- Knock-offs Can Turn a Good Trend Bad
Take the extended Balmain shoulder as a case in point; copied at Rosemount Australia Fashion Week a mere six weeks after the Balmain autumn/winter show in Paris. While we expect high street chains to copy styles, it's another thing entirely when those who are supposed to be designers do it.
- Designer Fashion Collections by People Who Are Not Designers
The consumer sees right through it. It's crazy that someone as talented as Christian Lacroix should be in financial woe, while the once venerable house of Emanuel Ungaro hires Lindsay Lohan as "artistic advisor". There's nothing creative, or long-lasting about hype.
While I believe that appropriation is an inevitable part of the design process (think the renewal of 80's power shoulders), I completely agree with Clements that such blatant copying is not only lazy, but lacks imagination. I loved the Camilla & Marc spring/summer collection, but it was disappointing that the Balmain influence was so evident in their designs. What do you think?
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