Sunday, May 4, 2008

Counterfeit Chic?

Is this fair? The design on the left is by Jonathan Saunders and retails for $1635. The one on the right you can get at Forever 21 for $22.80. Forever 21 is always being accused of copying one designers work or another. The thing is, in North America, there are no copyright laws that protect designs from being copied. Now in Europe, doing this can result in some serious lawsuits. On one hand, I feel that Forever 21 caters to a clientele that can't afford designer clothes, so they aren't really taking away from the upscale designer market. But, on the other hand, does that make it right? Not really.

Here are a few more Forever 21 "steals":

Anna Sui tried to sue for this one. The top sold at forever 21 for less than $20. The Anna Sui sold for hundreds.

Catherine Holstein's dress on the left sold for $420. The Forever 21 copy sold for $27.80.

Diane von Furstenberg, hundreds. Forever 21, $32.80

Left: Kate Moss for Topshop, approx. $125 Right: Forever 21, $24.90

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