For this edition of Adventures in Copyright, a reader tipped us off to another one of those copies that just doesn't make sense at all. Guess by Marciano, the contemporary, "fashion-forward" extension of Guess, Inc., made the "Blair Vintage Dress," (right) whose description reads, "With embellishments inspired by our favorite styles of eras past, this vintage-inspired dress is a classic reinvented." By "eras past," they must mean a couple of years ago, when Rodarte made this exact same dress for Target (left). Maybe Guess thought they could get away with it since the Rodarte for Target version was in stores a couple of years ago, but thanks to the recent Go International re-release, the very same dress is not only still available--it's on sale for $15.74. The Guess by Marciano dress is $168.
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Adventures In Copyright: Another PS1 by…The Gap?
A reader tipped us off to yet another mass retailer selling a handbag that looks very similar to Proenza's PS1. This time, surprisingly, it's the Gap. Gap's version seems to be denim and while the front buckles are a little different, it has the same top handle, shoulder strap and triangular flap as the original. It's weird - Gap doesn't usually do knock-offs, but I guess everyone wants in on this ridiculously popular messenger bag.
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.