Did Zara Think We Wouldn't Notice Its Moschino Knockoff?

An ode to Moschino, minus the Moschino logo.
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An ode to Moschino, minus the Moschino logo.
The original Moschino sweater, left. Zara's version, right. Photos: Imaxtree, Zara

The original Moschino sweater, left. Zara's version, right. Photos: Imaxtree, Zara

In case you missed it — but honestly, how could you? — Jeremy Scott's inspiration for Moschino's spring 2015 collection was Barbie dolls. The designer had everyone paying close attention the moment he sent model Charlotte Free roller skating down the runway, decked out in attire worthy of a pre-Harvard Elle Woods. (Maybe post-Harvard, too.)

It seems Zara got inspired by Barbie, too. And we don't think it was a coincidence. The Spanish fast fashion retailer created its own sweatshirt printed with the word "Barbie" in pink, which it is currently selling for $49.90

Zara's version is not an exact copy — it's a white sweatshirt instead of a skintight bubblegum pink long-sleeved crop top — but come on. Diagonal, shadowed, curling bubble letters? The very mention of Barbie? Even if it doesn't look identical, the reference to Moschino is all too obvious. Though it's worth noting that Scott's first Barbie collection, a collaboration in 2009, featured similar ideas to that Moschino collection, including pieces printed with the word "Barbie."

Perhaps a bit more creative distance next time, Zara.

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