protester’s, or a non-ideological indifferent to brands, now ravioli filled with roe cost only 1.29 euro. The slogan is: “I do not need much to enjoy the luxury.”
The mission of elevating the status of their customers is now fashionable at all stores. Think at the IKEA design everyday is becoming coolest and some pieces cannot be distinguished alongside those of the premium brand Kartell .
The popular clothing chain H&M as anticipated, has just launched in New York a limited edition collection created in collaboration with the French high fashion brand Balmain, a huge success besides hysteria, really out of control , the point is that , those who have secured a place in the front row in H&M stores have not purchased stuff at low cost prices; in fact , what has characterized the garments designed by Olivier Rousteing , artistic director of the French fashion house , was not only the similarity with the clothes representative of the Balmain style, but also prices , far away from the universe H&M . A total look consists of dress (€ 499), coat (€ 179), boots (€ 249), bag (€ 199) and necklace (€ 79) all together far exceeds the 1,000 euro.
The success of the capsule, is nothing new. But, unlike previous collections in collaboration with Marni, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Jimmy Choo (to name a few), prices have soared to the point of wondering whether the game is worth the candle . The cost of clothing Balmain X H&M promptly sold on eBay is definitively unusual, an embroidered jacket is put up for auction to 3,000 dollars even surpassing the cost of the “real” Balmain.
After shopping, a customer of the H&M store expressed its satisfaction at the New York Times: “I did not sleep, but it was worth it, I have everything that I had chosen. I had never done it before, but I really think that Balmain is the brand of our generation “. A generation that, (as happened in Seoul), seems willing to stand one week before in line outside the stores of the Swedish brand.
And now….and just for connoisseurs the revelation, sssshhhh it’s so secret 😉
- Mass Consumers 2030, disruptor and disrupted thanks to technologies like 1Trueid™ will evolve from fashion victims to contributors, involved individuals, advocate of what’s behind the label, makers;
- HNWI Consumers 2030: will look more and more for indisputable products, with an instantly recognizable value, a true identity and an ethical and transparent supply chain, and they could also and easily produce them by themselves when not available.
Customers advocacy 20xx? Uh they all will become Superlativa contributors and citizens “SORRY BUT I COULDN’T RESIST THE TEMPTATION ^-^”
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