One of the most popular trends in the street style these last seasons are monkeys utility or work. Dior and Stella McCartney were the first to upload them to their catwalks and celebrities like the Hadid sisters were in charge of spreading them around the world.
This type of monkey has become the garment preferred by insiders For the day to day, and currently we can find it almost in any store that follows the latest trends.
Ralph Lauren has always been a brand that has wanted to reflect American society from the luxury and has become a worldwide trend on Twitter for one of its garments: a work overalls valued at € 690.00.
Recently the garment has been reduced in Spain and outrage over the monkey has sparked all kinds of criticism on Twitter. The general tone of the tweets made on the subject was about how a luxury firm uses a blue-collar design, of people who can never afford anything of that brand for the prices, to romanticize their precariousness.
The Ralph Lauren brand has released a jumpsuit “with paint drips” in Spain, simulating a painter’s jumpsuit for 483 euros. This jumpsuit began to be sold in the US in October 2020 for $ 620. Again, we are witnessing the romanticization of sinfulness. It goes thread 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/etECMC9tej
– Alejandra de la Fuente (@YoSoyAleFuente) January 12, 2021
It’s like the middle-class artist who goes to the apartment blocks to record the clip and puts a neighborhood accent in the interviews. Get your Ralph Lauren currela jumpsuit for almost 500 bucks, it’s dirty and has even paint chips. Feel like a worker, live the experience: pic.twitter.com/GuKOR5NH95
– NEGA 🔻 (@Nega_Maiz) January 12, 2021
However, amid the outrage the debate is served by those who support that it is not something of class, but a cultural reference towards the visual artists who worked with this type of clothing so as not to stain your clothes or the whole creative process you have to carry behind.
💬 Indeed: Ralph Lauren has to do with Grayson Perry, Briony Marshall, Pozo Blanco or Neo Rauch rather than with Pepe Gotera and Otilio. There is no worker ethic there, only cultural aesthetics. 💬 pic.twitter.com/YrwqKKRWDP
– Shit Bloggers (@ShitBloggers) January 14, 2021
€ 500? Yes, but you only see a monkey with paint stains. Perhaps you should think about the hours the designer will have had to think about the design and make it. You only see the price and not what is behind all that.
You are free to buy it or not, but do not underestimate the work
– Corbi (@vickycorbi) January 13, 2021
It is not the first time that a garment from a luxury firm has created controversy over cases like this. Gucci has also been peppered with these kinds of scandals, first for selling trousers with fake grass stains on the knees for a price of almost 700 euros or some torn socks for 140 €.