Vena Cava, an indie label that was on the brink of going under in 2011, took to Instagram to accuse Alice + Olivia of copying one of their prints. Alice + Olivia is a much bigger label with a lot more capital that sells its goods in more than 800 locations across 50 countries. It might seem easy to go after a big label — except the accusation seems fairly unfounded.
The post is captioned: “@aliceandolivia_ Please stop being ‘inspired’ by our prints from last season. Get a library card.”
And the Alice + Olivia “Blair” dress. Which features a yellow floral print on a dress of a completely different silhouette.
Here’s a shot of that dress, which actually looks more similar to Vena Cava than the Alice + Olivia piece.
But really, everyone “borrows” inspiration in the fashion industry. That’s how the design process works.
So, maybe every label should “get a library card.”
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