grumblings about design theft is always a tricky matter. designers take inspiration, and sometimes even explicit designs, from fashion's very expansive past. can anyone own the past? some designers are more like stylists, building collections on reworked material. marc jacobs does this very well. even miuccia prada builds more of a collage rather than starting from scratch. sometimes it looks like carpet scraps, and sometimes it's art painted on gossamer pajamas, but while it might be something we haven't seen, as a compilation, on the runway before, it is not altogether foreign either. an original recreation of sorts.
then there are designers who force people to search for words to capture the effect, or even to describe the very clothing. sometimes words fail, because the clothing comes from somewhere so new, there are no words yet. these are builders of fashion.
one side effect of such conceptual (an inadequate but popular way to describe it) work is that it seems fairly un-recreate-able.
it's not about going to a thrift store and pulling from the same vintage archives that the designer sorted through a year ago. it's not about hopping over to a mass chain and buying the near-identical pattern in a related cut. these are original coming and going, it seems to me. they don't borrow from others, and others don't..."borrow" from them.
which designers/collections, in your opinion, are highly UN-copyable?
Posted by editor