Adventures in Copyright: H&M's Carbon Carven Copy

H&M Spring 2012 collection has lots of punchy colors, structured silhouettes, and a jacket we swear we've seen somewhere before...Ah, that's right, w
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H&M Spring 2012 collection has lots of punchy colors, structured silhouettes, and a jacket we swear we've seen somewhere before...Ah, that's right, w
Left: Carven; Right: H&M

Left: Carven; Right: H&M

H&M Spring 2012 collection has lots of punchy colors, structured silhouettes, and a jacket we swear we've seen somewhere before...Ah, that's right, we have! Because Carven put out the exact same jacket for spring 2011. It's certainly a unique, standout piece, putting some interesting twists on an otherwise classic blazer shape--which makes it all the more frustrating that this replica exists. Sure, H&M punched up the color, subbing sunny yellow in for Carven's chic sherbet. But, still: same neckline, same lapels, same cross-over closure, same flap pockets...same jacket.

We're guessing we won't be seeing a Carven x H&M collab any time soon.