April 19, 2014

Chanel Probably Didn’t Copy Jeremy Scott

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This little bit of designer inspiration vs. imitation has been making its way around the web lately and so, here you go. The blogosphere is suggesting that Chanel (above, right) took a bit too much inspiration from designer Jeremy Scott (above, left) for its Spring 2014 menswear and womenswear collections.  Chanel’s Pantone color swatch-inspired dress fit quite well with the collection, which was described as a “Chanel/Basel mash-up,” complete with a makeshift art gallery that consisted of seventy-five painting by Karl Lagerfeld, himself, and the soundtrack: Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby.” However, I wouldn’t put it past Chanel to copy (think: that little Pamela Love vs. Chanel incident last year).

Another factor sways in Scott’s favor as the originator of the designs: He is more relevant than ever. He was recently named creative director of storied Italian design house, Moschino, and made headlines last season for his prints, which were suspiciously similar to those of graphic artist Jimbo Phillips, who actually ended up suing Scott for misappropriating his work. The parties ended up settling the suit out of court.

As for the Pantone-inspired pieces, Scott showed similar designs (think: that color swatch-turned-keyboard print, pictured below) for Fall 2012 and then slapped the print on Longchamp bags, which were sold by Colette beginning in the summer of 2012. The color-swatch print doesn’t register as all that novel to me, and thus, I’m not actually sold on Chanel copying in this instance (and apparently neither is Elle magazine, which put pieces from Chanel’s collection on its January cover). What about you?

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Jeremy Scott Fall 2012

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Chanel Spring 2014

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Jeremy Scott x Longchamp Fall 2012

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  1. By Did Chanel Copy Jeremy Scott? | Most Searched Ever on December 4, 2013 at 5:13 am

    […] A few months after Chanel’s spring ’14 art-show presentation, The Fashion Law has raised the point about how the Pantone colors of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs seem very comparable to those used in Scott’s collection back in fall ’12. And, admittedly, the similarities are quite apparent. The rainbow of color chips used in Scott’s RTW collection as well as in his designer collaboration pieces is echoed in those of the Chanel patterns splashed across the French fashion house’s dresses. Lagerfeld’s use and execution of the blocked print is, however, considerably different from the American designer’s. But, though both designers favored a rainbow pattern, is that enough to call it copying? Click on for more comparison examples, and let us know if you find these chip hues too close for comfort. (The Fashion Law) […]

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