Fashion fans have accused a French designer of throwing shade at Maison Valentino and Lizzo for the performer’s recent American Music Awards look.
On Sunday, the 31-year-old star walked the red carpet in a ruffled Valentino dress while carrying a teeny, tiny, barely-big-enough-to-hold-a-penny handbag.
But when Lizzo posted pictures of the look online, French designer Jacquemus — who sent his own minuscule bags down the runway in February — commented with a magnifying glass emoji, leading fashion watchdog account Diet Prada to charge him with being petty.
Ooh la la! On Sunday, Lizzo walked the red carpet in a ruffled Valentino dress while carrying a teeny, tiny, barely-big-enough-to-hold-a-penny handbag
How she rolls: The 31-year-old held up the ting bag between her fingers
100% that bag: Her dress was by Maison Valentino, while her bag was a collaboration between Valentino and Obvious Plant
Lizzo wrote: ‘@maisonvalentino bag big enough for my f***s to give. Big body b**** in a Valentin-HO custom look for @amas.’
She included several snaps of her daintily holding up the tiny purse, as well as a close-up of the itsy-bitsy white accessory.
The post earned over 1.12 million likes, as well as dozens of comments from celebrities like Tess Holliday, Ariana Grande, Marc Jacobs, Lil Nas X, Ashley Graham, Chelsea Handler, Keri Hilson, and Ava Max.
But one possibly innocuous comment by Jacquemus caught Diet Prada’s eye.
The designer, whose full name is Simon Porte Jacquemus, simply replied with the magnifying glass emoji — with Diet Prada took to be his way of throwing shade.
Comments: After designer Jacquemus commented with a magnifying glass emoji, Diet Prada accused him of throwing shade
Problem: Diet Prada speculated that Jacquemus was trying to say tiny micro bags were his thing
Wait a minute: But several other brands have done teeny, tiny bags in the past
Called out: Diet Prada asked if Jacquemus was ‘throwing shade or is that V-Sling bag just too tiny to see?’
Back in February, Jacquemus sent fashionistas’ hearts fluttering over the accessories at his Paris Fashion Week runway show, which included several super-tiny bags.
The bags were all big enough to hold barely more than a coin.
Diet Prada, as well as several other Instagrammers, believe the emoji was Jacquemus’ way of saying he did tiny bags first.
‘Love this tiny SHADE,’ one replied, while another wrote: ‘Omg you invented this bag!’
But as Diet Prada points out, the brand was hardly the first to turn out tiny bags. In fact, Diet Prada did versions of bags by Balenciaga and Chanel back in 2014.
Flashback: The label’s micro bags hit the runway at a Paris Fashion Week Show in February
Itsy bitsy: The brand sent models down the runway with the minuscule accessories hanging from a single finger
They’re not so practical! Four of the bags can fit in a person’s hand
Popular: The brand, founded by Simon Porte Jacquemus (pictured at the show) in 2010, sells the mini bags in white, pink, orange and red, with a tiny ‘J’ emblazoned in the corner
‘B-b-Bb-BuT!… wE iNvEnTeD tHe TiNy LuXuRy HaNdbAg,’ Diet Prada wrote.’P.S… is @jacquemus throwing shade or is that V-Sling bag just too tiny to see? Lol.’
‘Jacquemus throwing shades for sure,’ one follower commented.
‘Jacquemeus stays throwing shade!’ said another.
Others pointed out that Coach and Louis Vuitton have also done versions of the micro bag in the past.
‘Idk why jacquemus thinks that he started the tiny bags when in fact he didn’t,’ snarked another commenter.
‘The real question is: why is it invented in the first place?’ asked another, echoing the sentiments of other commenters who branded mini bags silly and wasteful.
Joke: The Valentino bag is a collaboration with prankster Obvious Plant
Silly stuff: Obvious Plant debuted the bags on Instagram in October
The ‘silly’ part, at least, was actually intentional.
The bag was actually made by the prankster Obvious Plant in partnership with Valentino.
Obvious Plant is known for making up funny signs and fake products that he leaves in stores, and in October he debuted images of the collaboration on Instagram.
‘I created these Extra Tiny versions of the VSLING bag for Valentino. It’s perfect for holding a few almonds or even a small lizard,’ he wrote.
The funny packaging also says the ‘extra tiny’ VSLING bag is ‘perfect for holding’ earrings, one eyelash, and some gravel.