5.14.2008

Dude, you're not even trying


I don't usually do compare and contrast ripoff posts (leave that to Fashionista), but when I noticed this I couldn't let it pass. On the left you have a look from Stella McCartney's Spring 2007 collection and on the right is a dress by American designers Christopher Crawford and Angela Deane, who design under the name Christopher Dean. The dress is currently being sold at Neiman Marcus for $385.

Now, we all know that fashion trickles down from the runways to the mass produced stores. Some people try to fight it, but it's really sort of inevitable and we excuse it because the reality is that no one walks into a Forever 21 thinking they are buying a quality product that expresses a specific point of view or is any sort of authentic. People go there because it's cheap, it's fast and you can toss it out in 6 months when the items are no longer trendy. But this is just completely different. Christopher Deane is not some faceless company churning out dresses to be sold for 20 dollars at malls across America. They are supposedly a real fashion label, started in 2002, that shows at New York City Fashion Week. I can't decide what's worse, that the designers thought that ripping off such an identifiable McCartney piece was a good idea, or that Neiman Marcus' buyers didn't think twice to add this obvious ripoff to their stores.

4 comments:

up and down town said...

isn't it so odd/interesting when this stuff happens? i honestly do not understand how the market can support so many designers when they are actually doing original work. when it's repetitive, like this, i am utterly baffled.

susie_bubble said...

That's quite embarassing and the fact that the price is not so far off the Stella McCartney version is even more laughable...

etoilee8 said...

Speaking of fashionista, did you read that piece about Sean Avery at Vogue and all the special treatment he's receiving? I am so pissed! Magazine interning is hard work and no one should skip the queue to the front. You were totally right!

laia. said...

Yeah I read about that, it's ri-goddamn-diculous.