There is nothing like dropping a nice cold wald of cash for a grail item that you have been eyeing since it hit the runway. But to a Crazy Rich Asian, it's merely a 'light lunchtime shopping session'. Ah, how nice it must be to view the world as one huge Daiso.
Still, being crazy rich doesn't mean that you should be throwing money around. In this day and age, fashion has become a commodity, like art: when approached with a savvy eye, today's runway piece can turn into a grail that is worth much more than what you pay for. Here are some of the rarest and most expensive grail pieces out there that's worth your small change.
Nike Air Mags
Part movie lore and part futurist dream, the Nike Air Mags made its debut in Back to the Future Part II. Worn by the lead protagonist Marty McFly when he travelled to the future (2015), it features self-fastening laces and light-up panels. Nike released two runs of the sneakers—the first in 2011, which doesn't self-lace and the second in 2016 which did. Both were released to help raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkison's Research. How much does it cost to own a piece of pop culture and support a good cause? Approximately SGD10,000 to SGD137,000.
Supreme x Louis Vuitton Monogram Blouson
I say this with no disrespect to Supreme, but as much as the brand has been on top of the streetwear food chain since its inception, it wasn't until this collaboration with Louis Vuitton that catapulted the brand into the zeitgeist of our times. The collaboration was seismic in the sense that it helped kickstart the wave of streetwear into the consciousness of mainstream culture. One of the iconic pieces from the collaboration is the Supreme monogram leather blouson, which will set you back for a cool SGD34,500.
Prada x Christophe Chemin's Impossible Love Shirt
Remember what we said earlier about fashion being an art form? For her autumn/winter 2016 collection, Mrs. Prada showed one of the best shows in recent years, a collection that presents a surrealistic exploration on the theme of travel, with a reflection on the state of affairs at the time (read: Brexit and Trump).
Part of the collection is a series of four shirts that feature prints from creative polymath, Christophe Chemin. Of the four pieces, the Impossible True Love shirt featuring a young Elvis embracing Cleopatra under a starry sky, became one of fashion's most iconic prints. It's iconic enough for Mrs. Prada to revisit a mere two years later in her autumn/winter 2018 show. The shirt is available on grailed.com for about SGD2,500.
Balmain autumn/winter 2012 Swarovski Crystal & Pearl Fabergé Tuxedo
Since his appointment at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing has successfully put the French maison firmly on the fashion map, with the ostentatious and stunning autumn/winter 2012 collection setting the tone for the brand's aesthetic in the years that followed. The crown jewel of the collection is a Swarovski crystal and pearl embellished tuxedo jacket (pictured above). A statement piece, the jacket will set you back approximately SGD106,00. But hey, can you truly put a price on style?
Saint Laurent autumn/winter 2015 Mink Peacoat
This mink number from Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent autumn/winter 2015 collection is, arguably, the mother of all grails, and with good reason. Firstly, it's a luxurious, buttery soft mink coat. Secondly, it came from the creative genius Hedi Slimane that guided the brand into global domination, after Yves Saint Laurent left. And lastly, it's a one-off piece that never made to production. What that means: the coat on the runway is the only piece in the world. If you like it, the good folks at grail.com is selling it for SGD137,000. Chump change for a crazy rich asian.