I was staring at this, trying to come up with something other than, "How to turn a great Alexander Wang bag into a garbage bag with zippers," when Faran sent me this - the Jeffrey Campbell shoe at left. Alex sent the shoes - with buckles, in snakeskin, with ruched leather, always platformed - down his AW09 runway. Since then we've seen them on Jak & Jil, at every party south of 14th street, on celebrity feet and on the pages of Vogue to Dazed. In short, they were a hit. So like Marc's famous booties and Acne's sold-out wedges, Jeffrey Campbell's made his own. They're $173, which is probably about $500 less than Wang's, and made from real leather. However, the leather lacks the sheen of Wang's, and so do the three bronze buckles. Though we will say Jeffrey Campbell's much better at this than Steve Madden.
Adventures in Copyright: Chris Benz is Jeffrey Campbell's Latest Victim
We were just tipped off that someone--namely, frequent AIC offender Jeffrey Campbell--has ripped off those ingenious Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz woven wedges. The original is a classic tawny style--perfect for floor-skimming trousers and dresses--and retails for $795. Apparently Jeffrey Campbell thought they were perfect, too, and made an identical shoe for $148. Aside from being a semi-hideous orange mustard color, the copy is also really awkward looking, with a thicker strap and a square top. Where the original is elegant, this one is just... cheaper, and not in the awesome, I-just-scored-a-sweet-deal way. For more than $600 less, the knockoff is definitely more affordable, but is it really worth $150?