Whether everybody agrees on imitation being the sincerest form of flattery is yet to be confirmed. Ikea certainly took a tongue-in-cheek response to Balenciaga’s US$2,145 version of its 99-cent plastic blue shopping bag with a print ad and social media campaigns.

Take a look at how fashion has been elevating mundane, everyday objects throughout the years.

Balenciaga’s creative director Demna Gvasalia seems to be particularly drawn to the subject matter when it comes to accessories. Apart from the blue shopping bag, he’s also reinterpreted traditional duvet storage bags and couch cushions in recent collections.

The blue-white-red bazaar bags have inspired a series of fashion designers. One of our fondest memories was from the Celine autumn-winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection in which the print was reinterpreted in a few jackets and dress suits.

The iconic look got into spotlight again when K-drama idol Gianna Jun wore it on set of the hit show My Love from the Stars.

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Loewe’s rubber band skirt from autumn-winter 2016 elevated the ordinary rubber band into a one-of-a-kind see-through skirt worn over sheer leggings and heels.

Vetements wants set your heels on fire – almost literally – by launching colourful sock boots with heels in the shape of lighters.

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Jeremy Scott turned to McDonald’s iconic golden arches for inspiration when he presented his debut collection for Moschino in 2014.

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Anya Hindmarch’s genius Crisp Packet Clutch collection has rendered potato crisps packets into covetable evening clutches – completely gluten- and fat-free.

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