THE FASHION LAW EXCLUSIVE – Goga Ashkenazi, the oil tycoon-turned-majority stakeholder and creative director of historic Parisian label, Vionnet, has taken to her Instagram to call out fellow Paris-based design house, Givenchy, for copying. On the heels of Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2016 menswear show, which was held on Friday and included women’s couture looks, Ashkenazi, who took the helm of Vionnet in 2012, posted a side-by-side photo of a number of Vionnet dresses – all from the house’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection – and one from Givenchy’s recent show.
Instead of calling foul, however, Ashkenazi, whose background is primarily in oil (she is the founder and CEO of a private Kazakh oil and gas company) and finance, captioned the photo: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Thank you @GivenchyOfficial.” As for whether the Vionnet design team, which includes celebrated designer Hussein Chalayan and four others at the senior level, actually came up with the slip-like dress layered under a sheer sheath combination is very much up for debate. My money is on no. As one Instagram commenter aptly noted: “You probably just referenced the same vintage.”