A $14,500 handbag? That"s "just a few weeks" salary": Project Runway"s Nina Garcia proves she"s WAY out of touch with…

A $14,500 handbag That's 'just a few weeks' salary': Project Runway's Nina Garcia proves she's WAY out of touch with the average American

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22:18 GMT, 3 August 2012

Out of touch Fashion editor Nina Garcia believes a few weeks' salary is all one needs to buy an Hermes Birkin

Out of touch Fashion editor Nina Garcia believes a few weeks' salary is all one needs to buy an Hermes Birkin

The fashion industry, at least for those trying to get their break, is notoriously underpaid.

So Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia sparked some shock yesterday, when she recommended that her Twitter followers spend 'a few weeks' salary' on an Hermes Birkin.

The tweet read: 'This is the bag that you can spend a few weeks’ salary on and not feel guilty. It is going to last you a lifetime.'

Given that the accompanying link directed fans to the Moda Operandi website, where the luxury bags cost between $14,500 and $74,000, the statement revealed her to be vastly out-of-touch with the average American's earnings, which ring in at a more modest $26,364.

And Ms Garcia's followers were not shy about letting her know.

One wrote: 'A few weeks! I
love you Nina but [for] a lot of your followers $36k is way way more
than 'a few weeks''

Another commented: 'You might want to double check your
math on this one.'

Based on the assumption that 'a few weeks' would equate to three, Fashionista.com worked out that one would require an annual salary of between
$253,968 and $1.3million to splash 'a few weeks' salary' on such a bag.

The site's fashion news editor, Hayley Phelan, commented: 'Obviously, the fashion industry’s never exactly been a hotbed of
economic awareness but, particularly in these shaky financial times, we
think Garcia was a bit tone deaf on this one.

'There’s definitely a
customer for a $20,000 Birkin bag, but maybe a Twitter blast wasn’t the
best way to find one.'

A drop in the ocean: Ms Garcia's comment sparked a startled response from her followers, who were quick to let her know that not everyone is such a high roller

A drop in the ocean: Ms Garcia's comment sparked a startled response from her followers, who were quick to let her know that not everyone is such a high roller

Regardless of her ill-judged tweet, Colombian-born, New York-based Ms Garcia, 47, is considered to be one of the most powerful people in fashion.

In addition to her post at Marie Claire, she is a Project Runway judge and was recently appointed a 'Style Voice' for JCPenney.

Indeed, the impact of her appointment
shook Wall Street when one of her earliest tweets promoting the retailer
was linked with a soar in share price.

One to snap up Among the bags in the Moda Operandi link was a blue crocodile Birkin retailing for $74,500

One to snap up Among the bags in the Moda Operandi link was a blue crocodile Birkin retailing for $74,500

She wrote on July 25: 'I'm
@jcpenney's HQ. Thank you Ron Johson [sic] for the walk through of JCP's
prototype. Get ready to shop! Its going to be a game changer!'

Just minutes after the post was sent, thecompany's share price rose dramatically, spiking at 8per cent.

While
the correlation may be pure coincidence, financial experts were shocked,
admitting that the fashionista's public praise may indeed have
influenced the stock market.