In February, 2006, Jessica Stam opened the Miu Miu show in a shapeless yellow silk sack with giant black stars stamped all over it. It was a defining moment for Miu Miu because it was sort of a wakeup call: Whoa, we all said, This is really young, and really hip, and way underrated, isn't it? It was also the season that Miu Miu prices positively skyrocketed, to the point where a M.M. bag cost the same, if not more, than a Prada bag of the same size - and this was shocking, and a bit obnoxious, considering that Miu Miu is supposed to be the secondary line. What if a Marc by Marc bag cost $1000? Anyway, yesterday we were walking down 11th St. in the East Village and we see this dress by Min-K - whom you may remember for making the insane Cameron Diaz "best dressed" frock of last year, as well as a series of Lindsay/ Sienna tops that the two wore as dresses, with tights. This time, Min-K is not offering a starlet cover-up, but instead a knock off of Jessica Stam's Miu Miu dress. It would be darling on its own, but alas. There's always a kind of moral dilemma that happens when you see a knock off of something you can't buy anymore, because you're like, "But it's not on sale now, so why not?" Perhaps we should ask The Ethicist.
Adventures in Copyright: Miu Miu vs. La Diva
A wise reader e-mailed us this AIC, and we're shocked to see the similarities between the Miu Miu AW09 handbag ad at left and the ad for a handbag line called La Diva at right. Not only are the two bags extremely alike, but the ad itself is styled completely after the Miu Miu ad. From the whitewashed, peachy palette, to the model's indifferent touch of the face. All we have to say is, seriously?