Vena Cava has called out Alice + Olivia over Instagram for ripping off one of its prints.
The image the brand posted to its Instagram account features a dress from Vena Cava's fall 2012 collection (left) next to a print from Alice + Olivia's pre-spring 2013 collection (right). The caption? "@alice_olivia Please stop being "inspired" by our prints from last season. Get a library card." Wowza. Nothing subtle about that.
Racked noticed the brewing spat last night, and since then commenters have taken sides. The prints are similar but not identical. One commenter went so far as to point out that the original Vena Cava design was actually "inspired" by a vintage dress in designer Lisa Mayock's closet that she wore in Elle Magazine circa 2009.
Because as we all know, everything old in fashion is new again.
So what do you guys think--should Alice + Olivia check out its local library branch, or is Vena Cava overdue for a chill pill?
We've reached out to Vena Cava and Alice + Olivia will update if we hear back.
UPDATE: We've received the following statement from Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet:
In the past eleven years we have never been accused of imitating another designer’s print. We take great pride in the artwork we create for our brand. This print was an interpretation of a vintage screen that has been in my office for years. We then used botanical iris print illustrations to create our own unique version.