Givenchy recently debuted their Fall 2009 “fashion” accessories line by Riccardo Tisci. For anyone confused about how this line differs from their ordinary accessories line, “fashion” means cheaper, as in lower quality and (supposedly) higher accessibility. Apparently it also means ripping off hot new designers. The neon jewelry from the collection looks extraordinarily similar to the designs of Avant Guardian favorite, Tom Binns. Minus the off-kilter, dirty glam touches.
This comes months after TopShop sold out of their neon rhinestone necklaces, which retailed for under $70. All of the accessories in the Givenchy line will be under $500, which makes them only slightly cheaper than the original pieces by Binns, and sometimes not, depending on the piece. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to buy a designer imposter, I want it to be significantly less expensive than the original, not a hundred bucks cheaper.
There’s something terribly devious to me about a high end designer ripping off a hot new designer. Retailers like TopShop and H&M bring high design to the masses, at prices that anyone can afford. But it seems to me like Givenchy is just plain stealing, and that’s not cool.
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