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Well, first it's just 280 Pound in other stores which means browns is overpriced anyway. But it seems to be of very good quality (fabric and cunstruction-wise) and you don't know how labor-intense the dying process is.

I won't say it's justified but it's not that overpriced.

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^I agree. Plus, that shirt is stunning. The Balmain jacket however is not. Never thought they could keep increasing their prices. It's just ridiculous but it looks like they can afford to do that. I feel sorry for all the people who actually get their overpriced stuff at full price

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Isabel Marant, esp. her last spring collection which looks like the Gap:



$220.00 U.S. for cut offs. Hahahahahhahahaha!

Anyone who pays that has too much money.

Other pieces in this collection are also overpriced. I would say a lot of Balmain is overpriced though not all. Proenza is pretty high overall, too.

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How on earth did they come up with that number?
It's actually quite simple:

I've cracked the Balmain code

it's beyond, no?
I just hope this clears everything up, so we can stop asking "why-oh-why-is-it-sooooo-expensive?"

mikeijames darling, it's very morbid of you to come provoking the people around here like that! Unapologetically morbid, dare I say


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OMG, that is amazing

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Does anybody else have the feeling that Jil Sander womens is becoming more and more expensive? The prices of some of those maxiskirts and simple dresses are just ridiculous, up to 4300 pounds!

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Well, the Jil Sander price tags have always had way to many figures on them. Even under Jiline the brand was known for expensive womenswear since she liked to import fine materials all the way from Japan.
The reality is that the prices are likely to be that high as long as they have customers. I think Jil Sander has become more overprices under Raf than it was when Jiline ruled the world of minimalism.

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^ IMO clothes that are minimalistic should never be overpriced, it just don't make sense...

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Excuse me? Minimalism or not, I can swear by the high quality of Jil Sander clothes and since they're using the best materials, selling garments under their real value would be simply stupid. However, under no circumstances am I justifying the towering prices but the whole concept of high fashion is the quality of what you're buying or seeing. I'd be happier if they retailed the collections for around 70% less than they do now but since Raf's getting lots of hype from the editors, it's unlikely to happen in the near future.

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That Balmain jacket is insanely priced. It makes those fringed or sequined Tom Ford gowns look like a bargain by comparison.

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Hilarious! Lol.. wonder how long it takes to show up in fashion design schools around the world..

'Okay class, today we will be learning the Dkammern Balmain theory, listen up and you too will be able to charge tens of thousands of dollars for your designs..'

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Hilarious! Lol.. wonder how long it takes to show up in fashion design schools around the world..

'Okay class, today we will be learning the Dkammern Balmain theory, listen up and you too will be able to charge tens of thousands of dollars for your designs..'
That would be a math class I would pay attention to!

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Excuse me? Minimalism or not, I can swear by the high quality of Jil Sander clothes and since they're using the best materials, selling garments under their real value would be simply stupid. However, under no circumstances am I justifying the towering prices but the whole concept of high fashion is the quality of what you're buying or seeing. I'd be happier if they retailed the collections for around 70% less than they do now but since Raf's getting lots of hype from the editors, it's unlikely to happen in the near future.
I completely agree. Those Jil Sander garments never lose their appeal. A Jil Sander dress looks stunning today, and you will still be able to wear it in 5 years without leading to dubious glances. They got timelessness. Unlike Balmain or Dolce Gabbana stuff which looks extremely outdated and kind of "overtaken" once the next collections are launched. They tend to lose their visual attraction and glow pretty quicky. Then again, someone who can afford Balmain will most likely only wear the stuff a few times and simply move on by the time the next collections appear to be in store.


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I agree with that kind of mentality, buying less but 'better', timeless pieces.
But being timeless isn't an excuse to charge a lot more, because balmain pieces, quality wise, will last as long as those jil sander dresses.
(So you can't say: you will wear this piece 10 years instead of 1 so you have to divide the price by ten)

But I'm getting the feeling that it's not just Jil Sander raising prices, but the whole industry! When I browse the new arrivals at net-a-porter, I'm always thinking: they have to be joking?! It's almost impossible to find dresses below 1000 pounds, en so many of them are above 5000!
Think about that number for a while, one thousand pounds for a simple dress

I'm still young and so I can't really compare with prices 5-10 years ago, but I do remember a video on style.com about 5 years back, where Hilary Alexander of the Daily telegraph was raving about how it was inconceivable that someone would pay 800$ for a pair of shoes 3 years ago, and now it was the standard!

Do any of the "older" () members remember specific examples of prices 5-10 years ago? Sure there has been inflation and what not, but inflation hasn't gone up 100%...

I'm also curious whether or not this isn't just a big bubble waiting to burst. I seriously wonder how young women can afford these clothes without going into debt. But then again, with the Eastern markets growing like crazy, designers might be able to maintain those high prices and European and American sales will lessen

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