While I am a bit fearful of the wrath of Karl, this has to be said: the Fall/Winter 2012 Chanel jewelry looks eerily familiar. To be more specific, the crystal-adorned bangles that hit the Chanel runway during Paris Fashion Week this week bear a striking resemblance to the crystal block cuffs in Pamela Love's Fall/Winter 2011 collection. While Love is technically an emerging designer, having launched her label in 2006 (compared to Chanel which was founded in 1909), her jewelry has had no shortage of exposure and certainly doesn't lack a cult following.
Love was named a runner up in the recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and her jewelry has been featured in Vogue, WWD, the New York Times, and Harper's Bazaar, just to name a few. In short: you've probably seen some of her designs!
So, when I glanced at a photo of a model wearing Chanel's crystal bangles, they registered in my mind as Love's designs. (I did a double-take upon hearing whispers that the French house, headed up by Karl Lagerfeld, knocked off the NYC-based Love). That's called consumer confusion, folks! It's also called stealing. Your move, Chanel.
UPDATE: Within 48 hours of the publication of this article, Chanel issued a statement, which reads as follows:
For 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.
Pamela Love crystal block cuffs