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Topshop Rips Off Independent Jewelry Designer

Toms Knockoffs
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Urban Outfitters Knockoff
This necklace design was ripped off. Read More »
Urban Outfitters Strikes Again
UO is notorious for stealing designs. Read More »
Forever 21's Stolen Fabric
The chain copied an indie designer's print. Read More »

In yet another example of a big fashion chain “borrowing” ideas from an independent designer, Topshop recently rolled out a set of “punctuation rings” that look a hell of a lot like the awesome swear ring set by jewelry designer and fashion blogger Wendy Brandes. Wendy posted a response on her blog yesterday that addressed the cyclical nature of fashion and Topshop’s choice to manufacture a product so similar to her own. Check out her thoughtful reaction after the jump … Keep reading »

Does Rachel Zoe’s Collection Contain A Knockoff?

I was really excited for Rachel Zoe‘s first collection when the photos were featured in WWD yesterday. The collection features structured ’70s-style fashions; the garments are more tailored than loosey-goosey bohemian. Even though the $250 to $700 price range is a little beyond my means at the moment (unless Gilt Groupe plans to have a sale … hint, hint), I thought Rachel did an adequate job of bringing her signature ’70s style to the masses. But then I came across the above photo that questions the authenticity of a Rachel design on Fashionista. Did Rachel, who has made herself a brand and powerful person in the fashion industry, actually knock off another designer? Keep reading »

Willow Smith’s Weird Sleeve Thing is A Knockoff!

Willow Smith has received a huge amount of attention for the look she wore to the American Music Awards. She even landed on our worst dressed list. Many of the negative comments focused on the yellow sleeve thing she wore so proudly. Now we wonder what her reaction would be to the fact that her accessory is a knockoff of a piece by Mother of London. And the designer of Mother of London, Mildred Von Hildegard, is pissed. “I’m disappointed and saddened that this will negatively impact my business. My original design is now recognized in the mass media as someone else’s work, and it’s very hurtful on both a personal and professional levels,” Von Hildegard said to the site Haute Macabre. Stylist Mariel Haenn, who has styled Willow in the past, has even taken to Twitter to defend her name, saying she didn’t style Willow for the AMAs. This is a sad day in fashion, both for Von Hildegard and Haenn, but also for Willow, whose appearance at the AMAs was tarnished not only by that heinous outfit, but also because she’s a knockoff wearer at the age of 9. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Are These Jeans Real True Religion Or Fake?

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New Bill Proposed To Protect Designers From The Knockoff Biz

A new bill to appease the fashion industry’s gripes with copycat issues has been proposed by Senator Charles Schumer. Interestingly, the bill doesn’t exactly cut down the Forever 21s and Steve Maddens, but proposes that construction, rather than an intellectual idea, is most key when considering a copyright case. Reports The New York Times: “The proposed legislation provides very limited intellectual property protection to the most original design. A designer who claims that his work has been copied must show that his design provides ‘a unique, distinguishable, non-trivial and non-utilitarian variation over prior designs.’ And it must be proven by the designer that the copy is ‘substantially identical’ to the original so as to be mistaken for it.” This puts designers in a weird position of not being able to call out potential knockoffs for color or patterns, so much as the unique construction of a garment. Keep reading »

Trashy Or Sneaky-Smart: Red Sole-ing Your Pumps À La Louboutin?

Buying a knock-off is one thing … but making your own knock-off? Try searching for “Louboutin red soles” on eBay, and you’ll find a couple dozen auctions for red adhesive soles in the style of the classic Christian Louboutin touch. Some are being marketed as a product to use as protection for your real Loubs, but it’s also a sneaky way to make your pumps look like the real thing. Would you do this to your shoes? Think it’s a clever or stupid idea? [eBay] Keep reading »

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