Benetton Knocks off Alber's Pretty Face

Sometimes, middle-of-the-road brands take "inspiration" from big name designers. Other times, they steal, plain and simple. This is one of those times
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Sometimes, middle-of-the-road brands take "inspiration" from big name designers. Other times, they steal, plain and simple. This is one of those times
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Sometimes, middle-of-the-road brands take "inspiration" from big name designers. Other times, they steal, plain and simple. This is one of those times.

On a recent trip abroad we spied this green t-shirt at United Colors of Benetton, a place where you don't typically find pieces ripped from the Lanvin look book. Yet that's exactly what we found--a nearly identical replica of Lanvin's own tank, for which designer Alber Elbaz created a one-of-a-kind sketch.

This isn't the first time Elbaz's work has been "reinterpreted," as a reader kindly pointed out. Nearly a year ago, our friends at Forever 21 had a similar idea.

It's one thing to snag a sleeve shape here and a skirt ruffle there, but to blatantly copy an actual piece of art? Unforgivable.