In addition to creating quite a bit of buzz for his Fall/Winter 2014 men's collection (Style.com wrote: "Fall found Wang's style concentrated if not dramatically expanded"; WWD said: "The designer incorporated traditional men’s wear patterns into his sportswear-inspired outerwear, and made them look not only fresh, but also a little tough"), Alexander Wang also raised some eyebrows. And it wouldn't be the first time. The NYC-based designer, who splits time with his Balenciaga creative director gig, shot his Fall 2014 lookbook (pictured below) in front of what Vogue Italia called "a backdrop of uniformly black car shells." If the background sounds familiar, that's because Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci parked a smoking pile of black cars in the middle of his Spring/Summer 2014 runway this past September in Paris. Are we saying Wang copied? Not exactly. The two designers' takes on the smashed car background scene were different enough. However, I am not the only person to notice the similarity in themes. One creative director noted after the Wang lookbook was released what others have been saying: "Negative points for stealing the Givenchy ruined black car background concept."
But as we know in the world of intellectual property, concepts (aka ideas) cannot be protected. The expression (aka the concrete depiction) of those concepts may be, though. So, since Wang's take on smashed cars was quite different from Givenchy's, he's in the clear. However, it is worth noting, no?