Is no one safe? We expect Forever 21 to rip off guys and gals like Marc, Diane and Christian - but Marni?! The Italian label's black balloon bag will forever remind us of Spring '08 fashion week, when we saw the coolest European editors toting it all over Manhattan. It's the go-to label for hip girls who want an awesome bag that refrains from logos and the label "It". But now even Marni has trickled down about as low as a design can go - until Canal Street of course. Forever 21's version looks like it's made out of a garbage bag and Marni's leather looks baby soft, even online. That must be why it costs a million times more. That, and it's an original design. We'll just keeping dreaming about this tinsel bag instead.
Adventures in Copyright: Really, Forever 21?
A reader sent in this tip--a Forever 21 T-shirt that says a bunch of nonsense in the exact same font and design as this Marc by Marc tote. We thought this was such a strange thing to copy. The tote bag is not even part of the main Marc by Marc collection, but a $28 "special item" available only at Marc by Marc stores alongside condoms and key chains. The tongue-in-cheek label hilariously reads "Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs." The Forever 21 Tee says something about "heritage" and "California" and blah blah blah.