Uh-Oh, Was Gigi Hadid’s Virgil Abloh-Designed Outfit A Rip-Off?


The CDFA Awards are fashion’s Oscars. Not only are they a chance for designers to be acknowledged for their impact on industry, but it’s a unique opportunity for them to flex their creative muscles via muses on the red carpet. In Virgil Abloh’s case, however, it seems as though there might not have been much creativity involved.

 

Abloh, who once tweeted “Design is the freshest scam. Quote me on that one,” is no stranger to plagiarism allegations. Apparently, they’ve followed him all the way to Louis Vuitton. Gigi Hadid’s Vuitton suit for last night’s ceremony prompted instant backlash from industry insiders who compared the designer’s offering to a recently-released look from LVMH Graduate Prize recipient and Céline-alum Peter Do.

 

Do took to Instagram stories to point out the similarities between the two designs, which are certainly uncanny.

 

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As of this morning, the stories are still live, and it’s only a matter of time before fashion’s most-feared adjudicators, Diet Prada, pick up on the apparent snafu. Lord knows they’ve done it before—as recently, in fact, as a month ago.

 

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Another men’s fashion week, another @off____white collection with cherry picked references from indie streetwear labels? This time, the designs in question are a yellow graffitied ensemble from Cologne-based @colrsbaby by @punkzec , who showed his AW18 collection at @arisefashionweek in Lagos in April 2018, and a graphic from Manchester label @gramm . It could be a coincidence, but Virgil has been known to swipe designs from the fans he meets, some of who happen to be young creatives themselves. Interestingly enough, @punkzec met Virgil prior to one of his presentations in Paris in 2017. Think they talked design? • #colrsbaby #punkzec #arisefashionweek #lagos #streetwear #graffiti #hypebeast #hype #virgilabloh #offwhite #streetstyle #wiwt #ootd #gramm #hoodie #sweatshirt #manchester #cologne #snobshots #dietprada

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So @virgilabloh & Henrik Most (a creative leader at IKEA Range and Supply) talked design philosophy last month at a workshop with @ikeatoday …specifically about elevating a chair design for their collab so it “feels more like an art object than a typical chair that serves its functions with four equal legs”. Well, that “typical chair” is actually an icon of mid-century design by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group series. Manufactured by Winchendon Furniture Company, it was among the best selling contemporary furniture lines of the 1950s and in production up until 1964…that is until Virgil decided to relaunch it and elevate it (quite literally) with an added doorstop lol. Tbh, we all get your approach by now, but it would actually be much more interesting to know the sources of your “inspiration”…especially if they’re this iconic. • #virgilabloh #ikea #paulmccobb #plannergroup #winchendon #furniture #midcentury #midcenturymodern #industrialdesign #american #ikeahack #offwhite #streetwear #streetstyle #hypebeast #hypebae #interiordesign #dietprada

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We know now that Virgil is a fan of Spatialist artist Lucio Fontana’s work (see June 26th post), but we didn’t expect him to ALSO rip off a famed graphic designer’s work for a 1966 exhibition on that very same artist. AG Fronzoni’s ‘Fontana Galleria La Polena Genova 1-28 Ottobre 1966” vs. @off____white ‘s FW16 t-shirt. One of these Fronzoni posters is housed at Milan’s @latriennale , about 15-20 minutes from the Off-White headquarters lol. Dieters, comment if you’d also like to see Fronzoni’s work contextualized within Virgil’s @mcachicago retrospective next June. • #agfronzoni #offwhite #virgilabloh #luciofontana #art #graphicdesign #design #spatialism #latriennale #museum #mcachicago #hypebeast #hypebae #snobshots #tshirt #whitetshirt #jamesdeandaydream #wiwt #ootd #dietprada

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While we wait for Diet Prada’s inevitable strike, let us recall Raf Simons’ memorable response to GQ when asked which young designers inspire him: “Not Off-White. He’s a sweet guy. I like him a lot actually. But I’m inspired by people who bring something that I think has not been seen, that is original.”

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