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Did Jeffrey Campbell Knock Off Jessica Simpson?

See the shoe on the left? That’s Jeffrey Campbell’s Foxy Pink Suede Woody T Strap Heels, which look almost identical to Jessica Simpson‘s Dany shoe.We fell in love with the Dany late last summer, and the shoe has pretty much sold out everywhere. I just discovered the Foxy shoe and it’s still available in most sizes, which leads me to believe it’s a newly released design. I’m wondering whether Jeffrey Campbell realized the money-making potential and knocked off Jessica Simpson’s Dany. Of course, Jeffrey Campbell is known for wooden platform shoes and wedges, so this might be a “chicken or the egg” debate. What’s your take? Keep reading »

The Trend Maker’s Catch-22

When it comes to big retailers like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters doing what they do best—supplying us with affordable, current trends—it might not actually be the Marcs and Wangs of the world who are really getting screwed. The Wall Street Journal asserts that it’s in fact the lesser-known, indie designers who are suffering in the knock-off war. Giants like American Eagle Outfitters are on the lookout for cute, niche items that could have a mass appeal, and the problem is that indie designers don’t possess the resources to keep up with demand: “Small designers face a particularly large burden; often, they lack deep pockets to chase down versions they find similar, and their brands are so little-known that customers often aren’t aware they’re not buying an original design.” This might explain why we’re seeing so many diffusion lines and capsule collections produced in partner with stores like Target—the smaller guys want to produce a cheaper version of their wares before someone else does and takes all the profit. So what’s to be done? Keep reading »

High Fashion Knock-offs Abound At Zara This Fall

Oh, Zara. For years now, the store has worn the crown when it comes to churning out retail collections inspired by what we see on the runway. Rest assured that this season is no different. Look closely at their Fall 2009 offerings and you will spot a flurry of faux designer gear. Is it just us, or do those big shouldered blazers look a lot like Balmain’s iconic jackets? Those slouchy trousers? Mighty similar to pants from Chloe’s latest collection. Oh, and the feather trimmed skirt? Didn’t Louis Vuitton debut the same thing on their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk? The answer might be yes to all three questions. But will that make Zara stop the look-a-likes? Never — and we love it! See a couple more images, after the jump… [Racked] Keep reading »

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