Word on the street, or in the Tuileries, is that French Vogue was blacklisted from Balenciaga via Max Mara.
The magazine's editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld, consults, or did consult, for the Italian brand. She allegedly asked Balenciaga for samples for an editorial shoot, and one of the coats ended up at Max Mara's design studio where it was copied and then sent back to Paris.
Balenciaga's notoriously strict with their samples -- almost everyone has to promise they'll shoot the head to toe runway look and samples are usually lent out for a day at a time -- and when the French label heard about Max Mara, they lost it.
If fashion were a monarchy, Carine would be our queen, so we hate to think she deliberately sent Max Mara the coat, but our sources say it was no mistake.