mbfwa: things that make you go hmm

9.4.13

Things that make you go hmm
All photos via fashionising.com

Intellectual property in design is a tricky thing. No one really owns (or if they do they should've claimed it while they could) the concept of a cocktail dress or say, leopard print (well...leopards), but the whole point of fashion is to, if not invent entirely new notions, then at least reinterpret the public-domain ideas in different ways. The question is, if someone combines those otherwise-free-for-all elements in a particularly successful way, do they then get to call dibs on it? I'm a firm believer in collective consciousness and all that, and of course we all know that 'trends' come from someone(/everyone) thinking 'oh whoa that looks good I think I'll give it a crack too', but I'm a bit underwhelmed that Camilla&Marc's 10th anniversary collection included a number of things than made me go hmm...

Am I being too harsh? Where does copying stop and being on trend begin?

1. Christopher Kane AW12 / 2. Camilla&Marc SS13
3. Balenciaga SS13 / Camilla&Marc SS13
4. Balenciaga SS13 / Camilla&Marc SS13

4 comments:

indigorchid said...

Ooo, this is a tricky one. One thought I have about this example in particular (to differentiate between this and blatant copying with an aim to exploit, such as Target, H&M, etc.) - how would it benefit a fellow "high end" designer to copy? Wouldn't it just be detrimental to the copying designer to actually be suspected or believed to be copying?

Then again, you could claim a lack of original ideas, and that the designer isn't conscious of their ideas being copies.

This does make me go Hmmmmmmm!

Mica said...

haha I went "hmm" out loud!

It definitely seems very heavily inspired if anything. Strange that so many pieces from the collections would be so similar though - I think if it was one it would have just been similar, but having 3 pieces...well hmmmm....

Jenelle Witty said...

Now understand that I have been buying Camilla and Marc for a good seven years or so, ugh, maybe it is closer to ten, and needless to say I love them, but, seeing the new collection.... I was like, that is Balenciaga. What is the saddest part? They can do better, and are letting themselves down.

harbourmaster said...

Jenelle that's exactly it - they CAN do better. I also have pieces from them that I love, and was hoping for the 10 year anniversary show to show their own style, not another label's...