Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Plagiarism

COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Jennifer Zeuner wishbone
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Celine Gusset tote
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara

Something is up. Either I have grown a magic beanstalk overnight - one that can sprout Balenciaga runway outtakes at will and keep me looking boxfresh without menacing bailiffs hanging over my head - or mass distributors have a serious case of plagiarism on their hands. Again.

Take a wild guess.

Put together four letters courtesy of the world's third richest man, and you have your answer. Zara is getting dirty again, which begs the question: is this even legal? Am in in trouble with the fashion police? Do they allow print wars in jail?

But Nicolas is a good sport, and when asked how it makes him feel to know that girls all over the world are wearing pieces that are direct copies of his work, the genial designer simply replied "ain't bothered". OK, that is not a direct quote, but in his extensive interview for System (the very conversation that landed him a lawsuit brought by former employer PPR/Kering - ironic to say the least) he makes it perfectly clear that he doesn't hate the player, nor even the game for that matter. "When it's distribution on that scale, it's about successful business and nothing else; their role is is to make fashion more accessible." Straight from the horse's mouth. Put that in your pipe.

In fact, the only people Ghesquiere admits to resenting when it comes to creative copycatting are fellow luxury houses. And given Phoebe Philo's decision to keep her Resort offering under wraps, he is not alone. Sure, part of it might have something to do with maintaining fast fashion at bay, and insuring that an exciting new shape or garment is not overexposed to the point of saturation before retail season has even begun. But the reality, as discussed per the Saint Laurent grunge gig, is that the lands of high and fast fashion rarely come together (give or take the odd H&M super-collaboration). As Ghesquiere-isms and Philo-isms permeate the industry, it has never been more clear who the opinion leaders are. No wonder, then, that they feel the need to shy away from the spotlight. They don't need it, anyway. The fashion speaks for itself, as and when it lands in store. It always has, and it always will.

I exit on a high note though, happy in the knowledge that my tentative Balenciaga-by-way-of-Zara experiment will not be looked down upon by the god - my god - of sartorialism. And I hope the French courts commend a person for finally speaking their mind and the truth about this cut-throat industry (the interview is one of the best out there; if you haven't already, make sure you read it!), condemning instead those who try and shut him up. A word to the wise.

Now for some credits. And FYI, in case you are wondering about the profesh-looking set, this is part of a collaborative series with This is Collective. We are actually behind-the-scenes in the office, and this was shot in five minutes tops over our lunch break, so don't be thinking we are taking the studio thing seriously. We just liked the graphics. Make sure you don't kiss and tell, or I'll be in big trouble. Bye.


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37 comments:

  1. Zara definitely seems to be the most pro-active when it comes to taking heavy duty 'inspiration' from designers, but what Ghesquiere said is true so at least he's taking it in his stride.
    On another note, you look awesome gal

    xo Camilla

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  2. amazing baby
    amazing

    NEW OUTFIT IN THE BLOG! SPORTLY OR CASUAL?

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  3. Oh mon chat <3 <3 <3 c'est parfait !!!
    Confort les shoes ?

    xo

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  4. love the minimalism in your look , gorgeous


    XX Luba

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  5. Love this outfit, so gorgeous!

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  6. Zara is awesome. Enough said.
    Adela x

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  7. LOVE your top!
    xx
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  8. Perhaps Mr Ghesquiere runs by the old adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I do agree with his point about retailers like Zara having a place in the market. They do, and while those of us who don't have ADR's wardrobe budget still want to look fash-un, they always will.

    x

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  9. i love the way you look in these pictures :)
    x

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  10. Great post, great topic, great look. Love the behind-the-scenes shots - You look beautiful!

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  11. I agree with Ghesquière, it's part of the game, those pieces aren't designed for the same purpose, and it's good to be able to find cheaper pieces to mix with real ones!

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  12. What a great article and I totally agree with Ghesquière! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  13. i love your style! the crop top is super pretty and the filigree necklace is just amazing!

    Check out my latest OOTD :-)

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  14. Great article camille, it is a really good way for Ghesquière to see things as I think he could easily be quite bitter about it, well maybe not bitter but along that path. I'm not sure i necessarily agree, i think there's "taking inspiration" and then there is total rip-offs which i think is crossing the line. Saying that though, I am totally checking out that crop top that you're wearing. total swoon worthy and you look beautiful (as per) xxx

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  15. p.s is the crop top a recent purchase? cannot find it online xx

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  16. So classically chic! It's a difficult one, because whilst I adore designers, it's not like I can afford to buy everything I like/want to. In an ideal world, I definitely would (lottery win please?) but I guess for now, imitations from the high street will have to do. I think 'inspired by' items are far more acceptable than the shops that sell blatant rip offs!

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  17. I'm totally in love with this outfit!

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  18. love this outfit...

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    1. j'aime beaucoup cette silouhette :)


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  19. Love the top!!!

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  20. Hey,
    sweet pictures and a great outfit. :)
    Love
    Tabea

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  21. I like this outfit but I'm not sure if it is too much of a copycat, so I get your issues.. I myself don't know if I want to buy such an obvious 'inspired by' items but do like your look

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  22. Really interesting article! And I love the crop top, beautifully simple. The necklace adds such a delicate touch to the whole look.

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  23. if it's not zara, it's definitely going to be someone else. I definitely hate when i see copies in zara and the like, but how else are people meant to afford the designer items? maybe with the designers it should be more about inspiring something than getting all the credit for it - which they get anyway

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  24. There's always going to be someone copying designer pieces, but it makes it easier for the people who like labels such as Balenciaga and can't afford the price tag to get their hands on something like it at a more affordable price. Even better than Ghesquiere doesn't resent brands like Zara for doing so! Great post!

    xx Nicole
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  25. I love the top! Want to get my hands on it to combine it with my white origami skort from Zara.

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  26. Gorgeous look
    Xoxo
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  27. I love this crop top.

    xoxo.

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  28. Perfect look ! will definitely read the ghesquire interview

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  29. Your post "Plagiarism" is very beautiful and useful! I like your styles.

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  30. Très jolie tenue, j'aime beaucoup :)

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  31. I don't know how I missed this post...(I blame you Bloglovin'!) but I agree that it's totally OK for more affordable brands like Zara to "copy" styles created by designer brands, when it's not an exact copy and it remains as an "inspired" piece instead of a "fake". Luxury brands are avant-garde and trendsetters to the public after all.

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  32. We have no idea generate an income skipped this particular publish... (We fault a person Bloglovin'! )#) however We concur it's completely OKAY with regard to less expensive manufacturers such as Zara in order to "copy" designs developed by custom manufacturers, when it is no precise duplicate also it continues to be being an "inspired" item rather than the "fake". Luxurious manufacturers tend to be avant-garde as well as trendsetters towards the open public in the end.


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