Designer vs High Street: Nasty Gal’s Balmain Faux Pas

Now anyone who reads these posts on my blog is no stranger to the fact that Nasty Gal love ripping off designers. It doesn’t matter whether they’re indie designers or big name design houses; no copyright is off limits to them. But it’s quite another when they go around claiming designer pieces as one of their …

Designer vs High Street: Gucci vs River Island

Gucci’s spring/summer 2015 collection was all about the seventies girl, from a glamazon found at Studio54, to hippy chic and working girl. As a result the seventies trend is all over the high street this summer. So while some high street brands take the ideas and incorporate them into a mass-produced fashion trend, others take …

Designer vs High Street: Emporio Armani vs Topshop

Let’s face it, most of the time when high street brands rip off designer pieces, it’s a brand usually more high profile and at the top end of the price point. We’re talking Chanel, Saint Laurent and Burberry, not the cheaper diffusion line Emporio Armani. That’s what makes this one such an odd case of …

Designer vs High Street: Dior vs Jeffrey Campbell/Nasty Gal

Dear oh dear, oh dear Nasty Gal. You really do love ripping off designer pieces, don’t you? Well at least you can rest a bit easier as it wasn’t just you this time; shoe brand Jeffrey Campbell has gotten in on the act too. Famed a few years ago for their chunky ankle boots that …

Designer vs High Street: Mansur Gavriel vs Forever 21

For the last few weeks I’ve been covering the high street’s sometimes-imitation-sometimes-rip-off of designer pieces, and most of the time there’s enough of a difference between the two for reasonable doubt to be applied in terms of copyright. Well I can’t really say that about these two bags. They are scarily similar, from the same …

Designer vs High Street: Chanel vs Zara (again!)

Dear, oh dear, oh dear! Zara, the high street brand known for interpreting designer pieces and selling them on the high street are at it again when it comes to producing knock-off pieces of designer collections. Last week, we looked at their take of Chanel’s iconic Le Boy bag, and this week we’re focusing on …

Designer vs High Street: Nasty Gal vs Céline

This week’s ‘Designer vs High Street’ post features American brand Nasty Gal and French über-chic luxury brand Céline. Both have a single earring they’re selling in their stores, both look ridiculously similar but only one is a copyright original. Now there’s nothing new about the high street copying designer pieces; it’s how it makes  its …

Designer vs High Street; Sophia Webster for J Crew and Primark

Hello world, Who knew Primark was so fashion forward? Now they’re pretty fashionable, and I quite like a lot of their stuff, but they’ve never really been in the business of being fashion-forward. They cater to the masses and that is their appeal. So when I first spotted these lovely spotted pumps hitting their shops …

H&M to Collaborate with Maison Martin Margiela

Hello world, Well it’s been confirmed. A day after WWD first reported the rumoured collaboration between Swedish high street giant and the avant garde French fashion house, the confirmation is in. And it’s certainly got the fashion world buzzing and simultaneously scratching their heads at the same time. The collection will drop in over 230 …