There are few fashion bloggers on the scene right now with as much social media power as Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat. The New York-based 23-year-old has a staggering 1.2 million followers on Instagram, and many of her posts showcases some high-end fashion item — a Chanel Boy bag, Saint Laurent boots, a Balmain dress — that the majority of her fans could only dream of purchasing.
That's where collaborations come in: Like many other bloggers, Bernstein has partnered with a handful of labels in the past (Topshop, for example) to offer her followers a piece of her personal style at an accessible price point. This is all well and good, until the items begin to resemble designers' runway looks a little too closely.
According to Instagram, Bernstein's latest collaboration is with Morgan Lane, a lingerie brand designed and founded by Morgan Curtis, a Central Saint Martins alum and former women's designer for Solid and Striped. During Paris Fashion Week, the blogger posted a sneak peek of their upcoming collection to build buzz among her followers (see above), but we — and a handful of commenters — couldn't help but notice how similar the "choker bralette" looks to the lacy underthings that accented much of Alexander McQueen's fall 2015 collection.
The McQueen version, which is leather and is available for purchase on Net-a-Porter right now, will set you back a whopping $2,755, which isn't exactly reasonable for a glorified bra; Morgan Lane's price points are much lower, falling in the contemporary range. The way both Net-a-Porter and Bernstein styled it — underneath a black blazer with high-rise trousers — is vastly different from how it was worn on the runway, but to say the individual piece is "inspired" by Sarah Burton's design would be a vast understatement.
UPDATE: A rep for Morgan Lane tells Fashionista that this design was a one-off piece created specifically for Bernstein and to her specifications. It's not an official collaboration and will not be available for sale.