Donatella Versace joined Instagram recently and with that, she began releasing some behind the scenes photos of a shoot she was doing with Gigi Hadid. Versace has since released the official photos for the Versace Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. The photos look great, but I immediately noticed that the handbag Gigi Hadid is holding looks like a Birkin.
In one of the photos posted on Versace’s official Instagram, you can see Gigi Hadid accompanied by two other models. Gigi and model Natasha Poly are both holding Birkins; except their not. They’re holding Versace handbags but they look like Birkins. Take a look at Gigi in the photo below holding the bag.
You can also see the bag in a different color being held by a model in a photo for Versace’s menswear. The bag stands out here as looking like a Birkin as well. It wouldn’t be so bad, though, if the bag was from an affordable brand or from a brand like Michael Kors.
In an article I wrote titled “An Argument in Favor of Inspired Handbags“, I explained how using the silhouette of another bag is okay because not everyone can afford luxury bags. This, however, is from another luxury brand and looks way to close to a Birkin. It’s more than an inspired bag and it’s obvious what Donatella is doing. Especially since she used Gigi Hadid to promote it.
While affordable brands have been copying the Birkin for a long time, I didn’t think I’d see a luxury brand doing it. I guess it was just a matter of when a brand would copy the Birkin as I’ve seen Prada using the silhouettes of other luxury handbags. That’s not a surprise as Prada’s Inside Bag doesn’t seem to be taking off, though, Prada hasn’t taken it this far.
Though, that bag is just a Birkin with Versace branding. The only thing it’s missing are straps to close the bag and a turn lock. Regardless, it’s a beautiful bag but it’s only beautiful because of the bag it gets its beauty from. I just wonder if any major fashion news sources noticed it. It seems as if they haven’t as an article about the photo shoot on Fashionista makes no mention of it.
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