The white pants suit with cutouts and twisted-material detail (above, left) that Alexander McQueen showed for Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 1997 collection (yes, McQueen served as creative director of the Paris-based brand from 1996 to 2001) has been copied not once but twice in the past year or so. You may recall that Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing showed a nearly identical suit as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 collection for the house (above, center) - a fact that was not lost on the fashion press (shout out to VFILES who discovered the original copying). Now, the jacket is getting the fast fashion treatment by Nasty Gal (above, right).
Because Nasty Gal is not exactly known for its originality (in fact it is known for just the opposite), it hardly comes as a surprise that the fast fashion brand is currently selling a copy of the suit jacket, which it styles as a dress – complete with “cutout detail, intertwining design at front, and blazer collar with plunging neckline.” While the jacket’s description very clearly meets that of the Givenchy jacket, chances are, given Nasty Gal’s history, it is copying Balmain. You may recall that earlier this year, the Los Angeles-based e-commerce retailer began selling a pretty blatant copy of another one of the looks from Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection – the white jumpsuit that Taylor Swift wore to the Billboard Music Awards. Turns out, Nasty Gal’s copy was so good that even its social media manager couldn’t tell the brand’s fake from the real thing, prompting her to post a photo of Swift on the red carpet and alleging that the singer was wearing Nasty Gal. Turns out, Swift was wearing Balmain.
Given the fact that Rousteing so clearly took quite a bit of “inspiration” from McQueen’s design for Givenchy, it is a bit difficult to feel for him when Nasty Gal copies his designs. Thoughts?