Yesterday we posted an Adventures in Copyright which pointed out that the crystal cuffs from Chanel’s fall show looked a lot like some Pamela Love made last year as part of her fall 2011 collection. We reached out to both Chanel and Pamela Love for comment and while Pamela Love chose not to comment, Chanel got back to us with the following statement:
For the A/W 2012 collection, Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the ‘mineral earth’ theme that explored amethyst, crystal and quartz. The theme was captured by the design of the show which included a runway of white granite sand, by the setting which featured huge crystal and amethyst columns, and by the clothing which was in earthy hues of purple, blue and gray. In keeping with the inspiration, large and colorful crystals also adorned some of the clothing and accessories, including heavy bracelets. It has been brought to our attention that some of the bracelets that appeared in the show may resemble those of another designer. Out of respect for the concerns raised and for the artistic process generally the House has decided not to offer these bracelets for sale as part of the A/W 2012 collection.
Wow. Generally, Chanel dazzles us with great clothes and edgy campaigns and over-the-top sets for fashion shows, but here, the House has shown their ethics to be pretty impressive, too. Fashion designers “borrow” from each other all the time–we point this out from time to time in our long-running Adventures in Copyright column. Sometimes there’s a lawsuit, but, more often than not, nothing happens. Chanel proves the exception.
What do you make of Chanel’s decision?