Adventures in Copyright: Everyone Loves Givenchy

It's undeniable that Givenchy's SS10 collection was a landmark moment for the house and designer Ricardo Tisci. A little bit tribal, a little bit psychedlic, the clothes are über popular, most recently seen on the backs of the attendees of the Marina Abramhovic dinner at MoMA. Most popular, it seems, is the black and white blazer seen at left. An optical eye-catcher, this design was a hit on the runway, and a hit in stores--only without the Givenchy label. Both Zara and Anthropologie have created blazers highly resembling the Givenchy piece.
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It's undeniable that Givenchy's SS10 collection was a landmark moment for the house and designer Ricardo Tisci. A little bit tribal, a little bit psychedlic, the clothes are über popular, most recently seen on the backs of the attendees of the Marina Abramhovic dinner at MoMA. Most popular, it seems, is the black and white blazer seen at left. An optical eye-catcher, this design was a hit on the runway, and a hit in stores--only without the Givenchy label. Both Zara and Anthropologie have created blazers highly resembling the Givenchy piece.
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It's undeniable that Givenchy's SS10 collection was a landmark moment for the house and designer Ricardo Tisci. A little bit tribal, a little bit psychedlic, the clothes are über popular, most recently seen on the backs of the attendees of the Marina Abramhovic dinner at MoMA.

Most popular, it seems, is the black and white blazer seen at left. An optical eye-catcher, this design was a hit on the runway, and a hit in stores--only without the Givenchy label. Both Zara and Anthropologie have created blazers highly resembling the Givenchy piece.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

First, let's look at the Anthropologie blazer.

The striping in almost exactly the same, with larger white stripes and thin black ones spaced evenly apart. The collar shape is similar, with the stripes on the Anthropologie blazer making a slight V, as opposed to Givenchy's straight lines. The Anthropologie blazer also has not buttons, just like the Givenchy. There's really no way that this isn't intended as an affordable copy of the Givenchy piece. And at $98 it's still pricey for not-the-real-thing.

Zara

Zara

The Zara blazer is a little different from the Givenchy.

While it mimics the striping of the Givenchy, it's tailored to nip in at the waist, and it has black piping trimming the collar, sleeves, and pockets. We can't really say this is a copy of the Givenchy, but it's probably an attempt to get in on the striped blazer trend started at Givenchy. A little less expensive at $79.90, it's not a totally ridiculous buy.

Would you rock a faux Givenchy, or are you holding out for the real thing?