Hide mums credit card because if you thought the price of V-bucks was too damn high, wait till you get a glimpse of the new Balenciaga x Fornite collection. If the sight of $1000 t-shirts is unfamiliar you’re either not watching YouTubers flex on video, or you’re not window shopping high fashion websites like us every other day. Shocking, but nothing out of the ordinary, and for those who’ve followed creative director Demna Gvasalia’s journey from Vetements (remember the famous DHL shirt) to his new spot at Balenciaga this comes as only one in a lineage of uber-expensive plain t-shirts. In fact, it was only just the other week that we covered the PS5 shirt that cost more than an actual PS5 – the same concept.
Balenciaga x Fortnite Collection
To many fans, the collaboration between two of the biggest names in their respective industries comes as no real surprise. But to those who aren’t tuned in with the gaming side of the interwebs, we’re here to slide a few statistics your way.
When Fornite launched in 2017 it revolutionised the gaming industry. At a point in time when free to play console games were sure-fire misses, Fortnite was a standout. Within just the first year the games player base grew from 10 million players to 125 million. Today, the game boasts 350 million players – 100 million more than Call of Duty – and as such, has become one of the most highly sought-after namesakes in the world. From collaborating with everyone from Travis Scott to Ariana Grande this latest collection with Balenciaga is seemingly a match made in heaven.
Real World Collection
The real-world collection of Balenciaga Fortnite includes a limited run of physical apparel such as hats, tees, hoodies, button-up shirts, denim jackets and crewneck sweaters inspired by Fortnite’s community-favourite point of interest (POI) Retail Row – although it’s a seemingly loose use of the word.
In case you needed any more reminder that $1000 t-shirts were nothing out of the ordinary, at the time of writing, the limited-run Balenciaga Fornite collection is mostly sold out. But to view the collection in its entirety, follow the link below and pick the bones of whatever’s left. Maybe snag us a button-up t-shirt while you are there, we’ve put together a wishlist of our favourite pieces below.
- Medium Fit Hoodie in Black
- Cap in Red/White
- Jacket Large in Blue
- Shirt Large Fit in White
- T-Shirt Medium Fit in White
Thankfully, the in-game collection costs a mere fraction of its real-life counterpart. Crunching the numbers is funny nonetheless, and if the real-life value of the t-shirts and hoodies is carried across into the actual game you’d be looking at just under 100,000 V Bucks for the white shirt. The game sees a collection of Balenciaga Fit Outfits, Back Blings, pickaxe, glider, wrap, emote spray, and even a Strange Times featured hub that recreates a real-life Balenciaga store – but set in an unexpectedly strange city.
Balenciaga x Fortnite Outfits
- Unchained Ramirez Outfit: Comes with the alt Silver Unchained Ramirez Style.
- Shady Doggo Outfit: Comes with alt Midnight Shady Doggo and Cardinal Styles.
- Fashion Banshee Outfit: Comes with the alt 24K Fashion Banshee Style.
- Game Knight Outfit: Comes with the alt Stealth Game Knight Style.
Balenciaga x Fortnite Back Blings
- Logo Lugger Back Bling: Allover prints are in right now.
- Skate Pocket Duffle Back Bling: Perfect for holding both stuff AND things.
- Everyday Sleekpack Back Bling: High fashion. Low profile.
- Camo Carrier Back Bling: Where’d I leave that backpack?
Balenciaga x Fortnite Pickaxe, Glider, Wrap, Emote
- Speed Sneaker Pickaxe: Comes with five different-coloured alt Styles.
- Parasail Purse Glider: We left a lip balm in there for you.
- Signature Look Wrap: Comes with the alt Midnight and 24K Styles.
- The Look Emote: Strike a pose.
The Strange Times Featured Hub is a community created virtual Balenciaga store that’s set in a strange and distorted time frame. Join in with your squad as you change your look with Changing Booths, and pick up Balenciaga Fit Outfits straight from the Hub itself. The hub will be live from 10 AM ET on September 21 until 10 AM ET on September 28. You might even find yourself featured on bigscreen.