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Fashion house in backlash over ‘racist’ $1,190 sweatpants
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Balenciaga's Trompe-L'Oeil sweatpants in red

Balenciaga’s Trompe-L’Oeil sweatpants in red

High end fashion label Balenciaga is facing a backlash, after critics said that a $1,190 (£860) pair of sweatpants it sells rips off black culture.

The Trompe L’Oeil pants feature a built-in pair of boxer shorts peeking out from the waistband, mimicking a style popularised by hip hop musicians.

A TikTok post which called the pants racist was viewed 1.6m times and black culture experts have raised concerns.

Balenciaga said it often combined wardrobe pieces into a single garment.

Examples include “jeans layered over tracksuit pants [and]button-up shirts layered over t-shirts”, said chief marketing officer Ludivine Pont.

“These Trompe L’Oeil trousers were an extension of that vision,” she said.

The trend for wearing low slung pants was popularised in the 1990s and 2000s.

The trend for wearing low slung pants was popularised in the 1990s and 2000s

The trend of wearing “sagging” pants, which allow your boxer shorts to be exposed, was popularised by skaters and hip hop artists

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