Chanel Responds to Allegations that it Copied Metiers d'Art Collection

After coming under fire this weekend for allegedly copying several Fair Isle knit garments that were shown as part of its 2015 Metiers d’Art collection, which was staged in Rome late last month, Chanel has issued statement in response. The Paris-based design house has apologized and detailed how it will remedy the alleged copying on the heels of discussions with Mati Ventrillon, the designer of the original garments.

"Further to discussions that have allowed the parties to clarify this issue, Chanel will credit Mati Ventrillon by including the words 'Mati Ventrillon design' in its communication tools to recognise her as the source of inspiration for the knitwear models in question. Chanel recognizes that this situation resulted from a dysfunctionality within its teams and has presented its apologies. Chanel also recognises the heritage and know-how of Fair Isle. Chanel wishes to emphasise that the House is extremely vigilant in terms of its respect for creativity, whether its own or that of others."