Fashion critic Robin Givhan recently postulated that Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld may be spread too thin–we thought the Fall 2012 collection was pretty terrible and, more to the point, apparently not… entirely original.
Julie Zerbo, eagle-eyed blogger at The Fashion Law, spotted the crystal cuffs on models’ wrists and thought they looked mighty similar to styles by CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Pamela Love.
Often, when this sort of stuff happens–especially when the two parties involved are a fashion juggernaut and a smaller independent designer–the first response is usually deny, deny, deny. But, in an interesting twist, Chanel has effectively admitted to wrongdoing, as they told Fashionista they won’t be producing the cuffs:
QhFor the A/W 2012 collection, Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the ‘mineral earth’ theme that explored amethyst, crystal and quartz. The theme was captured by the design of the show which included a runway of white granite sand, by the setting which featured huge crystal and amethyst columns, and by the clothing which was in earthy hues of purple, blue and gray. In keeping with the inspiration, large and colorful crystals also adorned some of the clothing and accessories, including heavy bracelets. It has been brought to our attention that some of the bracelets that appeared in the show may resemble those of another designer. Out of respect for the concerns raised and for the artistic process generally the House has decided not to offer these bracelets for sale as part of the A/W 2012 collection.
In a backwards way, it’s kind of commendable that Chanel won’t use its clout to bully Love and produce the bracelets anyway.
…In a regular way, it would be much more commendable if they hadn’t shamelessly stolen from a smaller designer in the first place. You know, “out of respect.”