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?
Jeremy Scott Fall 2012
Chanel Spring 2014
Jeremy Scott x Longchamp Fall 2012