Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has been known for speaking his mind in the past. He somewhat famously called American fashion “terrible.” He dissed Karl Lagerfeld’s personal style. Then he said the only real designers as of late are Alexander McQueen and Gianni Versace, and the list of potential insults goes on. Most recently, Cavalli is taking on accessible fashion magnate, Michael Kors. He told Style.com: “He’s one of the biggest copy designers in the world. I just want to tell him to stop copying me! Stop! All the time I write those comments on Instagram. He copies everybody!” Cavalli goes on to explain the launch of his diffusion, saying: “Before I [launched] Just Cavalli, I started to see how many people around me were copying me. There was Cavalli style all over, and I said, ‘Why am I giving so many opportunities to other people? Maybe I should just start to copy myself.’ So I started Just Cavalli to copy myself.”
As for the Michael Kors copying, I can’t say I disagree. One of his most popular dresses, the one Karlie Kloss wore to close his Spring/Summer 2013 show, was a pretty blatant copy of one of New York-based brand, Cushnie et Ochs’ designs. Michael Kors watches are another manifestation of what looks to be Kors’ copying. Some of his best selling wristwatches are dead-ringers (and potential patent infringements) of Swiss watch brand, Rolex. See more about that HERE, and tell us what you think. Is Roberto Cavalli right?