Adventures In Copyright: Give It A Pearl

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Alber Elbaz re-appropriated the classic pearl necklace for his Spring 09 show, bejeweling his girls with chandelier shapes. The jewels were so beautiful, in fact, that Forever 21 was "inspired" to delve into their good old bag of blatant knock-off tricks -- a reader noticed after spotting the Lanvin collar in an Elle editorial. Maybe the mega-chain thought the addition of a plastic rhinestone or two would hide the fact that they stole the essential shape and drape of Alber's design? But we're pretty sure it doesn't make up for the "pearls" and cheap glue used in production. We don't know about you, but we'd prefer our jewelry to last past Memorial Day. --CARSON GRIFFITH